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Whatever Happened To Good Manners?

September 23, 2013

To the Readers’ Forum: I have to admit I was taken by a recent sermon while surfing the net a few nights ago. The pastor said something I’ve been saying for years about the lack of good manners....

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EaglesWings

Oct-15-13 8:52 PM

Just what he said - "teated as outsiders." What part of teated don't you understand, monk?

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Oelwyn

Sep-28-13 4:17 PM

You may disagree with me if your fear is deep seated and contagious.

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Oelwyn

Sep-28-13 11:37 AM

Those of us that don't drive are compelled to engage others "on the street".I find most folks,young and old,to be kind, friendly,and aware of others.I have been addressed as 'Sir' by many younger than myself(most people,actually)and I find social rudeness in our town a rarity.The exception generally being Police Officers.Anyone responds to respect and deference in like.It is YOUR attitude that reflects the respect you deserve.

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POTatoHEAD

Sep-28-13 7:17 AM

An armed society is a polite society. At least that's what the NRA says, and who's going to argue with them? They all carry guns!

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50s4ever

Sep-28-13 6:18 AM

Nobody under forty inows what respect means. They watched too many Godfather movies or gangsta boyz in the hood. They think it comes at the point of a gun. Others think it can be legislated by activist judges.

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Expati

Sep-27-13 3:34 PM

Manners disappeared when people no longer depended on other people to meet their needs. Working as a team to meet basic needs meant survival. Mutual respect was a natural part of this. Today people are not so interdependant on each other. Many receive their basic needs from a faceless government and others create enough of their own personal wealth to be bothered to behave in a civil manner. It is noe all about what is best for ME.

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50s4ever

Sep-27-13 12:36 PM

It sounds crude here, but imagine the 20 yr olds now getting old and the guy loses her, and at the bier is sayhing "I really f----loved that B--, man"...that's the direction mnners have taken.

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Oelwyn

Sep-25-13 2:49 AM

Incidentally,What would "Miss Manners" do?

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Oelwyn

Sep-25-13 2:45 AM

A Christian will say "Merry Christmas",A Jewish person,"Happy Hannukah".A Secular Humanist might wish every one "Happy Holidays"-A "Right Wing Nut will invite everyone to "K.M.A" and an "Idiot" will laugh about it.Need I say more?

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SCALLYWAG

Sep-24-13 9:33 PM

Need I say more. Lol

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50s4ever

Sep-24-13 6:32 PM

"PC left wing nut voted for Romney"? Are you delerious?

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Jazzie

Sep-24-13 4:54 PM

Thomas77 Christmas and Thanksgiving should be celebrated more than once a year, if one truly feels blessed to be well and religiously intoned.

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Jazzie

Sep-24-13 4:51 PM

Apparently some PC leftwing nut who probably voted for Romney got offended at my posting. What if we celebrate Hanukkah, or Hanukkah? What if we choose to celebrate Kwanzaa? What is politically correct about this? Politically correct are those who force one religion mambo jumbo onto others.

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PleaseWakeUp

Sep-24-13 10:54 AM

Well said 77. Loan, Christmas is not the only holiday during that time of year.

btw, watching the comments from this group, you can see there are no manners.

Happy Columbus Day / Happy Halloween / Happy Veterans Day / Happy Thanksgiving / Happy Holidays!

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duckster

Sep-24-13 10:29 AM

and the point of this letter?????

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50s4ever

Sep-24-13 10:13 AM

I know a Grandmother who is incensed that her Gdaughter in Alabama is required to say "Yes sir" or "Ma'am" in school. The kid adamantly refuses to use it outside school. I bet they will complain about being teated like outsiders the whole time they live there. Duhhh....

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50s4ever

Sep-24-13 8:56 AM

When you spend most of your awake time playing with a machine that rewards you on killing and maiming masses, and every video or movie you see in addition to talk shows celebrate crudeness, what do you expect? Garbage in, garbage out. Kids are taught. They can be taught good, or bad.

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IThink

Sep-24-13 8:42 AM

Mmmmm. Bacon!

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nonfiction

Sep-24-13 8:37 AM

Scallywag brings up a good point. I too was raised not to wear a hat at the dinner table and i'm not that old. But this is all over society, not just the cashier who doesn't say thank you, or the teen who's lacks basic manners. But also the so called "higher end" of society. The guy who flips out on waitress because his prime rib isn't prepared exactly how he wants it. People often feel that they treat others with disrespect because of their position in society. We often here many more complaints about young or poor people who lack manners, when we should all be taking a look in the mirror.

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Thomas77

Sep-24-13 7:02 AM

I could have this feeling for a number of reasons, such as the 2008 recession and the death of my mother. It seems like people just don't have time for each other. I get the impression people just don't have the time for others. I hope every day that I will wake up and the good manners will start to return!!!

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Thomas77

Sep-24-13 6:56 AM

The last couple of years I have seen good manners go out the window between strangers, friends and even family. It may be my imagination but that is the feeling I get quite a bit!!!

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IThink

Sep-23-13 9:32 PM

Happy Hanukkah!

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50s4ever

Sep-23-13 8:22 PM

Any manager worth his salt will insist politeness be part of every transaction with a customer.

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Dark77

Sep-23-13 6:15 PM

I have to agree with scally today...good comment..

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Jazzie

Sep-23-13 3:29 PM

Scalz, whatever part of the country, er, universe, it isn't the management's job to train your employees to say please or thank you - or now closer to the holidays, to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

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