Weatherford Democrat

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December 7, 2012

Letters to the editor, Friday, Dec. 7

— Dressing well shows respect

Dear editor,

My wife and I went out to eat the other night, as we have many times in the past. I couldn’t help but notice how people’s public appearances’ have changed in my life time. Men and women go into a nice medium class restaurant now in clothes I wouldn’t wear to mow the lawn.

Men with dirty jobs no longer go home and shower and change before going out. I had a dirty oily job for about 10 years, but always bathed and changed if we were going to get out of the car to eat. I figured any lady in a light colored dress wouldn’t appreciate me leaving her some of my B-52 oil or grease on her seat, besides it’s just good manners. And there is no place in restaurants now for hats, so leave them at home or in the car. Also, those underbelly pants on men are really gross.

I guess men have always been a little piggy, but women now aren’t much better. Whoever convinced women that dirty gym clothes and flip flips are attractive is a marketing genius. And whoever convinced women they look good in a short blouse and low top pants with a roll of fat sticking out should be sent to the Middle East to negotiate peace.

I’ve always thought clothes must be either functional or enhancing. I understand why women use makeup to project that healthy skin, pink lips and cheeks, which tell prospective mates that they are healthy, and women have been wearing high heels since at least ancient Egypt, which thrust the pelvic forward in a more sexually receptive stance. I can even understand the corsets and hoop skirts of the past, because they exaggerated the fullness of the hips, saying I’m fertile and able to produce children. I must conclude, today many women are no longer interested in attracting or keeping a mate.

Aside from the function of clothing, they are just a part of the things we do for other people. I’ve always believed good manners are an expression of my respect for others and clothes are a constant statement of taste and respect.

Dennis Tilly,

Weatherford

Constitution doesn’t rule out secession

Dear editor,

Given her views on secession Ms. Langston (“Secession talk sounds a lot like quitter talk,” Letters to the Editor, Nov. 30 Viewpoints) must hold the Declaration of Independence in great contempt.  Despite her risible assertion, nothing in the Constitution of the United States mandates an indissoluble union.

Wm. Picou,

Weatherford

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