I’m writing to comment on your cover story about the adult store (“Kids face adult store,” March 24). Sarah Olsen’s comments specifically stood out. She said: “Well-educated people will be patrons of this establishment. But so will illicit folks – I’m talking about criminals, drug users and pedophiles.”
Huh? You’re absolutely right, Sarah. And some of those criminals, drug users and pedophiles will be “well-educated people.” Her comments are classicist, judgmental and ridiculous. Pedophiles, by the way, statistically are middle-aged reasonably educated white males. Statistically, that is. There are exceptions. Drug users don’t hang out or regularly patronize adult stores. I should know. My daughter works at one. And criminals? What are you talking about? Her mindset clearly shows that to her this is an “us vs. them” issue; the moral vs. the amoral. No one is going to walk across the street from the store and victimize pre-schoolers. Cite and qualify one case of this ever happening anywhere. It hasn’t. People who patronize these places would probably rather not be seen walking into one let alone hanging out in the area being a nuisance.
I take exception with The Herald’s cover photo, too. By manipulating the lens it appears that the pre-schoolers in the photo can see the book store sign from the playground. Kind of misleading on The Herald’s part. I also noticed how happy and undisturbed the children are. Funny how children don’t remember these types of things. This is a non-issue.
The flap over the adult store is an extension of the hyper morality that has infected the conscience of some of this country’s mentally weak. The Herald is fanning the flames. Morality? How about a divorce rate in this country over 50 percent? How about the “Christian behavior” that caused these divorces? Let me see, what should I concentrate on – a harmless store or my own life?