Letter: One good deed doesn’t cleanse city

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Editor,

While I rejoice with Joanne Zimmermann in reclaiming her wallet and in no way mean to diminish the kindness of the Pettys, I find it sloppily sentimental to use this anecdote as yet another addition to the moral smugness of Carmel’s residents. To imply that individuals who live in Carmel are somehow more upright than those in other places seems to categorize morality as a commodity that is safely in the hands of the upper middle class in America’s heartland. So before we pat ourselves on the back, we would do well to remember that while wealth may keep one from the temptation of taking another’s wallet, it certainly does not exempt any person from sins of pretension and hypocrisy-traits which some might suspect characterize those of us here in Carmel. I suppose I should look at the bright side: at least the next time I forget my phone at the Carmel library, I can rest easy and divert my energies towards thanking God that I didn’t leave it in Fishers! As a side note, I would also like to point out that while many in Carmel surely consider themselves above barbarous acts such as theft, my winter boots were taken from the Monon Community Center only a few weeks ago-perhaps by an upstanding citizen of Carmel whose feet, I can only hope, are much warmer than mine!

Dori Elliott, 46032


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