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Spates Quoted on Manners

James Spates, professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 20 Finger Lakes Times story “Mind your manners; Are we getting ruder? Depends who you ask.” The article discusses various views on Americans' manners or lack of manners. Spates thinks manners have declined, but he also believes society can always choose to stop that decline. “Each person is a part of society and can choose to oppose ill-mannered behavior by behaving properly – even a small positive influence is better than a small negative one,” he says.