Just Write: Searching for common courtesy
Last week while driving along Business Interstate 376 in Moon, I wondered how we — collectively — became uncivilized.
It was a cold and snowy morning, so I was cautiously cruising along around the posted speed limit when a driver sped up quickly behind me before aggressively passing to the left.
Within moments, the driver attempted to cut me off, but realized there wasn't enough room between my car and the car ahead.
I became aware he was attempting to get into the exit lane for Thorn Run Road — something he could have done had he stayed behind me.
Instead of waving a proverbial white flag and accepting his faulty mission had backfired, the man placed his truck parallel to my car, leaving only inches between us as we were driving.
I can't say I was very calm. There might previously have been words and gestures exchanged, but at that moment, I focused on getting away from this man.
He realized he hadn't a chance, finally driving behind my vehicle, then turning into the exit lane.
We all come into contact with bad drivers. (None of us ever admit to being a bad driver.)
But rarely do I find myself in the kind of situation I described — where it seems as if something more serious than words and gestures might occur.
When did we lose our sanity? Nearly every morning driving across the Sewickley Bridge, drivers — sometimes several in a row — will go through red lights on Route 65. Posted speed limits have become the minimum, not maximum. And I'm beginning to believe turn signals are an add-on at the dealership.
It isn't just the road, though. We've lost civility anywhere we seem to interact with others.
There's plenty of room for all of us in the world. We've just got to slow down and recognize that.
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Weekend ‘Hangout’ in Sewickley could extend into week
- Supply of IRS forms at Sewickley library not as plentiful as past
- Quaker Valley leaders weigh lower tuition fees
- Sewickley couple bring Victorian grandeur back to home
- Serafini: Early to rise has its advantages
- Quaker Valley officials balk at clearance rules