“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” How many times did I hear this from my father during my childhood years?

They call it “political correctness.” I call it “political corruption,” a behavior that reeks of stupidity and adds fuel and unrest to a society which has far more serious problems to deal with. When someone utters a few improper words or remarks there are always those ready to scream bloody murder even though the remarks were not directed at them.

What are we coming to when someone makes a few off the cuff remarks 15 years ago, offers a sincere public apology and still suffers the near loss of a successful business? Why are these people so swift to advocate tolerance and diversity and yet exhibit no willingness to practice what they preach?

Back in the days when duels were fought over disagreements and insults there was a thing called honor. I fail to see any honor when people who have no contact with someone will want to snip away at their character. Perhaps if duels were again allowed most of the mouthy troublemakers would be inclined to mind their own business.

No one can deny that misstated words can penetrate the skin and cause discomfort, however wouldn’t we be a happier society if someone would bring forth a medicine that would grow us thicker skin.

Leon White