Bleed for someone this Christmas

December 8, 2013 

With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings, it's Monday Mail.

Wonderful

So does "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" still have a line about "gay happy meetings"? What message does that send our impressionable young people? Maybe we should change "gay" to "fun" like the "fun apparel" Hallmark injected into "Deck the Halls."

Sugarplum

Speaking of tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, here's an email objecting to an Auburn-Alabama joke in a column on not caring about football:

Tim,

I enjoyed your column describing your ambivalence about the Auburn-Alabama game, until I came across the part of a joke about incest.

Your column would have been even better without that item, which adds no real entertainment value and only raises questions parents of newspaper reading children will have to answer. The newspaper already contains enough objectionable material in the reporting of actual crimes and other misdeeds without adding this kind of gratuitous stuff.

Try taking the higher road next time.

John Mitchell.

Dear John:

I, too, am appalled.

Children are reading this? What irresponsible parent lets a child read this column? Does the Division of Family and Children Services know about this?

The jokes in that column were actual Facebook postings from game day.

From actual crime reporting, I've learned some children need to know what incest is, and that it is wrong, else they may be victimized repeatedly before they report it. But that's another story.

So you're right: The paper has enough objectionable material already.

Crimson tide

If you find Christmas a fatuous orgy of consumerism, why not give blood and send a card that says "I bled for you"? Here's an email from the Red Cross:

The American Red Cross' Give Something that Means Something winter campaign runs through Jan. 6, and encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood or platelets. … Blood donors are encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood. … Visit http://rcblood.org/HolidayPostcard to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one. For more information … please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Dear Red:

I considered sending a postcard, but learned Postagram Postcards would access my Facebook profile, my friends list, email address and photos. Sounds like an NSA plot to me.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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