Letter: Have tolerances gone too far by allowing f-word on signs?
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To the editor:
As I walked out of an eating establishment in Nelson, I noted a professionally produced sign on the side of an adjoining building. Walz F***atorium or something of that sort. I was embarrassed. I grew up in a small community, live in a rural area and proud of the community standards and kindness, although I remember seeing another sign on I-94, F*** Biden. Have our tolerances gone too far?
As a professional I worked with troubled youth. A regular mantra was “own your own feelings.” If you are angry, say it, own it and figure out what to do to resolve the conflict. Being angry, disappointed or upset doesn’t give you the right to hurt others. Obscenities do nothing but reflect on your own limited vocabulary. So, if you are upset with your candidate not winning an election, say it then figure out what to do to change the policies or get someone else elected.
And for community standards. How is it that we allow these signs? Even chuckle at them when we wouldn’t allow a seventh-grader to post this in the hall of the school. It is OK for adults but not children. There’s a problem. I suppose like me, many aren’t sure what to do, it seems so out of the expected. I see community leaders, spiritual leaders and legal authorities have a responsibility but so do I. I am starting with this letter and follow up asking those leaders to act.