Now that might sound like a strange subject for a column, but it's something for which I have strong feelings.


Now that might sound like a strange subject for a column, but it's something for which I have strong feelings.

And they are not nice.

I hate neckties. I have a closet full of them and can't stand to look at them.

I've never understood the purpose of a tie. Just don't get it.

I noticed a week or so ago that members of the Honesdale Borough Council weren't wearing neckties at a meeting. This was unusual.

So I asked someone what was up. I was told there are a few months of the year where the members can dress casually.

What a strange thing.

What makes certain months "tie free" and other months "tie mandatory?"

This isn't the first experience where I've seen this happen. In fact, many places I've been have similar rules.

I've still not gotten a straight answer.

What boggles my mind is what difference could a tie make? I seriously doubt it makes a person smarter. In fact, I know it doesn't. I've never solved the mysteries of the universe when wearing a tie. I doubt others have, either.

In fact, I believe the opposite is true. I think having your shirt collar buttoned up and this piece of cloth tied around your neck might actually cut off air and make you less smart.

This would explain a lot when it comes to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures around the country.

Maybe that's the whole problem. Remember when the guy got kicked off the floor of the U.S. House for wearing a hoodie?

Was that really necessary? Was it so wrong and was he dressed so casually he couldn't make a good argument?

I think not.

When I was in Texas, there was a local service organization which had a 50-plus year tradition of not wearing neckties.

It began in the 1950s when they hosted a state convention in this small, south Texas town. In came all of the big shots from Dallas, Houston and the other "cosmopolitan" areas of Texas. They all showed up in their suits and ties.

The members of the service club promptly lined them all up, got out a pair of scissors and cut off the ties.

"No ties here," was the message.

What a great tradition. It's still in place to this day.

In fact, rural Texas may be the most tie-less place I've ever seen. The bankers don't wear ties. Heck, they wear blue jeans and drive pickup trucks with gun racks to the office every morning. Granted, they are still bankers, but it does make them a little more real.

The lawyers do wear ties when they are in court. They are lawyers. And that goes back to my previous argument about Congress. See the connection?

I am still at a loss over this necktie matter. What's the point?

In doing a little research, it's generally believed neckties were invented as a "fashion statement" for men. There, I knew it, courting a woman was involved.

But fashions come and go, well, except for ties, I guess.

Maybe women do like ties, I don't really know. Even if you are looking for the "ultimate payoff" by wearing a tie, it's just another item of clothing you have to shed.

You know, we were all born naked. Some people cringe at that visual, but it is the truth.

So no matter what you wear, including a necktie, does it really matter? Isn't what's on the inside the most important part of us humans?

I know this much, when I draw my last breath and they put me on display in some smelly room, I will not be wearing a tie. Got that, relatives?

And neither will anyone attending. Got that, friends?

I want to go out the way I came in — casual. Not naked, mind you, I do want some people to attend — dressed casually.

Little is editor of The Wayne Independent and can be reached at