Letter: Second-hand swearing? What about second-hand smoke?
September 23, 2014
This is in response to the recent letter regarding a verbal confrontation at a gas station in town.
After reading this letter it was apparent that this person just wanted someone to complain about and blame. They made no consideration that perhaps they were taking too long or were genuinely inconveniencing someone. This letter read like a blog post complaining about an incident of road rage. Then at the end of the letter I saw the name. We're neighbors!
And guess what? In the 18 months of being neighbors we have observed the letter writer and his significant others' cigarette smoking habit. Sometimes when my wife or I are outside we can smell the second-hand smoke. It also appears he smokes indoors. With his child. The same child that was subjected to so much outrageous second-hand swearing for a few minutes also has to live with a lifetime of second-hand smoke. The swearing doesn't seem like the main issue anymore.
As one season of tourism winds down and another is about to begin, let us have a little more compassion and patience for each other. We are all feeling the squeeze of stagnant wages, unemployment, and general malaise and dissatisfaction with our country. Let's stick together and help each other instead of just blaming others. Looking at ourselves is the first step, and it may be the hardest.