Why Not

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What Happened to Respect?

Last week I received a call from a Cudahy resident looking for help on addressing the issue of high school kids smoking before school near his home and on school property.  When asked, the resident did say that he has contacted the Cudahy Police as well as the School District.  When I contacted both parties, they both said they were aware of the issue and they are trying to clean it up.  A piece of advice from the Cudahy Police is to keep calling when you see something happening.  This same theme of continuing contacting the Police came up during the Neighborhood Watch meeting last night. 

As I talked to the resident, he said that when he says things to the students, he is cursed at and told to mind his own business.  The students also leave garbage and cigarette butts when they leave.  No respect for the nighbors or the neighborhood.

Later that same day, I was visiting with a family on the north side of Milwaukee.  To my surprise, we had the exact same conversation about the kids in their neighborhood.  Cursing, smoking, talking back, leaving trash. 

I know that times have changed since I was a kid.  If I were to ever curse at a neighbor, talk back to a neighbor, leave trash in a neighbors yard, I know that my dad would "take care of the problem".  That probelm being me. 

Why is it that some kids today show so little respect for anything or anyone?  Is it because they see our State Supreme Court Justices going at it like brothers and sisters?  Is it because they see our elected officials arguing with each other to the point that the focus is no longer on the issues?  Is it that the parent/s are working multiple jobs just to keep the family in their home and they just don't have the energy to fight this battle with their kids?

I don't know what it is, but it is a trend that I hope comes to an end soon. 

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