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Great comments Jay and D.P.

Jay Townley

Just listen to Garrison Keillor everyday on NPR and you know he is not only relevant but essential to our migration to an informed and civil information society. Our communities of all sizes are as relevant as Mr. Keillor, who like Samuel Langhorne Clemens shows us how to use humor to understand ourselves and the world we live in. The people of this country are struggling right now with change and the growing realization that what we have seen and experienced in the past we are very likely to never see again...and Mr. Keillor is using his gift of humor to help us see the future as something to embrace and not fear. Some of our political class want to blame the agents of change and make us afraid of them. We need Mr. Keillor, and all like him, who use humor to help us embrace change instead of fearing it.

D. P. Lubic

"What other values of small town America are 21st century?"

Those aren't the values of the 21st century; they are the values of any century! The problem is, we let too many things slip. We got sloppy. It's not just in "values" (and I would argue that a "dense, walkable community" isn't a "value" as such), but in a lot of other things, particularly dress. Take a look at older movies from the 1940s, or better still, crowd photos from that era in the real world, and note that everybody dresses better. You don't see people in big, baggy clothes, or skimpy clothes, you don't see people looking as sloppy as so many do today.

The clothes themselves don't make someone organized or moral or smart or whatever (think of Albert Einstien, and his disheveled appearance), but they are a symptom of a lot of other things, a lack of caring among them--about your own appearance, about you, and about your community.

That as much as anything drives the pursuit of money by Wall Street and the big banks that has lead to so much grief in recent years.

Note that the saying from the Bible is "The LOVE (my emphasis) of money is the root of all evil," not "Money is the root of evil." There is a difference! Money is just a tool, like anything else. It shouldn't be an object of desire in itself! But how many people really understand that?

Maybe what we need isn't a return to "values," as much as a change of perspective.

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