The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.
Are you tired of hearing about the outbursts in Congress, on the tennis court and during a television awards show? Or maybe you think we should continue to use this as an opportunity to really call ourselves to task...to remember how we were raised! Were those incidents, all occurring within days, just coincidental or are we really experiencing a shift in what we would consider common courtesy...decency? Certainly, we have the right to express our displeasure...to disagree with others...but there is a time, place and way to do all of that. In the last decade many things have changed...causing fear and frustration for many of us and callousness in others. New technology, including the internet, has allowed us to express our frustration anonymously... and, boy, have I read emails from folks who would NEVER use such threatening, venomous words if they had to put their names or faces with them...most folks, anyway. Whether our opinions or anger are expressed in public or from the privacy of our computer, have our frustrations...our fears...our sense of powerless caused us lose our sense of balance and fairness...to forget our civility? What do you think?
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