In an article published in the Record-Courier concerning the possible removal of a bus shelter, part of the rationale cited for the proposed action was that the shelter had become a gathering place for "undesirables."
It is not my primary purpose, with these comments, to join the debate as to whether this action represents an appropriate and effective response to the stated concerns, although I have my doubts about that. Rather, I am writing to express disappointment in, and disagreement with, the manner in which the term "undesirables" was used.
While people may exhibit undesirable behavior, and while it may be necessary for a variety of legitimate reasons to appropriately address the problems created by such behavior, it is counterproductive, mean-spirited, and wrong, to label a human being as an "undesirable."
We all would be well served by a more respectful tone in our public discourse.
George R. Garchar, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties