We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Good article. I agree with the doctor - You are not doing your child or the world any favors by not teaching manners. I spent some time when my two children were young with a group of young mothers who were clueless that it was a necessity to teach good manners. I didn't last long in the group.
Good manners and writing thank-you notes may be the two best things parents can teach their child.
Miss Manners is my heroine. She gives more sensible and practical advice than most general advice columnists. People write to her with jams they can't see any way out of, and she just effortlessly points out a solution that makes you say, "Well, of course."