February 25, 1990
Re "Good Manners in the '90s" (Feb. 13): I suggest that Sydney Biddle Barrows and Charlotte Ford take the next available taxi back to charm school. These self-proclaimed etiquette arbiters consider it OK to tell other guests at a dinner party that a guest has AIDS. Could it be that they really have forgotten? The very basis of good manners is respect for the rights and privacy of others. The lack of such consideration for a person with AIDS smacks of a lot of things, none of which is good manners.
March 2, 1990
I would like to compliment staff writer Nikki Finke on her witty article regarding good manners in the '90s. I have a suggestion I believe covers the field most succinctly, and it has to do with--of all things--golf. As presently codified, the rules and etiquette of golf are far more complicated than any book on manners ever written; however, I would refer you to the ancient rules of golf. Play the course as you find it. Play the ball as it lies. Do what's fair. It seems to me that those rules cover most any social situation I have come across in a long life.
August 20, 2010 |
When Emma Thompson donned a bulbous nose and a protruding snaggletooth to play the title character in 2005's charming family fantasy "Nanny McPhee," she was seen as playing a kind of anti-Mary Poppins, using a magical walking stick instead of a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Watching Thompson settle again into the taciturn character in "Nanny McPhee Returns," it's clear the actress absolutely loves channeling her inner Shane, playing a calm, authoritative enforcer who arrives, unbidden, to clean up a mess and then rides off into the sunset when her work is done.
November 5, 1989
Let's not be too hard on Mrs. Reagan. The old studio star system didn't provide the contract players with training in protocol, diplomacy or even, alas, good manners. MARY LOU WHITEMORE Brentwood
October 15, 2005 |
Americans' fast-paced, high-tech existence has taken a toll on civility. From road rage in the morning commute to high-decibel cellphone conversations that ruin dinner out, men and women behaving badly have become the hallmark of a hurry-up world. An increasing informality -- flip-flops at the White House, even -- combined with self-absorbed communication gadgets and a demand for instant gratification have strained common courtesies to the breaking point.
May 25, 1986
The participants in the KNBC series "The McLaughlin Group" are, individually, top-quality commentators on political and other topical issues. It is sad, however, that the format of the show apparently requires each of them to display rudeness and bad manners. The participants are constantly interrupting each other, and shouting to be heard. Needless to say, the views expressed are excellent and of interest, but this gimmickry is clearly contrived, phony and shameful. Jack Blankley, Los Angeles
April 10, 1994
Regarding the letter from J.R.A. Borrie ("Offended," March 27): J. R. A. Borrie manages to convey more about himself than about us--his (American) hosts. It takes an uncommon amount of chutzpah and breach of manners to flaunt one's brash insensitivity as he has done. ANN R. BIEN Anaheim