I just had to send the following letter to the editor of our local newspaper, as well as to the coordinator of the event I mention below:
On a day-to-day basis, I’m pretty outspoken, to the point where I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth on many, MANY occasions, but I’ve never let that hold me back. I once had a seasoned teacher, a coworker at the time, tell me, “Gretch, ya gotta keep your mouth shut in those meetings,” because I always felt the need to voice my dissatisfaction with policies or procedures that could be CHANGED. Even as a high school student, I wrote a rather pointed letter to the editor in response to a local high school athletic director’s attack on my high school’s admission policies.
Why, then, do I feel as though I’m a spoil-sport on this issue? That I’m a very small fish in a very big sea? That I’m almost UN-AMERICAN for taking issue with, well, pie?! I’ll admit I’m fearful that my views will get tossed aside as “liberal agenda” in this small, conservative community, or worse yet, not get anyone’s attention at all.
I considered not writing to the paper. I considered contacting the chairperson directly, instead. But I realized: by making my views known to the PUBLIC, there is the chance that one of those kids’ parents (who let them sign up for a pie-eating contest) might think differently about his or her decision. That the childhood obesity I witnessed (and there was a lot) might, POSSIBLY, be confronted.
What’s your take? Was I right in my action or should I have let it go? Chalk it up to “not my business” and get on with life?