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What Has Happened To?????

Posted September 11, 2014 in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset


Holding the door open for others


Commitment to community and country


Airline travel that was fun and exciting


Respect for elders and others


Focusing on all society – not simply the “What’s in it for me!”


Personal appearance


Music that is pleasant to the ear and not a high volume


Good old westerns


Use of words like “Thank You”, “Your Welcome and “Please”


Regard and honor for people holding elected office


Movies / shows without violence and vulgar language

Using turn signals


Entertaining ourselves and not always being entertained

Paying in cash

Long term vision vs. short term gain

Saving Money

Life without codes / passwords


Sitting on front porches

Can you add to this list?

Yes, there are many Iowan’s that believe and embrace these characteristics but it seems like the number is getting smaller.  Most of these items are not age related (the values they reflect are still important today) – hopefully, the new generations will embrace many of these same values and characteristics.

Pointing a finger at the cause can be difficult, however, it is my belief that part of the answer may be that about three decades ago the idea of having casual days at work resulted in one day a week in which the employee could dress “casually” – normally it was a Friday.  That one day seems to have transformed into “casual” work dress all the time.  The nature of the word “casual” often means not only how we dress but how we address the work to be done.  The productive level may not be as high in a casual atmosphere as it is in a formal work climate.

That casual nature seems to have worked its way into all of society including religious areas and how “dressed up or down” our communities appear.  There is a great deal of “grey” and less clarity of distinct “yes or no” in our lives.

If we treat our communities and neighborhoods in a casual manner that is how they often appear visually and how people regard them.  Communities and neighborhoods need a mixture of the formal and the casual to provide excitement and interest to both residents and visitors.  Do you want a blue jeans community or one that is dressed in a sports coat and slacks?  Maybe you want your town to be a tuxedo community, suit and tie community or at a minimum a sport coat and slacks community.

Many people think that the list doesn’t apply to them.  They believe these are for everyone else?

Just some shared thoughts about the basic values that may help make our communities and neighborhoods successful and filled with pride.

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