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Kids should learn respect at home

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As the economic recession continues unabated with no improvement in sight, another important aspect to also note is that there seems to be a lack of respect and common courtesy in this country.

While driving, there is no courtesy anymore. People run stop signs and red lights, make illegal U-turns, change lanes without signaling and are nasty. It sems that increasing road rage has become the normalcy.

When you hold the door open for someone, the phrase “thank you” is no longer in that person’s vocabulary. If someone bumps into you while walking, they do not say, “Excuse me” or, “I’m sorry.”

My parents raised me to be a respectful, decent and polite person. Our young people today need to be taught these values by their parents. While many parents work hard to raise their children to be decent and respectful, there are those who need to be reminded that respect begins in the home.

Do not expect schools, teachers and administrators to do your job. Your children are your responsibility.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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