The Cee Lo editorial on June 11 ended in a pacificatory query, "Isn't it about time we all grow up?" The Free Press editor knows adulthood is not synonymous with baseness. His summation was a thinly veiled effort to placate persons who spew guttural jargon.
We should have an "adult discussion" with this Free Press wordsmith and remind him of the importance of words. He earns a living through communication -- primarily the written word. Words inspire and educate. Words express love and incite violence. Words build up and tear down. Each day we consume more of the limited time remaining in our respective lifespans. We can either seek excellence or squander precious time on that which is vile and obscene.
Cee Lo may emit any sound he desires within his private space, but he was an invitee in a public venue. Our children and youth need role models, not a vulgar exhibitionist who offended by his physical actions and verbal flatulence.
HELEN SCOTT HIXON
A Free Press editorial makes the conclusion that society needs to "grow up" when it comes to performers such as Cee Lo Green using foul language on stage during what is billed as a family event. The Times Free Press apparently has an identity crisis as on the same page it always runs a feature called Bible Wisdom.
If the paper were to print Eph. 4:29 as the verse one day ("Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers"), would the editor say that the apostle Paul, like society, needs to grow up, as well? Maybe the feature needs to be retitled to Bible Recommendations?
JOHN PAUL HALLEY JR., Kimball, Tenn.
Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, of Baltimore, has stated the investigation of the IRS needs to be concluded. Two weeks ago Cummings was outraged because the people on his street in Baltimore were struggling while money was being wasted by the IRS. He sounded like he wanted to learn who was responsible. Last week he decided his people in Baltimore don't need to know who was responsible.
Someone told him to back off. Who? Now he needs to go before the committee, under oath, and we all need to know who told him to call off the dogs. This is typical Washington politics. Screw the people and protect the people responsible for wasting our tax money. It is time to make an example and stop the good ole boy and girl games!