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2013 Person of the Year:

Judge Nancy Butts ... Taking the heroin bull by the horns

December 31, 2013

It’s one thing to sit on the bench and pass judgement on those who break society’s laws....

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MrShaman

Jan-01-14 6:29 AM

"...America needs heroes and people to look up to." - RealAmerican

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...Even if they're Chickenhawks...like John Wayne...right??

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See:

Memorializing The Deadly Myth Of John Wayne - Truthdig

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MrShaman

Jan-01-14 6:25 AM

"Ayn Rand wrote books that awoke the Americans public back to the sense of heroes." - RealAmerican

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No. Ayn Rand was (merely) one, more promoter of a "Master Race" (i.e. "the producers of all wealth") vs. "those people" (i.e. "useless parasites"/"the workers").

How ironic that...T-Baggers are continually promoting a true-Fascist (like her), as some kind of "libertarian".

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See:

War on the Weak - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

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MrShaman

Jan-01-14 6:13 AM

"The rudest, most insensitive, an meanest judge on the bench." - TheMoe

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Hey...you know what "they say"..."Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Maybe you (simply) need to spend less time in-front-of-her.

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rmiller

Jan-01-14 12:44 AM

The posts bearing what some may see as negative, are perhaps based on individual encountering. That does not diminish the veracity of the thoughts and expressions from either perspective, good or bad. I take note that those who applaud her seem to base their approval of this prized title on local reporting and decisions handed down that affect the town as opposed to those who have experienced first hand what she is like. Just saying...not all, but most...

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rmiller

Jan-01-14 12:37 AM

" I have been to several hearings Judge Butts has proceeded over, and found her to be extremely patient toward defendants, but also firm in dispensing justice."

Well Larry, her offenders may be offended. But, for those who were before her for reasons other than criminal, she did "use" her power and I can personally attest to her abuse of that power. But, she won't be the first judge to ever do so, nor the last. This is reflective of our judicial system up to and including the Supreme Court. Judges, this one being no exception, often re-interpret the letter of the law, not apply the law. I will not belabor my personal appearance before this woman, but I do not respect her.

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spike2

Dec-31-13 8:53 PM

Thanks. I only read online. Didn't follow the bio's.

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RealAmerican

Dec-31-13 7:17 PM

Ayn Rand wrote books that awoke the Americans public back to the sense of heroes. In a time when collectivism and progressivism worshipped the mass of workers and traditions structures, such as the Catholic Church, Rands writings focused on such Americans as Butts. Our community needs heroes. Sure, Butts may have shortcomings as many humans do. However, America needs heroes and people to look up to.

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prouddad

Dec-31-13 6:20 PM

spike2: The other finalists - Andree Phillips, Rob Steele, Carol Sides and William Martin (I think that's everyone!) - were profiled on the front page in recent days.

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Luey22

Dec-31-13 5:18 PM

Congratulations the Honorable Judge Butts! I cannot think of a more deserving recipient. For those of you who are so NEGATIVE, earn your degree and walk a mile in her shoes before judging. Do not let the city down with the h-e-r-o-I-n issue and remain focused on healing the problem. Again, congratulations and keep up the GREAT work.

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hopeforfuture

Dec-31-13 3:14 PM

I know (lol) the new landlord committee nominated her.

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spike2

Dec-31-13 2:31 PM

Who were the nominees? Did I miss this?

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LarryStout

Dec-31-13 12:47 PM

My congratulations to Judge Butts and also to the fine account given by Elizabeth Regan. I have worked personally with Judge Butts on the ****** Task Force, and have been very impressed with her commitment and passion for this cause. She also displays the rare leadership traits of humility as well as listening to others. As far as her temperament on the bench, I have been to several hearings Judge Butts has proceeded over, and found her to be extremely patient toward defendants, but also firm in dispensing justice. This may understandably offend the offenders. Overall, I believe the Sun-Gazette hit a homerun on their choice for the Person of the Year. Nancy Butts deserves every accolade possible.

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imhoo13

Dec-31-13 11:22 AM

In order to be a fair and just Judge, you need to have a certain amount of compassion and understanding for the situation at hand. She does this the first time you are in front of her. However, if you repeatedly appear after she has given you a chance to rehabilitate yourself and fail to do so, of course any Judge SHOULD come down harder. I have personally seen Judge Butts on many occasions hand down fair sentences for offenders (first time or multiple). She truly does care for the community and proves it with any contact I have had with her or witnessed. Congratulations to a worthy recipient.

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Shirly

Dec-31-13 9:54 AM

Congratulations to Judge Butts! To work as hard as she does and to be as dedicated to this community as she is, well, it's great that her service is recognized.

And to "Jim" and "Moe" whose comments appear below...what? Did you appear before her in court and get what you deserved? Your comments sound an awful lot like sour grapes. Tsk. Tsk.

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TheMoe

Dec-31-13 9:33 AM

The rudest, most insensitive, an meanest judge on the bench. It's good that she's trying to clean up ****** traffic. She should clean up her persona too.

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Capricorn1

Dec-31-13 7:39 AM

I think this was an excellent choice. We need somebody to think outside the box to solve the problems of this city. She has gone above and beyond her duties as a judge and I hope her day reporting center initiative comes to light to free up tax dollars being wasted housing non violent offenders. The only mistake they made was auctioning off those three schools when one of them would have been perfect for this center.

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hopeforfuture

Dec-31-13 6:21 AM

One person can circumvent the law and appoint a vigilante posse to go after their fellow landlords.

WOW

Person of the year?

Sounds like the REDs in Russia when they took down their government, all we need now is to appoint a compliant leader of the country. OH wait he is there already.

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MrShaman

Dec-31-13 5:57 AM

Good choice, for Person of the Year...the SAME year that "3 Strikes" is (finally) recognized as a HUGE mistake.

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Kohler

Dec-31-13 5:47 AM

@CaymanJim: Why must women's accomplishments be downplayed or ridiculed? What great things have you done lately?

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CaymanJim

Dec-31-13 2:18 AM

Gee...this week,first we had "Joan of Arc". Now, we have.."Judge Judy"??

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