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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • To the Editor: Civility can be a solution for a new world

  • People are searching for a solution to all violent acts, here is my idea: civility. At some point in our history we have lost this, even in our rural areas. You want change; then change the way you act and what we are teaching our younger generations. The changes can be minor, like: holding a door, helping someone you donR...
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  •     People are searching for a solution to all violent acts, here is my idea: civility. At some point in our history we have lost this, even in our rural areas. You want change; then change the way you act and what we are teaching our younger generations. The changes can be minor, like: holding a door, helping someone you don’t know, looking at people and say hello, and using manners.
        Sports are great for many things but they are also terrible for ego. If you are the winner always congratulate your opponent and don’t brag. Show respect, they likely worked as hard as you did to get there. The idea of “If you’re not first, you’re last”, is terrible to a young mind. That mentality will stick with that person forever. It creates the mindset of never wanting to try for fear of failure.
        Keep in mind that we are all not the same. We all dress different, we don’t all get paid the same wages, and we don’t all drive the same vehicles, or even live in similar houses or situations. Never judge a person by their exterior, that’s all superficial. We all do have one thing in common, we are all human beings trying to do the best we can with what we have. No one person is better than another. Every person has something to offer. Each and every person affects someone else’s life every day.
        Slow down, reconnect, and become involved in your community. Take time to notice the small things. Do things for others without expecting something in return. You want to change the world well do it, one little thing can change somebody’s life forever. Be civil, show respect, and use manners.
        Now you ask how this may relate to violent crimes and crime in general. If someone is brought up to believe that they will not amount to anything, why would they try to achieve something? This leads them to a less than desirable outlook on life, their own or anyone else’s. Maybe this idea will not change the world but it certainly will not hurt either.  
    Steven Meyer
    Hanley Falls

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