Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the Editor...Reader's attitude is what's wrong with society
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 30 Mar 2007, p. 6

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Dear editor, Re: March 9 letter Mom was too trusting of stranger. The problem with "today's society" is Mr. Penny's attitude. Let's not go overboard. How sad it is that what would certainly seem to me, from Ms. Baker's letter, this kind and completely innocent gesture of a stranger to a young child, who was with his mother, was turned into a sinister act. Don't forget that young Mr. Baker approached the stranger, not the other way around. Now, because of your letter and closed-minded attitude, there will be Good Samaritans who think twice about being kind to others, just in case they are seen as having an ulterior motive. Please don't misunderstand me. I DO believe that children need to be taught about the dangers of talking to strangers, but let's remember that this child was with his mother. You ask, what on earth was this woman thinking? In her own words "This random act of kindness really warmed my heart. To live in a community where the innocence of childhood is cherished, and small conversations welcome (not frowned upon or viewed as rude) makes me, especially as a parent, feel quite content." Perhaps it is you, sir, who needs a lesson in talking to strangers. And please don't excuse my letter as being written by a woman who obviously has no children. I have four and they have been taught time and again not to talk to strangers without their parents present. Ms. Baker, I would have done the same thing as you did.

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Letters to the Editor...Reader's attitude is what's wrong with society