First let me apologize for ranting....! I own a small business & my wife is a RN. We have 3 children (11 to 24). We have a 24 acre farm & live a simple country life. We pay our bills & accept responsibility for our actions. All that being said - what is it with people today? The majority of people I see the last few years have no pride - no honor & no integrity. They are waiting on a government handout & expect you to take care of their problem or supply their needs - they have no compunction about lying, stealing or taking whatever they want. I am so frustrated!!! I am 40 my wife is 39 & we have both worked 6 days a week for the last 20 years to have a small farm, house & ecducate our children. We choose what is important to us & do not hesitate to pay for it. If we give you our word - you can bank on it. I realize the economy is tough - my business is just on this side of folding under - and I realize some people have habitual issues.... but what happened to facing the consequences of your actions? Of being responsible for your children? Of teaching honor & integrity? If my business goes under - I still will pay for my loan - even though it is not going under from my managing but rather from this economy.... I am not being callous about the loan - my land is the collateral for this loan & I will have to work hard to "re-pay" it... possibly even 2 jobs - but that was my choice & the risk I took going into private business. In fairness though - we did well with our feed & farm business until late last year when our local economy crashed & 7000 people in our area were unemployed within months... But what alarms me most is how people are losing any integrity they had... in my area you can write a bad check and as long as it is below 1000.00 there is nothing I can do but to place a lein on your property (if you have any) - my local magistrate no longer will issue a warrant - and to place the lein it costs me another 80.00. This has become known & now I have people who are writting bad checks intentionally & others who refuse to pay their account because they know nothing will happen to them! And the children! Where my store is located I have about 9 children aged 4 to 14 who walk the streets with no supervision - no one checks up on them for 5 & 6 hrs at a time... one 12 year old actually stayed the whole weekend at my business & home with my 11 year old - the problem is that we have never meet his parents nor talked to them - couldn't find them all weekend to let them know he was ok & when I found them Sunday nite they did not even ask where he had been or who we were! The "right" to have & the I am "owed" mentality blows my mind! This was once a rural, moral, decent area where people worked hard, you could trust their word & doors remained unlocked even at night - now - after a year & half of economic upheavel - I do not recognize the place, the people or the society that is in play. I refuse to become the same! And I will teach my children to be honest people with integrity! And God knows the simple, farm based lifestyle is disappearing fast! So my question is What has happened to the American people? family? Are all of you seeing this trend also? Or am I just one of the last of a dying breed? Is this what our society will become?