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Reminder: Beware of Politically Charged Messaging

May 31, 2011 – In 1979, comedian Steve Martin released an album (remember those?) entitled Comedy Isn’t Pretty.  For some reason, that phrase has stuck with me as a reminder that a joke can be funny to one person and an insult to another.

So what does this have to do with chapters?  In recent weeks, we have received several messages and calls from concerned members regarding photos or “funny” stories that have appeared in chapter newsletters.  Not surprisingly, these concerns also have some political overtones.

So as a gentle reminder, think before you print or push send. EAA chapters are supposed to be fun and centered on our shared passion – airplanes. Political discussions and “blue” humor should be kept out of the chapter. Let’s keep focused on what brings us together. Trust me, there are enough people trying to tear us apart.

“Civility” is a word that is gaining popularity these days. With the highly charged, instant message world we live in today, it is far too easy to dash off a message or a tweet in anger. Once published, it can’t easily be retracted. Like mom said, “If you can’t say something nice about someone …”

The bottom line: We are all friends and aviators. We share the passion, but not necessarily the same views in the outside world.  A little respect and civility will go a long way to creating harmony in your chapter.

Clear skies,

Steve Buss
EAA Chapter Manager

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