Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – August 27 2009

Roger Allen, publisher.

Roger Allen, publisher.

The Good News

With all the bad news in the world, I’m happy to see that we’re getting off the gasoline kick. Crude oil was formed from living things buried under prehistoric seas, and eventually it will all be used up. The automobile made use of cheap petroleum but, a century later, it’s not so cheap anymore. One look at the Interstate and you can see the results of supply and demand.

Transportation has drastically changed our lives and we can’t easily give it up. But it looks like the human race is getting serious about exchanging gasoline for renewable-source electricity. (Thank you, Thomas Edison!) We’re on our way to an oil-free future. That’s good news!

Extinction

Not us! Charles Darwin, in postulating the theory of evolution, noted that plants and animals best adapted to the environment were the ones who survived. He never figured on the changes humans could make on the environment. We have species disappearing because humans are taking away their habitat. You know what happened to the passenger pigeon, the bison, the great auk, and many others too small to notice. Humans are the worst enemy of lots of plants, birds and animals. We hunt them, eat them and change them by breeding. We have to live, too. About all we can do is keep a few samples around to remind us. I guess that’s what zoos are for.

Health Insurance Confusion

There’s too much misinformation floating around to figure out what’s going on with the 3-5 bills in Congress. It’s too much to cover in one fell swoop. Medicare has been a successful program, although expensive. It can be expanded and made less expensive. Congress should concentrate on “Medicare for all.” Frankly, I trust the government more than the competing, for-profit insurance companies.

Abby Strikes Out

Dear Abby admitted she was at a loss to answer the following:

“Dear Abby,

“A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid twenties. These two women go everywhere together and I’ve never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese?”

“Dear Abby,

“What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on my VCR?”

“Dear Abby,

“My 40-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist $100 an hour, every week, for two-and-a-half years. He must be crazy.”

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