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Throwing The Ball

By: James M. Lentz

Date Posted: 2000-10-27

I am an avid reader of your Update Letters column and enjoy the fact that so many people are able to have a forum to air their feelings about such a variety of issues. Keep up the good work.

I would like to spend a moment and talk about "throwing the ball". I see this go on in many conversations and conflicts were one person will weigh in on a subject thus "throwing the ball". The next person will "catch the ball" and feel a slight stinging sensation because for some reason the subject strikes too close to home. This situation causes the second person to reply to the first, once again "throwing the ball" but this time it is a little harder and with a slight bit more angst attached to the message. Once again someone will "catch the ball", feel the sting, and loft it once again but with still more force and angst. I have seen this happen with the FEN propaganda issue, base closures, and now automobile drivers. The last subject is one that I would like to "catch the ball" on and hold onto for a while.

While I "hold the ball" my thoughts go as follows. Can it not be seen that there is a large number of drivers in Okinawa Japan? Can it also not be seen that we suffer from an extreme version of traffic congestion throughout the entire island? And lastly; can it not be seen that with the large number of drivers that we have along with the traffic congestion that there will be a considerable amount of "jockeying for position" an all sides as we go from point A to point B? I have come to realize one thing while I watch the cars move through the streets and push their way ahead of me, it is not the "Y" plate cars nor the "Japanese" drivers as individuals who come off rude in these situations, it is more likely a 10% mix of all the drivers on the road who will take advantage of you, cut you off, block you in, or do some other act which puts them ahead at the expense of others. The rest of us sit back, continue on our daily business, and go on with our lives.

Please feel free to "catch the ball " once again and return it harder the next time. Until it is realized that we all live on this wonderful island together as a mixed group of individuals, cultures, and lifestyles, the "ball" will continue it's journey with no true end to it's flight.

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