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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Key a Hummer Today

Things are a bit hectic right now, so I'm going to toss an oldie in so's you don't think I've lost interest.

I've finished What's the Matter with Kansas? and have ordered some books from the other camp. In that so many conservatives look to me like momma's boys (some of them even call thier wives "mommy", for cryin' out loud), I'm waiting for the mail to bring One Nation, Two Cultures by Gertrude Himmelfarb, mommy of Bill Kristol.

Coming also in this package is Bobos in Paradise, by the oft-mentioned David Brooks. I don't know anything about his mommy. Just so the mailman doesn't drop this package on his right foot I have ordered Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen. Although "everything" sounds a bit bold, it seems like a must-read.

Anyway, the point was to slip in a rerun and cut. This was a letter that found its way into the Milwaukee Journal in 2001, my reaction to a story about the difficulties kids and moms were having with school transit issues.

What about the environment?

I read with great interest Meg Kissinger's article about parental pickup at school, but was disappointed that the issue of environment was not addressed in any way.

Each day, as I make my way around traffic at the local high school, I grow a little more depressed at the sight. It's not enough that across America, millions and millions of gas-guzzling suburban assault vehicles are unnecessarily spending millions of hours warming up and idling. Additionally, we are contributing to the next generation's increased blindness to alternatives.

Ironically, the very people who are our hope can most easily be efficiently transported, but they are not.

There are sports heroes and academic heroes. There are also a few high schoolers who recognize the waste and harm of our ways, and walk or ride the bus voluntarily.

Those are my heroes.

In the words of a particular favorite of mine, Linda Ellerby, "And so it goes."


At 8:20 PM, Blogger Bullock said...

Ah,yes-the good old days. The good old days when school bus transportation was free and, of course, what could be freer than walking? 'Course gas was $.55 a gallon or some such ridiculous number in 1965-1969 but the lesson is/was the same-don't waste your resources.
People who live out of town a ways, say 30 plus miles,know the lesson in this, as well as the city dweller who knows it is easier and cheaper to hop a commuter bus than pay parking and fight the the gridlock.
So much of energy conservation makes sense, if you look at it. Trouble is, we are using the wrong energy.
I have been reading a lot about biodiesel lately and vehicles and it makes so,so much sense, you wonder why people haven't jumped on it.Oh, yeah, forgot-the oil cartel/lobbyists/Bush energy policy/big auto/big auto union/power elite.
But, man, think of it:grain-powered vehicles. What country has more grain-growing power than anyone?For example,recycled vegetable oil can be used, converting it in a relatively simple method in your back yard for about $.70 per gallon. That's pretty close to 1965 era $.55.Your vehicle smells faintly like a french fry but I think, for zero emissions, you should be considered smelling like a rose.


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