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Letter: Not comfortable with new-look Grotto

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 11:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 8:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In the Daily Chronicle’s June 27 story about the new look at the Paperback Grotto (“Paperback Grotto now has display in window”) the store’s supervisor says that he does not want the business to be known as a “dirty bookstore.”

I have a better idea. If you don’t want to be known as a “dirty bookstore,” then stop selling “dirty books.” Instead, the supervisor wants people to “come in and be comfortable” by opening up a window display for all to see what is inside.

Citizens of DeKalb, do we really want to see what is inside the Paperback Grotto? Do we want our kids to be comfortable with having a “dirty bookstore” in our downtown?

One could easily argue that the June 27 article was either an editorial or, actually a front-page advertisement decked with a picture of the establishment and plenty of “positive feedback quotes” from the community. Does this type of writing reflect more on the morals of our town or the author and editor of the article? Do we want a display of what the Paperback Grotto has to offer in full view and on our main street?

The supervisor of the Paperback Grotto really wants people to come in and feel comfortable. Just make ourselves feel at home, I guess. When we go downtown with family or friends from out of town, are we comfortable with the Paperback Grotto? I’m not. I believe that many of you are not, either. Pornography serves no positive purpose and is actually destructive. Does it make us feel any more “comfortable” being able to see in the window what this “dirty bookstore” sells? I was more comfortable with the black window because it was just better.

When it comes to advertising rights, where is the line drawn? Should businesses selling obscene stuff have any limit? Does the line shift over time, or is the line absolute? I have a concern that the Paperback Grotto could push the line in the future. Is the supervisor’s move in removing the black cover a reflection of the general apathy and moral dullness of our city?

Please, make your voice heard.

John Nadig


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