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No child safety seats, no problem

To the editor:

Your Sunday editorial about child safety seats in cars brought back wonderful memories for us “kids.” Thank you. Those of us in our 50s somehow survived childhood without using safety seats.

I remember back in the late ’50s, if you were a kid, you could lie in the back window of most cars. My sister and I would take turns. I would lie in the window and yell, “OK, Dad, ready!” He would hit the brakes and I would go flying into the back seat. Then it was my sister’s turn. My cousins and nephews and their parents all did this “fun ride” for the kids. And we’re all alive and well today to talk about it.

Now, OK, for the sake of argument, there were fewer people in the world and fewer people on the roads. It was upper New York state. We had never heard of road rage. People were less crazy and much more considerate of their neighbors, to be sure.

So is life any better now? Any safer now? Technologically, the world is far better off. But as far as people rushing from one event in their lives to another … maybe we’re not so better off.

George Carlin told a great joke. He’d say we’ve now got medicine bottles with child-proof lids, but we’re breeding dumb kids because the smart kids can get them off and kill themselves. Survival of the dumbest.

We don’t need more safety devices for kids. We need attentive parents who care and can teach their kids something about life and how to live and how to become good people. The problem is not cars or medicine bottles — it’s people.

If I could lie in the back window of my car today, I would do it. Unfortunately, back windows are not what they used to be.

Allen Williams


Take ball, go home

To the editor:

Growing up in Indiana in the ’50s and ’60s, we used to have pickup baseball and football games. Back then, not everyone owned a ball, so the one who did got to make the rules. If the rest of us didn’t go along, he would take his ball and go home.

Same thing just happened in the House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, not wanting a up-or-down vote on domestic oil drilling even though 70 percent of American citizens are in favor of it, took her ball (adjourned the House) and went home, just a day before Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama told us to fill up our tires and get a tune-up (most newer cars don’t need tune-ups for 100,000 miles). That, he said, would have the same effect on gasoline prices as drilling.

If $4-per-gallon gas is hurting you and your family, please remember this November when you go to the polls that it is the Democrats who have been against oil production and the development of other affordable sources of energy, such as coal-fired power plants and nuclear power.

By the way, dish soap works very well getting tire grime off your hands.

Robert Gardner


This is leadership?

To the editor:

At long last, Congress gets its ill-deserved vacation. Instead of biting the bullet and canceling or forgoing their vacation like so many Americans have this year, federal lawmakers go.

Let’s see, what have they accomplished? Absolutely nothing, except to attain the lowest approval rating of any Congress in history. Hats off to them for this monumental achievement.

When the new leadership took control, we heard promises of action and openness. Well, the action started with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanting a bigger jet. I guess that was to help make a smaller carbon footprint to curb greenhouse gases.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, meanwhile, volunteered some great sound bites for Rush Limbaugh.

Oh yes, they did decide to thumb their noses at the American public over the price of oil and the resulting inflation and recession. It is something that we, the little people, will just have to endure, as long as we make sure we vote for them again.

I know in politics it is fashionable to blame others for problems. That is called finger-pointing. We cannot forget that there are three fingers pointing back at you when you point that finger at others. That means you are responsible for change. You, the “leaders” are responsible for the lack of action, as any adult will testify.

As convenient as it is to blame President Bush for everything including the price of chocolate, when Congress comes back from vacation, I will let them know how pleased I am with them. Personally, I think they owe us a refund for inaction and poor job performance.

Darrell Welch


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