Thursday, March 30, 2017
(3/30/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al
When I was in 5th grade, several students noticed a trend in our weekly FRI newsletter (I don't think it was called The Weekly Reader, I think we had went to a generic, probably cheaper, more left wing brand)...every week, it talked about some impending natural calamity...earthquakes, pollution, extinction, nuclear war, starvation...you get the point. After a few weeks in a row of reading about one "world is going to hell in a handbasket" scenario after another, several of us started wondering what this week would bring.
Our teacher, also a farmer and a talker, caught on one week and we spent much of the afternoon talking about how it's basically common for folks to insist that the future will be awful because of technology. His grandpa, he told us, almost disowned his son when the first tractor appeared on the farm. He kind of teased us about our belief that the weekly thing was negative, he thought it was more truthful.
Then on MON, he went back to the subject, because over the weekend, he saw a story on a 20/20 type program that basically insisted farmers were to blame for all the river and lake pollution in the world, because the fertilizer they used was washing into waterways. He said he and his son sat there disputing the report, but it continued on for a long time, to both their disgust. After it was done, the reporter sat with the host for a couple minutes, discussing things. The host finally said, "Well what can be done?" The reporter looked into the camera and said, "As long as the agriculture industry puts profit over the health of the planet, we're doomed."
He told us as his son said some choice words about things, all he could think of was, "Those kids were right." Among his many statements was he felt water was far cleaner now than it had been back when city dwellers took their buckets of human waste down to the shore and dumped them in, because then it all ended up downstream somewhere....something many of us had never known, but have since found out is 100% true.
As a wise man would say, they always complain with their bellies full and in a warm house.
On a final note, while Cronkite has been outed for decades as being a biased liberal, it would have been noted in a half second had he leaned right. He was called fair and neutral because he wasn't anymore left than others. "Fair" has been a synonym for "liberal" for half a century, at least. Why do you think Fox News stands out so?
3/30/2017 09:00:00 AM