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Neal Barton's POV

Manners never go out of style


POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:50pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:58am

Something special happened last night.

Every now and then something pops up in your life which gives you a little hope that maybe all is not lost and things are going to be okay.

We have a tour group come through here, little kids.

I normally am not around for this sort of thing because if I told you all the jobs I have around here, it would make your head spin.

I'm always managing people not tour groups.

A church friend of mine is a cub scout leader.

It's amazing after working in the stressful world of law enforcement all day, he has time to shepard kids who are trying to be scouts.

That's a huge investment of his time and strength, I'm sure.

Kids will be kids and they lose interest in things they are looking at about every 10 seconds

A TV studio and its mechanics is even a head spinner for their parents who made the trip, too.

But at the end something happened that touched me.

Touched me deeply.

When it was time for Hawkins, Texas Tiger Cub Scout troop 391 to leave, their leader, Wade Kimblem, told those scouts, go over and shake Mr. Neal's hand, say thank you and look him in the eye.

Did you hear that?

Shake a man's hand and look him in the eye.

That's what kids were taught when I was a child.

Manners and also brave social interaction.

In a world of rudeness and just not giving a damn, it's still nice to know that Tiger Cub Scout Troop 391 from Hawkins, Texas, is still learning American values which are all to foreign to many of our young people.

Troop 391, I salute you, your leader and your parents.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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Scouts rock.

I was speaking about that last night at supper. I was always taught that when you dressed better, you acted better. I taught my children the same. They now teach the same to their children. We played together, prayed together and worked together. God's Word taught them how to treat others. Glad the scouts brightened your day Neal. Good for them, their parents and their Scout leader.

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