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We are becoming a nation of heathens
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
I read your column (Dennis Wyatt: “Yes your kids are out of control” – Aug. 6, 2009) on kids are out of control with interest.
As, I believe that it is not just the kids that are out of control in our society. The so called adults, as well as some of the older people are also. It seems like these people are trying to outdo each other as to who can be the rudest in public.

One of the things that irks me the most is when I am trying to leave or enter a public establishment it is not only the kids but the teenagers as well as some of the adults try to run over me. I am 65 years old, and wasn’t raised this way, and I don’t need it. Whenever the parents drive up to a restaurant the kids run out of the car they make a mad dash for the entrance. No matter that I am trying to exit the restaurant. They just bolt right in front of me. The same thing occurs when I am trying to enter if they are leaving. If I had acted this way when I was growing up not only would my parents have slapped me silly, I would have been banned from that place. In other words society wouldn’t have tolerated this type of behavior, kids knew better.

I suppose this behavior isn’t any worse than someone talking as loud as they can on their cell phones in a restaurant, or a group of people talking at the top of their lungs. It doesn’t seem to matter that they are disturbing the other patrons. The management of these places don’t even seem to try to quite these folks down. I know, I know, if I don’t like it then I can stay out of these places. Well I do just that now. I will either order out, or eat at home. This type of behavior seems worse in California, and some of the larger cities on the East Coast.

 I am afraid this type of behavior is just another sign of how bad our society has become. We are becoming a nation of heathens. The parents don’t corral their children because they don’t know any better either.

Oh, I was in SaveMart the other day, and there was a young girl in her late teens or early 20s shopping in her string bikini. Again, the store managers didn’t say a word to her about it. Also, I was driving down Main Street. a while back and saw a young male walking down the street. Well, his pants were so low that I could see daylight between his legs.

Again when I was a young lad the police would have arrested someone for this type of behavior. Well, I guess that is enough from me for now.
Jimmie Younger
Aug. 6, 2009