We stopped for lunch at our local, neighborhood restaurant after church on Sunday. The Hugger Mugger, in New Castle, PA has generous servings of good food. Around the restaurant, there are televisions, but this is the second time I’ve notices a change in channel selection, so I asked about it.
When we moved into the neighborhood, Hugger Mugger was the closest restaurant to our home. It has been our first choice, for times we are busy and don’t want to cook. Hugger Mugger has several televisions throughout the restaurant which have been set to the major news channels, CNN and FOX NEWS. I liked to sit where I could look back and forth between the two. I liked the attempt at balance. I liked a choice wasn’t being made.
Things at the Hugger have changed. I am told the owner has instructed the only channels to be used are FOX and The Weather Channel. If all the televisions had been changed from news channels to something else, I would have an entirely different reaction. There are other choices: cartoons, fashion, sports, or other non political programs.
I already know I am one of the few who voted for the opposition in this area I now live. Now I feel a little less welcome in one of our local establishments, and the community at large.
I remember Republicans complaining about the cast of Hamilton making an appeal for unity. The Republicans called the comments “rude,” “harassment,” and “inappropriate” for a venue where you pay your own money to be there. Vice-president Pence left the theater.
The peaceful protest by athletes of taking a knee during the National Anthem has additionally been called “disrespectful to veterans” (some of whom support the athletes), and “un-american.” Some people have decided to boycott athletic events due to these political statements.
It was called being PC or politically correct to be careful of your opinions. Restaurants, businesses, and professionals were expected to be quiet with their opinions while they were taking your money for their services. If they are forward with their opinions there are other choices.
I just wanted a nice omelet for lunch, without the side of partisan politics. It is a simple business basic to appeal to the broadest possible patronage. Politics and business don’t mix if your intention is to appeal to the broadest possible clientele. Another business may offer your same service.
Hazel’s in New Castle, PA has a nice Omelet. Hazel’s also leaves the partisan politics outside.