Younger people who read Lon Allan’s column on Feb. 28 (“The best comedy is funny but not dirty”) might dismiss his negative views on obscenity-laced comedy and pervasive sex and violence on television as prudish and curmudgeonly. But these tendencies are not harmless — they represent a coarsening of our culture that desensitizes all of us to cruelty and abuse. More subtly, they undermine the attraction of our democratic society as a role model for other countries. The decline in standards of conduct and speech even poisons our political life, as we saw in November.
Jim Worthen, Pismo Beach