Bravo, Robert Ehlert, on civility, Statesman Nov. 8. Some of our most visible and influential Americans desperately need to practice simple courtesy and honesty. Politicians who revel in misinterpreting others, presenting partial quotes out of context, and significant exaggerations. Media, such as Fox News or even the “light news” of NBC’s “Today” show, where presenters speak so aggressively over each other that listeners cannot distinguish what has been said. Drivers who refuse to let another vehicle merge, or blast their horns at the least hesitation or mistake of another. Electronic posters who attack the positions of others with crude, foul language, often based upon ignorance of facts.
Excellent examples exist for all of us to emulate. A few of my own recent experiences: Servers at Lucky Fins restaurant. Appliance deliverymen from Lowe’s (who will not accept tips). Cross Town movers. Idaho Central Credit Union staff. Hammett Homes. Blaze Pizza. Lyle Pearson’s service departments. Most health care professionals, many teachers, many salespersons.
Basic kindness should be clearly taught by parents and schools and constantly reinforced by all of us. If only generosity toward others, rather than impatience and cruelty, could become our next national epidemic. Thank you, Mr. Ehlert.
Kay Collins, Eagle