Respect is missing

08/01/2014 5:04 AM

08/01/2014 5:04 AM

I remember, 32 years ago, as a new wife and stepmother, saying to my new family: "You don't have to love me, but you are going to respect me in this house." Anything worthwhile takes time, patience and respect for others and their personal frame of reference. That is sorely absent in our world today, especially from those for whom they are of the utmost importance.

Our government has a "House" that represents our entire country. Citizens need to weigh carefully those they select to represent our country in those hallowed halls. We, as voters, are ultimately responsible for the outcome of an election and for turning our houses of congress into houses of mockery.

One of our children sent us a few quotes the other day, and two seem appropriate here:

"I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth!"

"I wonder if clouds ever look down on us and say: "Hey look! That one is shaped like an idiot."

We laughed and the few buffoons that shame our country immediately came to mind. However, laughter is short lived and this is no laughing matter.

Judith Cannon, Miami

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