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Letter: Store makes family uncomfortable

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:37 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:41 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

Morals are simply one’s own definition of what is right and wrong. Why is the Paperback Grotto pushing their own morals on our kids?

As it stands to appear, the Paperback Grotto can advertise and push whatever they want to advertise in their window display, and that being on DeKalb’s main street. As a result, our family does not feel welcome on the 100 block of East Lincoln Highway, so we avoid it.

Our family used to frequent various businesses on the 100 block, but not since the great unveiling of the store’s new PR move. Our choice to not shop on the 100 block of East Lincoln Highway is not a knee-jerk reaction, nor is it vengeance.

We just do not feel “comfortable” there. I believe that the downtown DeKalb economic planners should listen. We represent a certain portion of the community. How many other families in DeKalb feel the same way? I would like to thank Mayor John Rey for his comments in the June 27 Daily Chronicle article. He is not in favor of the new window display. Why would he be, if he is interested in keeping DeKalb a friendly place for families?

Businesses have a right to advertise, this is true. But, what right do parents have not to have the morals of another group pushed on their children? Shouldn’t families be able to walk down main street without having to be on guard against defiling images?

We as citizens have a responsibility to protect our children from immoral influences. The black covering over the front window would be good for our community if it were put back up.

Paperback Grotto, please stop trying to make us “feel so comfortable with a dirty bookstore” in our downtown because, truthfully, we never will be.

John Nadig

Cortland

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