Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 3, 2014

Beware hypersensitive with loud voices

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — I guess the word of the week is “hypersensitivity.” You don’t need a crystal ball to see where I’m going with this if you have been paying attention. The funny thing is that hypersensitive people are already getting their panties in a bunch and coming up with all kinds of mean thoughts about me before I even get started.

Nationally, everybody is talking about a reality show star who either voiced an extreme homophobic opinion or traditional Christian belief all depending on how the observer feels about the subject. Locally we had some juvenile delinquents get their stupid on and spray paint a house of worship. Wait. Perhaps they were domestic terrorists sending a very clear message that “they” better get out of town or next time, who knows what will happen ... Better be safe, let’s get the FBI involved.

Both incidents have one very important thing in common. A total lack of balance in response. That’s what concerns me. Both incidents, although serious, have zero impact on things truly important.  Hypersensitivity here degrades our collective ability to deal with issues that really do matter. I don’t think the people of America are a bunch of shallow bigots or thin-skinned, spineless wimps getting in line to blindly follow whoever. I believe there is a small percent of Americans, a large percent of the news media, and a balanced percent of our politicians that fall into those categories and they all have very loud voices.

As we prepare for 2014 perhaps we all should consider our ways and try to be a little more mature, a little more tolerant and do a lot more thinking before we speak. It’s still better to stay silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Paul Dorsey

Green Valley