Readers Speak

Entitled or rudeness?

Dear Editor,

Neither.

On 3/21/18, I walked in to a local BBQ restaurant and paid for an order that I had called in earlier for pick up. I was a little early so I had to wait for my food when 3 vehicles pulled up with men from the Refinery that are here to work during the shut down. There was approximately 15 men that came into the restaurant. The first 2 men got their orders in and the 3rd man stepped up and was giving his order when a older woman, and here’s were the entitled or rudeness comes into play, walked up to the counter budged in front of the men and paid for her order. Now, mind you, she never said “excuse me” to the men just walked up to front of the line. I looked at the men and they stood there in disbelief that someone could think they are better then them and just have no manners.

I will remember what that lady looked like and, I promise, if I ever see her do this again and I dont care where it is, I will call her out on this in front of whomever is there. Just because she lives here and she is in her late 60’s, early 70’s, does not entitle her to walk into an establishment and budge her way into the front of the line. This is very rude and I really hope her children did not learn the bad habit from her. I am writing this letter to let the gentlemen that are here to help with the Refinery, not all of the Warren residents are rude like this lady. We do have manners. Oh, by the way, the BBQ was excellent!

Lanae Shubert,

Tiona

Fire departments

Dear Editor,

5:18 a.m., April 9, 2018 — Pretty early in the morning for me to be awake, but I was jolted out of sleep by what sounded like a car alarm blaring. I glanced out my window and was shocked to see smoke and flames shooting from the house across the street. Red, white and blue lights were flashing everywhere, I could hear sirens approaching, and I could see the yellow and black reflective gear on scores of fire fighters, police, emergency personnel, and other first responders. I went out on the porch and started taking pics and a video. I counted no less than 8 fire trucks from various departments around Warren. Police vehicles and 2 ambulances were also within sight. There were people going in all directions, with radios squawking, voices shouting orders, and over it all the rumble of the trucks and sounds of water pouring into the fire.

As I stood in shock at the devastation I was witness to, it occurred to me that what I was seeing was not mass confusion and panic, but a well regulated, organized effort to save lives and contain a dangerous and out-of-control blaze. Professionalism was at the forefront of this awful event, and I was amazed as I watched our forces at work.

The people who worked so hard to get the residents out and try to save the building are usually invisible until they are called into action. First on the scene, of course, were Warren firemen and police. The city workers were there to help set up barricades, fire police to help direct traffic, ambulances in case of injury. But I also noted trucks from at least 3 VFDs, called in when it must have been apparent that this was going to be a big one.

After watching for a bit, I went back inside my warm home and sat in my comfortable chair covered with my soft throw. Those brave men and women were out in 20-degree weather, still trying to bring the blaze under control. I had to leave home at 8:30. By that time, I could see the fire was still going in spots, but was much more contained. Weary souls were gathered in clumps here and there, some sitting on the ground or slumped on the running boards of the fire trucks, others standing together talking quietly among themselves.

I stopped to get coffee and mentioned to the server that I wished I could have him pack up breakfast sandwiches and hot coffee to take to those fighting the fire. He said the Red Cross had already been there for that very reason! Yet another of our city’s organizations taking care of us.

There are not enough words to express how grateful I am for all those who are on call, day and night, to help keep us safe. Warren County is blessed to have so many who are willing to step up, many without being paid, to protect us. I am in awe and humbled by their service. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough, but it’s all I have.

Sincerely and with all my heart,

Debi Hagberg,

Warren

Youngsville Marching Band

Dear Editor,

I had the pleasure of traveling to Ireland with the Youngsville Marching Band. A lot of important people are behind the students. Caring, hard working parents. Mrs. Scheid is wonderful with the students. She is like a mother hen. She is very proud and loves them. Never have I witnessed so much devotion and discipline. I’m so proud of all of you.

Sincerely,

Grandma Penny Luvison,

Youngsville

Gun-free schools

Dear Editor,

Gun-free schools began in 1990. In the 226 years from 1764-1990, there were 88 shootings at schools. The first was an attack by a group of indians and many of the others were domestic disputes or even accidents. After gun-free school zones were created from 1990 to now, 28 years, there have been 141 shootings of multiple deaths and a total of 270 incidents of guns being discharged near schools. In 81% of the post 1990 shootings, just like Florida, someone knew about the shooter’s intentions before he acted. 61% of these shooters got a relative’s gun at home.

Fact check this please: Dr Kazootie and all anti-gun advocates — Let’s prevent and protect, not pretend and neglect. History is always there to study. Why do you continue to ignore it and make your opinions appear to be facts? Please think more about facts, for our children are worth more than political opinions.

Jeffrey L. Carlson,

Warren

Leadership qualities

Dear Editor,

Ongoing events in America over the past year have certainly prompted me to step back a bit to reflect upon those qualities which I (and hopefully most Americans) view as crucial in anyone elected to serve in our highest office. A few that immediately come to mind are offered here for your consideration.

First, this person (I will refer to this person as “he,” while noting that this will inevitably expand at some point to finally include a “she”) must make a genuine effort to put his own personal and partisan interests aside as much as is humanly possible and to thus rise above them in order to best serve this great nation and all of its diverse citizens, free of any conflicts of interest which could stand in the way of doing so.

Second, he must steadfastly promote those things which unite and bring us together, those things which inspire us to embrace those “better angels of our nature” and to embody those values which truly make America great – not to purposely play upon our fears and anxieties and add fuel to those issues which divide us and set us against one another in order to manipulate us for his own political goals.

Third, while displaying necessary firmness and resolve toward others as appropriate, he must also be consistently respectful and civil in these interactions. He should never attack, belittle, demean, mock, threaten, name-call, and humiliate others – including and especially those who disagree with or criticize him.

Fourth, he must understand the true nature of this role as President with which he has been entrusted, approaching it with genuine humility along with a clear awareness of the fact that he himself is not above the law. He must honor his sworn oath to defend the Constitution and the institutions designed to put its grand vision into action, and passionately support their role (as well as that of a free press) as independent and vital systems brilliantly designed to serve as checks and balances upon each other and thus to minimize risks of our democracy slipping into autocracy – precisely as our Founding Fathers intended them to be. He must not relentlessly attack and undermine them in an effort to bend them to his will, and understand that their purpose is not to serve him, but to serve the best interests of our nation and all of its citizens.

Fifth, through his words and behaviors he must show truthfulness and decency, and demonstrate that he is a person of integrity and character worthy of our trust. He must not resort to “alternative facts” and outright lies to achieve his goals and satisfy his own needs and desires, and must make a constant effort to live and act in an honorable and ethical manner.

Lastly, he must show an ability to effectively process information, to render levelheaded and thoughtful decisions with regard to the complex and consequential issues facing him, and to manage his emotions and associated impulses and behaviors reliably well under stress.

So – an attitude of selflessness, service and humility; looking to unite and inspire us; respect and decency toward others; understanding of his role and sworn oath; truthfulness and ethical behaviors warranting trust; and effective emotional control and mental functioning. Certainly no one expects perfection in all of these areas, of course, given the inevitable failings of our human nature – but surely anyone serving as President should embody such qualities and resolve to lead by example.

Is this asking too much? I think not. We must not succumb to lowering the standards and expectations we hold for anyone we entrust with our highest office. If we do, our precious democracy begins slipping down a dark and slippery slope toward the kind of nations we used to shake our heads at and call out as dictatorial “banana republics.”

As responsible American citizens, we must not allow this to happen.

Respectfully submitted,

Dale E. Buonocore,

Warren

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