Is this really our biggest concern?

Regarding Stephanie Postier’s view that Washington should “take a stand” (“Backlash on Baristas,” Wednesday) and her worry that “this is not what we want to be known for”: I agree. Washington should take a stand!

And for what will we stand united? For what are we prepared to lead the charge? The war? The recession? Poverty afflicting millions? World hunger? Health care? What issue should galvanize the entire community and set them marching toward their righteous destiny? Barista nipples. Dear God. What are they thinking? Do they seriously have that much free time?

The Sheriff’s Office has more important things to do than sooth ruffled sensibilities. Like (just off the top of my head) dealing with crime! I would hate to see one single dollar go to dealing with the barista (non)issue when there are so many real issues the sheriff deals with; drunk and aggressive drivers, drug dealers, and violent criminals who are far more dangerous to you (and me) than any pair of nipples ever will be.

As for Pastor Hadian, who is embarrassed to walk his sons past the shameless sinners serving coffee, my question is why? Is he teaching his sons that the naked human body is bad, shameful or inherently sinful? If God disapproves of the naked human body, you sure wouldn’t know it looking around — he’s sure made an awful lot of them!

On a practical note, in case the group of junior Mrs. Grundys hasn’t noticed, there is a recession going on: a bad one. Leave the girls alone. If their antics (which hurt no one) put a few extra dollars in the tip jar, then I say good for them. The rest of you should get a life. Or, if you can’t do that, then spend some more time with your Bibles. I think there’s something in there about who should cast the first stone…

Will Rickman


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