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Conversation: We Haven’t Lost Sense of Decency, But …

re: Pia Hansen's question in a recent column after some mocked Josh Levy's suicide on the Monroe Street bridge: Have we lost our sense of decency or compassion?

Whenever I am confronted with situations such as Levy's suicide off the Monroe Street Bridge, and the resulting lack of decency and compassion for others that took place in the aftermath of the standoff, I nearly always remember my grandmother, who raised me during a time of profound child abuse in my life. She taught me about life, gave a living example of quiet dignity and compassion for others. Were it not for the tenderness she showed, and the principles she taught me at a time of abject misery in my life, I probably would be behind bars or perhaps even worse than that, for people die easily and invisibly on the hard pavements of life out past the lights of compassion -- Editor David Laird/News Is A Conversation.

Full post by David Laird here

Question: Have we lost our sense of decency and compassion?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.