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April 03, 2002

A hearty "bravo" to Kristine McKenna for her remarks on public courtesy and its often minimal display in our culture ("Any Which Way but Proper," Opinion, March 31). While one must certainly admit variety of custom from one society or one age to another, common decency and respect for other individuals should still be the norm; i.e., do to others as you would be done to.

In a time in which senseless violence such as road rage and other similar manifestations is so prevalent, perhaps attention to such seemingly insignificant actions as flushing public toilets and using automobile turn signals (essentially the same action, requiring the same amount of energy) could help to reestablish our sense of what the best of "civil"-ization is meant to be.

Robert Skinnell

La Crescenta

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