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Let's be civil

Posted: July 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

I agree with Gary Horton (Opinion, July 9). It seems though that our country is less civil. If I speak of our President, I will state “our President” or “Mr. Barack Obama.”

When I see on Facebook pictures of elected people using degrading words, I pass. I don’t hit “like.”

Our civic mentality should start with the people whom we have elected. What they say is often impolite. The savoir vivre (good manners) has been replaced by the laissez-faire (let’s do it.)

It is critical to restore our civic manners in the schools for the future generations.

Oh how much I have loved the civilities that my parents and my teachers taught me. We started our day at school with a lesson of morals. I learned not to bully.

Having a handicapped sister in my school taught me also how important it was to accept our differences. We sang patriotic songs, and in class we learned of the French poets and writers. We also were taught arts with no need for graffiti. We learned how to respect the property of others. We did not see litter on the streets.

My youth was the embellishment of my life. It made me who I am today: respectful, open and civil. I care about others and that does not make me a Democrat or a Republican. I vote for the most respectful human being.

Some of us came from poor, middle class, or rich families. I really think that parents and teachers and churches make us who we are. Even if a child lives in a bad environment, a teacher or church should still be able to contribute to his/her personality.

My parents were poor, but because they had to leave school at an early age (9 years old,) they wanted us to be more educated than them. Is that why I have been able to work with my husband for our company in America?

Nowadays, a child grows up with rewards. I remember using a big voice toward my grandchildren, in a shop, when they had a tantrum. People looked at me in a strange way. I was not going to let the kids have my phone for them to break it. My duty was to show them that in life we don’t always get what we want.

Society has lost its ground regarding the education of children. Adults have become more and more impatient and aggressive. That does not give kids the freedom to be disrespectful. Negativity attracts negativity. Let’s finish this article with a sense of positivity.

Let’s start by being confident. Educate the new generation with a touch of love, punishment, and rewards and let it explore the new technologies with incentives and not as a babysitting excuse. We are here to help a child and encourage him/her to succeed in civil ways.

 

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