Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Appalled by rude remarks

Most of the past quarter year that I've been in Hailey, I've observed good, kind people doing good and kind things for others. At other times I've seen a small number of folks here in rude and inconsiderate frames of mind.

Granted, there are rude people everywhere. Some people have a special kind of ignorance, though, such as what I witnessed on a recent evening at a grocery store in Hailey. Tell me, is it acceptable for a grown man to behave like a child?

Indeed, it was a long line, and those are frustrating. However, it isn't acceptable or right to fire off senseless comments about welfare and what people can and cannot buy with assistance for food. The folks in front of both of us were the target of this person's cruel words. They were checking out, undoubtedly a family who went to get groceries, not expecting to be put down. I was frustrated and disheartened at this display of cruelty.

This isn't about welfare, though. This is about common decency and patience, and treating people as you'd have them treat you. Be kind to others, my fellow men. You never know if you'll ever fall into something painful and need a helping hand yourself.

Jason Hanny


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