Karen Babb: Forget Granby, a ‘friendly’ Mayberry beckons
To the Editor:
It’s a shame that Kia Sosa from Chicago had such a “shattering” visit to Granby.
Perhaps her next working summer vacation would be better spent in the little utopia of Mayberry:
1. Opie could solve all her cell and internet connectivity issues;
2. Andy could be “tickled pink” chauffeuring her around in his squad car;
3. Barney Fife could play strictly restricted music on his harmonica;
4. Ernest T. Bass could take her squirrel hunting-undoubtedly fitting her preconceived small-town American image of quintessence;
5. And Aunt Bea could ply her with tea and cookies, keeping her “warm” and “fuzzy.”
Believe it or not, the town of “Mayberry” would be perplexed as to why this student considers attending a fine college, growing up in a pleasant neighborhood or belonging to a sorority, as being a “stigma,” a label for persecution. Perhaps, Floyd the barber, and town philosopher, could possibly shed some light on this.
I wish this “rising sophomore” the very best in her chosen career in journalism; however, it might be prudent for her to focus her concentration on the academics regarding the ethics of balanced, fair and unbiast reporting. Her recent op-ed piece embodied quite the opposite with vitriolic words playing a “blame game” for the very problems she herself created.
The street of friendliness is two-way; and being gracious, sensitive to the feelings of others and appreciative of diversity is part of this delightful road.
An admiring neighbor and visitor to Granby
Karen L. Babb
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