Enough is enough
I would respectfully like to ask a great many of you regular letter writers to either stop writing to the Daily Press, or to please cease the personal, back-and-forth attacks against other letter writers.
Enough with the pejorative language towards those who do not hold the same political or religious beliefs! Most of you have never met in person and have no businesses making assumptions about the other writer. Simply write an intelligent, insightful, thoughtful letter to the editor which contains your opinion on whatever topic you wish. It's that easy! When addressing a previously published letter that you have an opposing opinion on, simply state your opposition to the opinion and why without attacking the writer. Support or oppose all you'd like, but please stop the personal attacks and name calling.
Are you truly thinking you will change someone's mind/opinion by being catty and hateful? Enough already! Flies with honey, people, not vinegar.
The big problem is lack of law enforcement presence! They did come once when someone was having a huge party up the street and I was on the phone with the dispatcher and gunshots rang out and the operator heard them! Other than that, people speed down the 25 mph limit street. I walk in the early morning and find liquor bottles strewn about. It is scary to go shopping at the businesses on Seventh Street and surrounding areas.
I find it interesting that the Chalice festival is encouraged to gather at the fairgrounds to bring dollars to our area and it is well attended and has not had an altercation. The City Council hesitates to approve the sale of cannabis in our city where it would be regulated and taxed. This will provide the money to hire more police and code enforcement officers to cut down on the crime and trash. Cut down on the rentals by charging fees for rental permits and enforce it. Make residents take pride in their city and be aware of the police force.
Also, Neighborhood Watch needs new criteria. When you have a lot of rentals in your area, giving all your information to the neighbors is not a good idea. The rentals are too prolific and bring down property values. Unfortunately, rentals seem to attract residents that do not take care of the properties and bring down values. Code enforcement should be citing these issues. We need to take back our beloved city and make it a viable, safe place to live.
One more thing, have criteria to be met to run for City Council. Thanks for the opportunity to vent!
'Blue Bloods' Emmy snub
General observations of the 2017 Emmy nominations makes it abundantly clear that other than the "House of Cards" and "Donovan," the Emmy nominations continue to reward prime time misentertainment junk absent social redeeming value. Alas, television has been on an undeterred slide for years.
What is outrageous about all this is the fact that for seven seasons, going on eight, a rare quality series has been snubbed. For what reason? Unknown, other than possibly jealousy. Indeed, the NYPD law enforcement drama “Blue Bloods,” starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, is simply outstanding.
Indeed, as a retired law enforcement officer with 41 years of experience in the criminal justice system, I can say that "Blue Bloods" is based upon reality in keeping with the times, with the wonderful added touch of an NYPD family named Reagan.
Surely it’s a shame on our troubled society, taking anti-police much too far.
Daniel B. Jeffs
Paul Bloom is a professor of psychology at Yale who has written a book titled "Against Empathy: The Case For Rational Compassion." The weekly Standard presented a review in its March 27 issue this year. He says empathy (I feel your pain) is a valued characteristic in that we have sympathetic feelings toward our fellow man. Among the faults he finds with empathy are that it is biased, short-sighted, innumerate, and corrosive of personal relationships, all of which he discusses in his book. When we engage in acts of compassion in response to empathy, these faults result in many unintended consequences.
Professor Bloom argues that we can do better than empathy-based decision making by deploying our critical rational faculties. The most important faculty we should bring to bear on moral judgment is that which makes us distinctly human: cold, hard reasoning. He argues not for blind empathy, but for the use of compassionate but rational judgment in reaching ethical decisions. He explains how this offers the benefits of empathy without its drawbacks. Reason may be stubborn and unlovely but it's the surest guide we have to ethical decision making.
In "Fences," the Broadway play and movie, Denzel Washington's character is confronted by a son who wants him to like him, and to show it. He tells his son, "Don't you be worrying about whether a man likes you, you just make sure he's doing right by you."
Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) knew all about unintended consequences of blind empathy way back in the days following the Civil War. He was a former slave who advocated for freedom and the civil rights of the black man. Here is what he said in response to "the problem of the black man":
"Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it often of the abolitionists, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! You're doing with us has already played the mischief with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm eaten at the core, if they are early ripe, and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature's plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!"