November 4, 2010

Trying to enforce ‘good prevails’ lessons of life

Letter to the editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — To the editor:

We have been living in the London area for the last three years. We noticed early on there is a problem with some in the community not following parking laws in the handicap and fire lanes. We have also noticed that government vehicles and employees do not adhere to the laws either. Law enforcement appears to make no attempt to address these issues and is not willing to obey these laws. Many see this as such a small issue, but we must all understand that this is not about parking laws, but about obedience, integrity and character. When we write-off these little issues, we are teaching our kids it is OK to not obey the laws and that being selfish is acceptable.

We have two sons we are trying to raise to respect the laws of government and our creator. We look for opportunities to enforce the “good prevails” lessons of life and the idea that a man should do what’s right, no matter the cost. I am trying to teach them that the “little” things matter and that courtesy and manners are extremely important to their character. If they need to walk a few extra feet in the parking lot, but keep their integrity, it was well worth it and was an honor to do so. Then, when they have harder choices to make, they know who they are. …

To make everything easy, the fire lanes and handicap could just be painted over and made into “preferred parking” or “privileged parking” that would be available on a first come first serve. (This would not change the current structure, and would solve the matter of enforcing laws that no one wants to enforce.) We could then start looking into other areas that we don’t want to enforce. Maybe bad checks are not really all that bad? Or stealing from your neighbors is really just “unauthorized borrowing,” or maybe meth is really just “home cooking.” If there is no desire to enforce “little” laws by the community, then who is to blame when the other laws are not followed? Why should people respect unenforced laws? At what point do laws become important, and to whom?

Yes, I understand that these are little issues, but that is exactly why it is such a BIG issue. I have seen studies that show when a small rule was not enforced, other rules were ignored also. “Give and inch ... take a mile.” If you have ever spent more than two minutes with small kids, you know this is true.

When the kids of today are parents, what will they let slide?

Chip McNair