Of com­mon cour­tesy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

The Grill Party prides it­self on be­ing invit­ing to any and all who may en­joy tail­gat­ing and grilling. Our crew of friends and fans has fed fans of other teams, those who sim­ply walk by look­ing lost, any­one who wants to stop, to eat, to visit. We have a fer­vent belief in cour­tesy and be­ing re­spect­ful and po­lite to those around us.

Which got me think­ing the other day how won­der­ful our world would be if we, as in­di­vid­u­als, ex­tended some sim­ple cour­te­sies and con­sid­er­a­tion to oth­ers. Things like af­ter putting gas in your car then mov­ing it to a park­ing spot if you need to go in­side, es­pe­cially if you are get­ting food or go­ing to be in­side for five or 10 min­utes, there­fore not block­ing the pumps and gen­er­ally be­ing a rude boor.

The Grill Party has an ob­ses­sion with proper us­age of turn sig­nals, mainly be­cause so few peo­ple ac­tu­ally use them. Utiliz­ing one park­ing spot per ve­hi­cle is en­cour­aged as well. The Grill Party sees no rea­son for a ve­hi­cle to take more than one.

Civil dis­course ap­pears to be a lost com­mod­ity. Ab­so­lutely no rea­son can be found for peo­ple not to be able to carry on a con­ver­sa­tion or dis­cus­sion with some mod­icum of de­cent deco­rum. Re­mem­ber, the other per­son might be­lieve just as strongly as you.

Yes, dear vot­ers, while the Grill Party might avoid politics, we do not shirk from at­tempt­ing to en­sure that a good time is had by all. As al­ways— slow down and grill.


Fort Smith

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