EDITOR:I'd like to recognize everyone who made the Fourth of July parade in Iron Mountain so enjoyable, even despite the sweltering heat. That said, I need to relate an unfortunate incident that occurred following the parade.
We parked in the Midtown Mall parking lot and walked to the parade route. After the parade was finished, we ran into quite a bit of traffic trying to exit the parking lot. Since traffic was moving at a crawl anyway, we paused to let other drivers turn in ahead of us - which was apparently the worst possible thing that we could have done.
The first time that a driver pulled out from behind us and inserted himself into the line ahead of us, it was shocking. The second time, it was just rude.
The third time, not only did we get passed but we got screamed at and flipped off.
I must have missed the memo where it became a crime to let other drivers go ahead.
The traffic was moving at the same pace whether you were in front of our car or behind it.
Is it really that important to be the first ones out of the parking lot that completely forgetting one's manners is acceptable?
Not only that, but there were pedestrians around.
Would you really want to have a person's life on your conscience just so that you could get to your cookout faster? There is nowhere in town that takes more than 15 or 20 minutes to get to. There are not enough people in this area that traffic will be at a standstill for hours on end.
Name your favorite United States metropolitan area, and I can guarantee that our post-parade traffic is a breeze compared to theirs.
It's sad to see that the actual meaning behind Independence Day is being lost.
Here's a hint: it's not about the barbecue, the swimming, or the fireworks. It's about the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, so that the rest of us can have the freedom to be jerks to other people who are trying to do something nice and let other drivers go ahead.