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Living by the code



"Honor" is a fuzzy term. But if it's essentially about doing the right thing, do we see enough of it in our world today?


Ken Wright of the northwest side works in the automotive industry

What comes to mind when I say the word "honor"? That there's no more honor in the world. It's too bad, because honor is very important, and it's becoming a thing of the past. For years, we were taught if you get a good education you'll do all right, but the world is changing.

How can we make it better? We need to ask politicians the hard questions, about what they value, and check their backgrounds. People are too stuck in party lines.

Who or what do you honor? I honor my parents; my dad is 95 and mom is 86. And I honor my daughter and grandkids.


Ruben Castaneda of Westminster is a mechanic

What does the word "honor" mean to you? If you do something you can be proud of, then you have honor.

Do you think a lot of people are still honorable? Yes, there's still honor in the world. If there wasn't any, it would be a lot worse than it is now.

Is honor an important value to teach our kids? Yes, along with discipline in activities and sports.


Kimberly Breazier of Manitou Springs is an independent contractor

What does the word "honor" mean to you? I wish there was more of it in the world. Instead, there's so much dishonesty, especially within our own government. We've been lied to so much, and we've been through so much.

So how important is honor? Honor is a big, big thing. It's trust.

Do you still feel hopeful? Yes, there's still hope. I hope there's still Social Security in a few years, because that's what we were promised. And we have to make sure to give our soldiers what we promised them, too.


Jill Farmer from the west side is a grant writer

What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word "honor"? The military. People who join voluntarily honor their country by serving selflessly.

Is there still honor in society in general? There's still some, but it seems like it's getting worse, like people don't care anymore, about their town, their country or even their own family. There's a lot of apathy.

Did you ever get caught being dishonorable as a kid? No, I was a typical goody two-shoes. The worst thing I did in school was pull a chair out when someone was trying to sit down. I was just trying to be funny, but I had to go to the principal's office, and I was so humiliated.

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