I said it before, and I'll say it again, Payson Roundup readers should be glad they have Richard Haddad for a publisher. His stand on social issues, reflected in his op-ed pieces, is consistently refreshing and reassuring -- especially in light of the lockstep, one-dimensional mindset of most newspapers and their publishers, who seem to have diluted journalistic standards and thrown ethics and moral ideals out the window for the sake of increased circulation and lucrative advertising revenue.
A case in point, Haddad's May 2 editorial, "Proud of the grandmother who spoke up," in which he addresses something that, on its face, appears trivial and of little consequence in the workday world of the average Joe (or Jane) -- i.e., the use of foul language in public, particularly among young people -- but which is something that, actually, is an important indicator (some might call it part of an ‘index of leading cultural indicators') that helps us see where we are as a society and where we're going based on how we communicate with one another and how sensitive we are to the impressions we leave when we communicate, publicly, in a manner that is deemed coarse and reprehensible.
Bridling the tongue is an ancient discipline that has always required a good deal of effort, and an eye toward achieving a certain devotional and religious objective: "Let your speech be always full of grace, seasoned with salt," said the apostle, "that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." If you think it's offensive to hear teenagers and young children using profane language with each other, you should get an earful of their parents and other "adults" conversing amongst themselves with that same kind of vile verbiage, in front of even their own kids! The same creator who made the tongue, also made it possible for us to use it for either blessing or cursing. Which do you think he would prefer?
I applaud anyone willing to speak up and call attention to the rank and execrable abuses of this wonderful gift of language and human speech that so many of us take for granted, and use merely as a vehicle for expelling the flatulence of our souls. The dignity, beauty and potential for conveying trust that language possesses is certainly worth defending at personal cost. Indeed, I'm proud of the publisher who spoke up!
Paul J. Ramirez, Payson