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Is civility a lost art?

Is civility a lost art?

It is more than 50 years since Emily Post, the guru of etiquette, passed away. Has civility passed away with her? When Speaker of the House John Boehner referred to the president's legislation as "crap," I began to wonder. In "The Promise," his best-seller about President Barack Obama's first year in the White House, Jonathan Alter writes, "it [is] hard to see how things [are] going to get more civil when every loudmouth with a talk show or hatemonger with a laptop [can] mainline venom into the system." Today in politics civility has reached new lows — to the detriment of our citizens. When one side sets out to oppose the other for no...