In reaction to the Florida Supreme Court ruling allowing motorists to play their car stereos as loud as they want, it reminds me of a story I heard many decades ago.
Abraham Lincoln was traveling by train. The man in the seat next to Mr. Lincoln was smoking a cigar. Obviously bothered by the smoke, Mr. Lincoln kindly requested the gentleman to put out his cigar. His reply was, “Sir, I paid for my seat and I am smoking in my seat. If the smoke happens to blow your way that is your problem, not mine.” Mr. Lincoln responded by pulling a pistol from his coat pocket. He held the pistol close to his chest pointing it towards the alleged gentleman. The man jumped and screamed, “What are you doing?” Mr. Lincoln replied, “Sir, I paid for my seat, I am holding the gun in my seat, if the bullet happens to go your way that is your problem, not mine.”
Perhaps a little thoughtfulness could keep simplistic matters simple.
Shari Roth Glixman, Miami