Some citizens need to learn to show respect

Published 10:21 am Tuesday, August 11, 2009

On Saturday, Aug.8, I participated in a 5K race in Ironton — the Run for the Ro-Na— put on by Ironton High School to help restore the old theater on Third Street.

It was something to help a community that has fallen on hard times. It may be a small step, but it is a step in the right direction. It is also a great way to promote physical fitness.

I was born in Ironton and I have spent 25 of my 36 years living in Ironton. I have always defended Ironton when other people put down the people who live here. Maybe I was wrong. Some of the people of Ironton really made it clear why we have such a bad reputation.

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Many of the drivers would drive by and shout profanities and honk at the runners. Some would swerve at you.

Some even threatened to run over the high school girls who were acting as volunteers to direct traffic if they did not get out of their way.

I know that there are some great people who live here, but I think we are starting to get outnumbered by the inconsiderate, ignorant, rapidly growing number of morons that came out to show their lack of support and respect for “their” community.

I would like to thank all of the people who helped put on the race and all of the volunteers that made it possible. Ironton needs more people like you.

Dr. Jason W. Runyon