Letter: Judging appearances

After reading Norman Schell’s self-righteous froth about keeping up appearances, I just have to say this: You know, I really think fat people should care more about how they look. They must not care much about being fat, and how awful that look or they would exercise, get on a diet or something to lose weight. I find it offensive, in public, to see these obviously uncaring fat people walking around. It says something about our society.

And while I’m at it, I think ugly people should do something about being ugly — they could at least save up and pay a surgeon to do plastic surgery on them. Maybe health care could cover ugliness.

See where your line of thinking goes, Norman? Are tattoos a problem for you, too? Nose rings? How about ethnic fashion?

If you believe, contrary to the old axiom, “You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover,” then you can’t say you didn’t ask for this response.

I happen to like the look, and the feel, sometimes, of my three- or four-day whiskers, even if my wife would wish, rather, that I shave. But she rightly and diplomatically mostly keeps it to herself, bless her. And if you see me on Main Street in my dusty work clothes, too bad for you, I just didn’t have the time or inclination to change into my church clothes.

WALT BURNHAM

Montague

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