Over the last few years, I've noticed a disturbing trend: The near-total disappearance of manners. It seems that hardly anyone says "please", "thank you", "sir", or "ma'am" anymore. Seeing someone cover their mouth when yawning in public also seems to have gone by the wayside. Ditto for men holding the door open for ladies, or giving up their seat on a crowded bus or train for one. The men at the table rising to their feet as a lady arrives to be seated? Forget it. A man pulling out the chair at the table for a lady as she sits? No way! Don't even get me started on the prevalence of profanity. The F-word is now so common in everyday conversation, it hardly raises an eyebrow anymore. When I was growing up, most of us guys were conscientious about how we dressed; we wanted to look good for the girls. Nowadays, too many young men seem to be competing to see who can dress the sloppiest...and many young girls seem to think that the more scuzzy a guy looks, the better! When did being polite go out of style? Why does my attitude on this subject make me "old fashioned"? I'm giving my all to teach my sons this lesson: There is a HUGE difference.... between men vs. gentlemen, as well as women vs. ladies. If this makes me "old fashioned" or "out of touch"...SO BE IT.