Courteousness and discourteousness are two very separate opposites and can be found in many areas of life every day. Courtesy means graciousness, politeness and consideration of others. Discourteousness means impolite, ill-mannered, rudeness to others.

Courteousness and discourteousness are two very separate opposites and can be found in many areas of life every day. Courtesy means graciousness, politeness and consideration of others. Discourteousness means impolite, ill-mannered, rudeness to others.

Discourtesy can be seen in sports, coaches to players, yelling during games, coaches in arguments to referees and umpires, while shopping, roadrage on highways, disobeying law enforcement, etc.

On March 21, while watching a law office area being cleared of snow via a pickup truck, progressing scooping, folk began parking in this area and going to church east of this lot. The truck driver was having to dodge the incoming vehicles parking and possibly problems, “how do I get to this area of cars to do my complete snow removal.” It made no difference to the vehicle drivers, they continued to barge in to park there. How discourteous to one doing his job. Oh, and by the way, this parking area is not the churches, but the lawyers building and parking. From 9 to 11:15 a.m. the truck driver was doing the best he could cleaning the snow off amongst 10 vehicles. These vehicles could have parked on their church parking lot across the street, but didn’t.

Church was over at 12:10 p.m. and folk leaving this area in their vehicles. At 12:30 p.m. the truck driver returned to shovel the rest of the snow with his shovel (that couldn’t be reached there earlier.) For 1 1/2 hours he scooped snow onto snow heaps. What a shame for discourtesy done him in his work.

Caring persons show respect and courtesy and disrespect have “big I and little u.” The Bible says, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal. 6:7.

Gary George, former Independence Police Department Chief, has said “That influential people are not awarded for their title, but for their actions.”