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Maybe it’s just wishful thinking

Is the two-party system the best we can do? From the perspective of this unhappy Republican it has a major flaw: It is impossible to stretch a unifying political tent over a party where the political differences are so great and where the so-called “wedge” issues play such a major role. 

Increase the federal gasoline tax

Dilapidated water and sewage systems, a teetering electric grid, falling bridges, dangerous roads and tunnels . . . Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump all seem to agree that we need to make major improvements to our national infrastructure. It is falling apart. 

Recycling beverage containers

‘Pepsi Cola hits the spot, 12 full ounces that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.’

 

This little jingle from the1930s sounds quaint today. As recently as the 1950s, Pepsi, Coke and other carbonated soft drinks typically sold in grocery stores and coin-operated vending machines for just 5 cents; if you returned the bottle, and most people did, you would get 2 cents back, meaning your drink itself cost only 3 cents! 

The importance of recycling beverage containers

“Pepsi-Cola hits the spot, twelve full ounces that’s a lot, 

twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you.” 

 

This little jingle from the1930s sounds quaint today. As recently as the 1950s, Pepsi, Coke and other carbonated soft drinks typically sold in grocery stores and coin-operated vending machines for just 5 cents; if you returned the bottle, and most people did, you would get 2 cents back, meaning your drink itself cost only three cents! 

A few environmental New Year’s resolutions

In the Northwest Corner, we are blessed with unusually favorable surroundings; still, the overall environment of the planet is deteriorating fast. Our politicians are not doing enough to halt the damage. And the most significant modifications needed to slow environmental degradation, especially climate change, need to be made by governments at the national and international scale. But individual efforts, if done by a large enough number of people, add up and can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions for Lakeville Journal readers.

Deep-six Trump’s wall

An extremely hostile gesture toward Hispanic people on both sides of the border, President Trump’s proposed border wall is also an ineffective way of reducing unwanted migrants and goods from entering our country and a colossal waste of money. Even though the scope of the project has been scaled back, cost estimates keep increasing and Trump’s own estimates have grown from less than $10 billion dollars to a current budget demand of $25 billion; and this would only be an initial down payment.

I remember when I met the president …

On July 18, 1994, I attended a baseball game at then Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Considered one of the most handicapped accessible at the time, the newly constructed stadium had opened three months earlier and just shy of four years after the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. I had traveled to Ohio with my stepfather and was eager to experience the wheelchair friendly ballpark.