Thursday, 10/16/14, Public Square

Eisenhower era


by | October 16, 2014 · 6:00 am

13 responses to “Thursday, 10/16/14, Public Square

  1. Yes, much has changed, some for the better. Here’s a story about a few things that have changed.

    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

    The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

    She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
    Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

    Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.
    This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.

    We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was
    right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

    Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

    Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

    In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

    When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

    Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
    operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

    But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

    • A lot of money has been made off the ‘green thing’. Which is why it will NEVER go away

    • Asher Bob White

      Great. Even poetic. Publish it; maybe in the local paper, i.e., letters to the editor, or something. This is good: and took some good thinking. Many of our generation will love it.

  2. Rachel Maddow is correct – Eisenhower was a Republican I admired.

  3. I just finished watching last night’s debate between Senator Roberts and Mr. Orman. I had recorded it since we had previous plans last night.

    Voting for Mr. Orman is a positive for our state and our nation.

    • Anything is better than Roberts – IMHO.

      Pat Roberts is in that category of folks who think they are ‘entitled’ to living off the government that they profess to hate so much….



    Partisan politics – there is bound to be a certain degree of this going on…..but have we crossed the line between healthy partisan politics and what I term as ‘Foxxies Hen House Cluck Fest’ and ‘Hate Talk Radio Shock Jock Jamboree’?

    What I find the most disturbing is when it is proven that Foxxies or Hate Talk Radio Shock Jocks are spreading outright lies – this side apparently does not think it is necessary to correct themselves…..or to even say they have outright lied to the people.

    This is one thing about Rachel Maddow – I have seen her apologize and correct herself if she has been proven to have said something wrong on her show.

    Facts DO matter…..

  5. History of Ebola outbreaks

    Since 1976, there have been about 30 recorded Ebola outbreaks that have infected humans. Note the long periods of inactivity, including a thirteen year stretch between 1980 and 1993.

  6. A Harvard University study concluded that 17,000 Americans a year will die because Republican governors refuse to expand Medicaid. Voting Republican is more deadly than Ebola.

  7. A very nice, very short story. đŸ™‚

    Orioles fan here. I have to share this story.