Our ancestors did not complain so much

Look, the tragedy in Aurora was devastating, to say the least, and is yet another example of just how far some will go for their 15 minutes of fame.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, that is driven greatly by the fact that we sensationalize such acts of depravity in our media and allow these psychotic sewer rats to be famous.

In any case, my real issue is the story (Herald, July 31) about the Gaslight Theaterís marquee.

When did we become such a bunch of whiners and complainers? My gosh, no matter what someone does, someone else is going to take exception and gripe about it. Unfortunately, again in my opinion, we give far too much attention to the squeaky wheel.

OK, there are those who didnít like the Gaslightís marquee, but, oh my gosh, was it a big enough deal to formally complain about it?

If these folks were sensitive enough to pick up on the ironic wording, werenít they also astute enough see the movie times listed to the right of the title, and come to the obvious conclusion it was a movie, and not a disclaimer? Again, Aurora was a horrible and despicable act by a fame seeker, but the Gaslightís marquee was simply an ad, by a theater, about what movies one might watch there and when.

As Americans, we come from tough and hardy stock. Weíre the descendants of cowboys and frontiersmen, farmers and soldiers, explorers and ranchers. And letís face it, because of the gender issues, our female ancestors were probably tougher than the men. Can you imagine them complaining about the wording on the marquee over a theater?

Are you kidding me? They were serious people, with much more important aspects of life to deal with than that.

As a culture, as a nation, as Americans, we would do well to take many lessons from those who came before us. Those who realized the grand adventure of life was not to be easy, but was to be worth the effort, and who kept their complaints to themselves.

Lew Webb