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Reader Input: Past offers good life lessons

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I  suspect that many people in my age bracket would agree that one of the brightest periods in our country’s history were the years between the late 1940s and the early 1960s. As a nation we had yet to be enlightened. What a bunch of rubes we were.
Then it was generally accepted that men and women were different, delightfully so. Sinatra sang sappy songs about exchanging glances with a stranger in the night. For the most part men and women respected each other and their roles in the world. I remember several ladies I was enthusiastically respectful toward.
We foolishly assumed a child could walk safely to the park without winding up on a milk carton.
In our part of the county there were more guns per capita than there are now, but the only fatalities I know of were coke bottles and condensed milk cans and that had it coming.
The true white on black racism that existed throughout the century was beginning to die. The death it deserved even (Alabama) Governor (George) Wallace was getting the message. We loved our country and honored our flag. President (Dwight) Eisenhower was warning us to beware of the industrial military complex — in short, butt out.
Hollywood, of course had its foibles. Katherine Hepburn had that thing going on with Spencer Tracy but you can bet your sweet bippy that Kate had on her undies when she went out in public. And can you imagine Spence taking pictures of his nether regions and then mailing them out for the entire world to see? Oh my!
Now, reverse all the above mentioned and that’s our America today. We’ve come a long way baby. I realize most people under 40 have no idea what the hell I’m talking about but I hope you can recognize the trajectory our country is taking, and it ain’t pretty McGee. We need to quit buying the notion that we are all at war with each other. Our leaders say they love us and will fix everything. They don’t and they won’t.
We need to pull together, each in our own small way to maintain the health of our country. If we do not — this nation will die the death of a thousand cuts.
JOHN DOWNS, Newcastle