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July 8, 2014

LETTERS: Is showing respect a thing of the past?

Is showing respecta thing of the past?

Watching fireworks with my family Saturday night in downtown Kokomo reminded me why I can’t stand going to overly crowded public events.

Like most of the “normal” folks, we had positioned ourselves so we could see the show, placing our chairs and kids in what appeared to be a good location. Then, right before liftoff, the loud, smoking, drinking, cussing and half-naked crowd shows up and stands right in front of us as if we didn’t exist.

I have a hard time understanding inconsiderate people who have no respect for others. I have an even harder time understanding a person’s “right” to smoke and blow in the face of my children.

The Kokomo Common Council is currently considering a citywide smoking ban in all public places. It’s a shame we have to regulate common sense and public decency. Maybe we could regulate nudity or even restrict those who thought it necessary to parade their pit bulls through the innocent masses. I leave these events wondering, maybe I’m not normal.

I just don’t understand why people can’t show some class. I’m not talking about cultural characteristics, social position or status based upon net worth, but a standard of personal behavior that is admirably respectful of people around you who don’t necessarily share your personal taste in music, smoking, drinking, language, animals or nudity. Being classy costs you nothing, and yet it seems to be a forgotten practice.

William Cory Stanley

Kokomo

‘It’s hard to believe’ that this can happen

I wonder if God was coming to town next week, if it would make front page news for two days straight? Probably not!

This is the greatest country on earth, and I never want to live anywhere else, but it’s hard to comprehend how a rogue, leftist judge can override the way God wants us to live. It’s hard to believe it can happen.

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