Little prospect of returning to an age of better manners

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From: Mark Wilkinson, Stonefall Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

NO, Mr Sheridan, you are not the only one who feels that good manners are a thing of the past (Yorkshire Post, July 26), we are out there and are horrified each and every day.

Drivers that bully you when you drive within the speed 
limits, grandparents that are unable to raise a smile or a “good morning” when you pass (no good manners from grandparents – it’s all over – the rest have no chance).

Containers/packaging containing drinks or a bar that are meant to make you fitter and stronger, but they in fact destroy all movement in your fingers – so you are unable to hold on to the bottle!

And my favourite, which is solid gold. You say thank you because someone has held a door open 
for you, and because the poor soul has had no coaching in receiving good manners as well as giving good manners, they are confused and say “that’s all right”. They don’t know they have shown consideration for another and so are in no position to ever understand or accept the appreciation.

Mr Sheridan, good manners went out with the dinosaurs and it is going to get even worse.

From: Alan Haigh, High Street, Burniston.

WITH regard to Lord Seldon’s article on motorists who throw litter from their cars (Yorkshire Post, July 27), it was one of the worst articles I have seen for a long time.

He obviously takes a distinct dislike to people in authority with his reference to a “little man” from the environment and his silly reference to the police issuing more fines at Christmas. What planet is this man on, especially as I am an ex-police officer?

I do hope he has heard of the Data Protection Act which prohibits the disclosure of certain information and I would like to know who his friends are at DVLA that disclose telephone numbers for his personal amusement. I have known of ex-colleagues being sent to prison under this Act.

From: Susan Abbott, Melbourne Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

THANK you, Jayne Dowle, (Yorkshire Post, July 29) for welcoming the fight for decency and respect in your column.

Why should we bring up our children/grandchildren to behave in a responsible and respectful manner to others only for us all then to go out and witness unacceptable behaviour in public?

On coming out of my building society a while ago in the city, a young man just appeared out of nowhere and spat across me. I was so incensed I automatically responded by shouting at him that this behaviour was out of order.

I know I shouldn’t have shouted and I’m sorry for that. He shouted back in another European language and just walked off. There were a number of people sitting outside on benches and not one supported me or said anything.

Why should decent people have to put up with this sort of behaviour, lack of respect for others and downright bad manners? We should not have to and I welcome any legislation that stops spitting and other anti-social behaviour in public.

From: Peter Hyde, Driffield, East Yorkshire.

I READ Jayne Dowle’s column every time and with interest, as she seems to say what most of us are thinking. I agree with her support of hitting spitters with an £80 fine (Yorkshire Post, July 29). I also agree with her about the other offensive and inconsiderate things people do that annoy decent, sensible members of society.

However, there is one little snag to Mr Pickles’ and Jayne’s idea and that is just who is going to police the scheme?

Here in Driffield it is very rare that we see a police officer or even a PCSO and I am certain that if one of these yobs was approached by a council member of staff, such member of staff would be the recipient of a foul tirade of abuse.

No, Mr Pickles, before enacting any more laws, give us police officers with the power to enforce them.

From: Martin D. Stern, Hanover Gardens, Salford.

I CANNOT but agree with L Sheridan (Yorkshire Post, July 30) in objecting to “travellers on public transport [who] assume they have an automatic right to occupy two seats” in order to accommodate their coats and bags.

Being femurally challenged, I find that seats on many buses are so close together that I am forced to sit diagonally. Therefore I tend to occupy an aisle seat to minimise the disturbance to others even though this might leave the other seat empty. Though I usually try to invite others to take it, many are reluctant to do so. Perhaps I should apologise for my apparently “selfish behaviour”.