Many times the contribution that volunteers make are jeopardized by petty, petulant and vindictive remarks and unfortunately, society encourages this with their “politically correct” attitude.

Often times this type of treatment is unjust and it can affect a huge amount of lives, as was the case of one line dancing instructor’s decision to resign recently due to an anonymous complaint against her.

Someone voiced a complaint and she was given the instruction to watch what she said.  It was not made clear to her how she had offended them or who she offended.

The tolerance that these voices claim for themselves show a lack of tolerance when  opposing opinions are given.

It is clear that a person who has served this community as a volunteer for so many years without one single complaint against them deserves more respect.

I question the direction in which our society is going and feel everyone has a right to have their voice  heard.  However, that does not mean one or a select few can impose unreasonable constraints on the majority of people.

I believe if this type of practice continues there will be more volunteers who will be resigning and many more may refuse to volunteer if  required to use “politically correctness.” This, of course, includes all types of volunteers .  These are the people who help keep the costs down so we can enjoy this great community we live in.

Everyone needs to join in changing the direction in which a select few in our society are causing us to go.

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


  1. Well said rant, I think you’d call it. But said respectfully of course. I agree ‘political corectness’ is abused, especially where volunteers are concerned. We forget people are people and volunteers make mistakes too. One mistake shouldn’t mean they’re relieved job they were doing well and weren’t even getting a pay cheque for. You’re right, instead of accepting that people come from different backgrounds and experiences, we forget how how much volunteers do in the community. What happens when your best job is not enough because someone takes offence, absurdly?


  2. Great article Jessie! I think it is sad this volunteer felt she/he had to resign over a PC issue. Mandi’s right, not everyone is perfect and people are going to make mistakes. With this type of treatment there will be far less volunteers and there aren’t enough volunteers as it is.


  3. Thanks so much, Joy! We were shocked when she said she was resigning! That last class …over 170 people…was so sad and we were so disappointed to learn that someone had complained about her. She had been teaching that class for ten years and we looked forward to the class each week. She is a fantastic teacher, funny, patient with everyone and tried very hard to not offend anyone. However, she must have offended someone…..but certainly not intentional! During the Easter and Christmas she was careful to include everyone’s belief, but did not try to hide the fact that she is a Christian nor try to convince anyone of anything. She is a former Marine Sergeant and proud to have served her country. It was her decision to resign …she had never had any complaints about her before and felt after this, it was time for her to leave. There were a lot of sad faces and tears that day. I think it is so depressing that so many think you should watch every single word you speak so you won’t offend someone or hurt their feelings and this type of thinking has done harm to so many. No matter how hard you try, there will always be people that get offended and they need to grow up and quit acting like babies.


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