Richard Haddad, publisher of the Payson Roundup, is to be commended for his editorial, "Decency Wins Over Vulgarity and Violence." More people must become outspoken on the subject before we can return to the gentle society I remember from my youth.
I recall a time when men were kept in county jails for using profane and abusive language in the presence of women and children. And today I hear women and children engaged in such rhetoric -- everywhere I go.
As a child, my very protective father tried to shelter me from unpleasant conversation. I spent a great deal of time with him in his place of business, and when a man entered the shop who Dad knew to use a distasteful utterance, I was sent home. I always knew why I was asked to go, and I was pleased to abide by my father's command. The abuse in talk is so widespread in today's society, it's impossible to shield children from it.
I feel that clergymen could do a great deal to remedy the problem if they were to encourage parishioners to become outspoken on the subject. Abusive language leads to abusive behavior. I have a tendency to occasionally say to someone who has fouled the air in my presence, "That's not a pretty way of speaking." It gets me into trouble sometimes, but that's all right!
If every concerned person in this town were to become so outspoken, we could make a difference. And Payson could lead the nation in bringing about a more kind and gentle society. Naive? I don't think so. Let's give it a try.