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By Floyd Miller | May 1, 2014

Heroand Lifetime Achiever: Inappropriate Honors Cliven Bundy, theNevada Rancher, and Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, are inthe news.They have both made some racist remarks, and that is gettinga lot of press. I think both individuals spoke what was in their hearts. We arenot likely to change these individuals. “A good man brings good things out ofthe good stored up in his heart, and evil man brings evil things out of theevil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”Luke 6:45 NIV. The thing that intrigues me most is how Fox News and themilitia promoted Bundy as a hero and the NAACP thought Sterling was worthy of aLifetime Achievement Award. Let’s see what sky rocketed them into the spotlightbefore their racist comments. According to the Bureau of Land Management, Bundyowed them 1.1 million dollars in unpaid trespassing fees and penalties afterletting his herd of 900 cattle graze on federal land near the town ofBunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of LasVegas, for the last 20 years.{{more}} When did we, as a society, decide it was alright to armourselves and be willing to shoot it out with the government because someonedidn’t pay their bills? And what was it that propelled Mr. Sterling into thespotlight? Well it was a little argument with his girlfriend. I’m referring tothe girlfriend that his wife is suing. Yes, Mr. Sterling has a wife and a girlfriend. In today’s society that might be considered an achievement by some.However, it falls miserably short of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ithink it is important that we hold ourselves to a higher standard by choosingproper role models for our children and society. It does not appear that onewho cheats the government and one who cheats on his wife deserve to be referredto as a Hero or receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.