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Amanda Milligan

Why fight inevitable change?

We categorize generations because we expect them to e-volve.

But that doesn't stop one generation's predecessors from fighting change. We're not talking terrorism, murder or kidnapping here.

We're arguing about the scandal dubbed the "flip-flop flap."

I saw the picture of the Northwestern University women posing with President Bush. They were dressed nicely in dresses and skirts. But (gasp), are those sandals fashioned with a strip of material between the first and second toes rather than a crisscross or other similar design?

As the flip flop-wearing subjects of ridicule pointed out, this footwear was hardly for the beach.

Now, they aren't the type mom and dad are used to, but as generations change, so does the attire. Should our concepts, thoughts, and ideas about the world always remain the same? Not only about how we dress, but about social concepts.

I don't mean abandon all ideas on which we were founded; I mean have an open mind. I understand and agree that a visit to the White House warrants a certain level of respect. But did these women look that bad? And if their foot attire was disrespectful, it was only a minor infraction. Even the princess of etiquette, Peggy Post thinks that no rules were broken. Let's just say flip-flops are the new sandals.

In 10 or 20 years, I expect my children will think, act and dress a little differently. I just hope my generation remembers to be tolerant.

Amanda Milligan, 29, is a broadcast journalism major at The University of North Alabama.

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