No wonder America is going in the tank. It’s an attitude problem that started with “casual Friday.” Just look around. It’s everywhere. Don’t believe me? Check out what used to be called “high fashion” ads and magazines. I have a new name for them, “low fashion.” Maybe I can prove it to you. Some of the latest ads or articles show successful wealthy men in great-looking new suits, but with pants that have belt lines way too low and trouser legs that look like they belong on a guy about a foot taller. You can tell that by looking at the bunched-up material dragging the ground around the shoes, which can hardly be seen at all.

Next, you’ll find a man strolling into someone’s office with the newest “untucked” fad — slacks, sports jacket, and a nice shirt left untucked underneath his sports jacket. Women have been sporting the untucked and layered look for years. But men? Guys look like slobs when they do it. Certainly not very businesslike is it? I sure wouldn’t expect anyone to do business with me if I walked into an executive’s office looking like that. Would you? I can see wearing a shirt untucked, I’ve done it myself lots of times, but only on very casual occasions, certainly not on an appointment.

To make matters worse, women have picked up on this new “casual Friday” attitude and to top it off, they pay big bucks for it. Ladies have been buying nice jeans, pants, slacks and shorts for years. But for some reason, they’ve decided it’s real cute to pay a lot more for them if they have big or little frayed holes in them. Actually, some men are doing the same thing, if you can believe that. What’s that all about? I have a pair of jeans with a small frayed hole, but that’s because they’re so old time and wear and tear have taken their toll on them.

The whole point is that “casual Friday” has created such an attitude of laziness that some are not taking their lives and responsibilities seriously enough, which has led to numerous problems in many areas of life.

Let’s bring “casual Friday” back to Fridays.

William H. Lee II

semi-retired insurance salesman

Baton Rouge