CARTOON WAS DISRESPECTFUL TO POLICE
As a family and friend of law enforcement personnel, I feel impelled to respond to that somewhat negative impression presented by the Lee Judge cartoon on the Aug. 20 Viewpoint page.
Perhaps those not on the inside do not understand what these men and women face on a daily basis, to protect you and me, nor are they aware of possible inside information as to what is going on and what may have been planned by subversive elements.
It is my opinion that to underestimate the mob mentality would be dangerous, not only to law enforcement but to the general population as well. And if we tie the hands of law enforcement, where would we turn for protection?
Who would maintain the peace?
Of course, there could be rogues that flip out due to the continual stress of the job, but they are rare.
Rather than laugh at defensive action, put yourself in the position of having to be on the defensive on a daily basis. The salary usually is nothing compared to what currently passes as entertainment by cartoon “artists,” a few of whom stress disregard for law enforcement.
In closing, hang in there, guys and gals. There are those of us who quietly stand by, cheer you on, and thank you for stepping up.
June B. Schwarz
A BROAD-BRUSH STEREOTYPE
While I usually lean toward agreement with Don Iliff on many topics, his recent letter (Aug. 22) contains a stereotype that continues to survive beyond reason.
In noting that businesses and the wealthy continue to get wealthier, Mr. Iliff, intentionally or not, is lumping small downtown businesses in with the dreaded “big business.”
With a few notable exceptions, the businesses in downtown Findlay, like those in most similarly-sized towns, are made up of micro and small enterprises. These are owned by our friends and neighbors, not faceless multinational corporations.
For the most part, these owners are not in an income bracket that could be considered wealthy, let alone overly wealthy. They may not be on the dole, but they work hard to keep a moderate standard of living while providing employment for others and supporting local activities.
This may not be the perfect example of the trickle-down theory, but it does help.
Mr. Iliff is correct in pointing out conservative hypocrisy. However, that effort is no excuse for the use of a broad-brush stereotype that paints small-business owners as wealthy and automatically conservative.
They are often neither.
WAS SHE TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS?
A few years ago, when my sister moved to Galena, Ohio, a friend of hers told her about a dry cleaner in Westerville.
The friend said my sister had to use them, as they only charge $1.99 apiece for any clothes that need cleaning. “Wow,” my sister said. “That is great.”
I took a pair of slacks to a dry cleaner here in Findlay (I won’t mention which one). I was told they charge $7 for a pair of slacks. I asked if they could have them by the next day. The man said, “No problem, I can have them ready by 10 a.m.” I was there a little after 10 a.m. The lady told me that would be $9.61, as it was a rush job.
Two weeks earlier, I had taken a pair of slacks to be cleaned and asked if I could have them that evening. He said no problem. My husband picked them up for me and they charged $7.
So, what is going on? The man had commented on the $1.99, saying that he had heard of places like that but heard they don’t get spots out.
I said my sister was a superintendent and was very particular about how she looked.
So, did I upset the dry cleaners because I even mentioned the $1.99, or did he need extra money that day?
I did call around and $7 for slacks seems to be the going rate here in Findlay.
I’m a little upset. Thanks for listening.