Where is our civility?

Even in our small towns and county, rudeness and self-entitlement evident

Posted 7/27/20

Civility.

The act, if not the word, has been conspicuously absent when America needed it most in 2020.

We’re not talking about cursing celebrities and pushy politicians executing a grim …

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Where is our civility?

Even in our small towns and county, rudeness and self-entitlement evident

Posted

Civility.

The act, if not the word, has been conspicuously absent when America needed it most in 2020.

We’re not talking about cursing celebrities and pushy politicians executing a grim backstroke in the cesspool of social media. Unfortunately, the stench from that trickles down and flourishes repulsively among ordinary citizens — including those in our rural county.

Don’t believe us? Simply go to The Prairie Press home page on Facebook and check out the discussion about the IESA canceling fall sports for middle school and junior high school students. Here’s the thing: Readers won’t see the worst of the complaints on both sides of the discussion — and we use that word loosely.  The worst is blocked out because we have drawn a line in the sand about language and intimidation.

This editorial subject was suggested by one of our readers and retired school teacher Sharon Wright, who witnessed two instances of verbal abuse while shopping.

Those who have been to any of the big box stores or grocery stores since Monday, know a mask is required to enter. Unfortunately, the employee charged with the “you need a mask” job is usually an older woman or a teenager. The employee doesn’t deserve the abuse and anyone who thinks they are going shopping anywhere in the U.S. has to realize masks are now required.

What has happened to us? More chilling, what might happen?

Surely, our parents didn’t rear us all as children to become grasping, self-entitled, rude adults. We’re better than that.

At least, we can be.

We’ve written about the subject of civility several times.  As we revisit some of those words on this page today, it is in the hope that we can again take them to heart, and put the advice into practice as we continue to stumble through our new normal.