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Were the good ole days really all that good

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By SAM HATCHERI was reminded by someone this week about the “good ole days.”You know, I’m sure, about what I mean when I say the “good ole days.”Gas was 35 cents at the pump. It cost 50 cents to get in a movie. You could buy a top of the line automobile for way less than $8,000.These were the “good ole days.”This person’s comments about the “good ole days” made me stop and  think whether or not in 15 or 20 years that we’d be talking about the “good ole days” as they may relate to 2010 and the years immediately following or before.My father was never much on the “good ole days” kind of thinking.He’d always say he liked the way things are now compared to the “good ole days.”He’d point out that in the “good ole days” the air-conditioning in cars didn’t work that well and for that matter people were only getting used to having central heating and air-conditioning in their homes.He’d say television choices were few and far between and there were no shows in color.And he always liked to talk about how bad the traffic was on Highway 70 between Nashville and Lebanon in the “good ole days,” but now we have an interstate route to get us to the city and back although it too is now beginning to get crowded.The “good ole days” were fine but today’s different.Technology is amazing. We can talk around the world on a cell phone, cross the Atlantic in just a few hours, find almost any researchable item on the Internet, and buy drinking water that has been packaged in a plastic bottle.America today is struggling with a number of issues. The challenges are different than what many of us may remember about the “good ole days” but even so America is still a great place to live.We need to remember that.
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