Letters to the Editor

Bring back decency and consideration

Mirror editor Pat Jenkins’ Feb. 11 column about non-scooper dog owners and non-leashed dogs was on target. This is an ever-increasing problem and potentially hazardous.

Unfortunately, it is symptomatic of the larger erosion of civil decency and interpersonal consideration. People appear to have less and less personal responsibility for their actions. An attitude of indifference is pervasive. It can be seen everywhere:

• Fast food containers and wrappers littering the streets.

• Newspapers discarded on the ground at the transit center, despite the availability of nearby trash receptacles.

• Hundreds of shopping carts taken from stores and left scattered in neighborhoods.

• Graffitti on buildings and in parks.

What has happened to a sense of civic pride? Why are these people oblivious to the blight they are creating?

Sociologists like to give excuses for this behavior, saying that broken families or the negative influence of the media, television and video games desensitize people about the niceties of life. These factors are just excuses –– nothing more and nothing deeper. How an individual behaves is that person’s responsibility.

Let’s get back to decency, consideration of others and personal responsibility.

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