I’m far from a prude but it really bothers me when adults cuss around kids or converse about inappropriate subjects. A little class and tact goes a long way to fostering a generation of well-adjusted youth. The more we lower our standards, the universal bar of expectations, the more we see the depraved results in our classrooms, homes and communities. Basic social etiquette, an ingrained respect for strangers, our neighbors, the elderly or even family members, is quickly becoming an aberration rather than the norm. It is also by no means a coincidence that so many now have so little respect for their country or the rule of law. How you say something, the manner in which you conduct yourself, is just as important if not moreso than the actual ideas you’re conveying. No, you’re not evil if you tell a dirty joke or a criminal if you curse out of frustration but there’s a time and place for all. Common decency and self-control don’t require wealth or an education, just a flickering reminder that people still care. Hearts and minds.