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SPEECH: We adults should set an example

Letter by Jim Joy, University Place on March 20, 2012 at 10:53 am | 14 Comments »
March 20, 2012 12:51 pm

Re: “Just because we’re in the barnyard, we don’t have to roll with the pigs” (Kathleen Parker column, 3-18).

Hooray for Kathleen Parker! Her timely comments about the thoroughly repugnant language used recently by radio and TV commentators needed saying. Why is it that any American would find the degradation of a woman enlightening or funny, whether or not it is said in a political context? This is not a Third World country we live in.

Too many adults seem to forget the “setting the example” part of being an adult. I spent 28 years in the Army, and I am not shocked by expletives heard on the battlefield, in the barracks or from too much booze in the local bar, although I still cringe at it at times.

But our kids already hear far too much “piggish” language on the street, on TV or even in today’s music. Why can’t we adults set a higher example? Why can’t we demonstrate the intelligence to express ourselves without resorting to the four-letter word? Why can’t we just talk nice?

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