The Feb. 5 editorial response to a complaint about "Sound Off" spoke for all of the decent people who are disgusted and even sickened by abuse masquerading as "free speech" in far too many remarks in the column.
The editorial comment did more than that, however. It was also a nudge: If we don't like the trash talk in "Sound Off" why don't we tell Record-Courier readers about the good things in our corners of the world? Why not tell about the wonderful teachers your children have? Why not tell everyone how much you appreciate a township trustees who does a difficult job honestly and honorably in the teeth of brutally unjust criticism? Why not tell about the fiscal officer who has made between 7,000 and 10,000 copies for one person but who is still accused of withholding information? Why not tell about the quiet, unassuming resident who walks the talk and never brags about it, but just builds the community a little at a time? In the Crestwood School District and Mantua Township, those people all have names: Christine Spencer, Victor Grimm, Marie Stehli, Ellen Monroe. Their example encourages me to strive to be a better person. Who are they where you live?
One more thing. If you're going to vouch for the good stuff, don't join the anonymous cowards in "Sound Off." Send a signed letter to the editor.
Good prevails. Give it a boost.
Carole Pollard, Mantua