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An issue that is a concern of mine, and I feel should be a concern of others, is the loss of the use of manners in the United States. When one thinks of manners, "Yes, sir, No, ma'am, and thank you"� are the first examples that come to mind. These are some of the easiest things one can do, but many people overlook them causing our country to appear less than polite.

I think that one of the most important things a person can learn is good manners. One should learn to be polite, men should remove their hats when indoors, decent table manners should be the norm, doors should be opened for others as a sign of respect, and one should stand upon meeting someone and a handshake should be offered. If people used good manners and were polite for just one day, the country would be turned upside down, and as a nation, we would begin to expect and appreciate manners.

Good manners are the physical examples of one person's respect for another. For some reason, we have lost the desire to be kind to each other. The reinstitution of mannerly behave would, perhaps, bring about a safer environment for our children. There is nothing that can replace treating one another with respect, and manners provide us with the opportunity to be good people.

It is so easy to be polite and use good manners if it is important to you. I was taught from a young age to be polite and mannerly. While it is second nature for me to wait and hold the door open for someone, it is not necessarily so for everyone. I do believe, however, that if we all exhibited good manners many of society's ills would vanish.