It’s refreshing to see two former presidents, Bill Clinton and H. W. Bush, work side by side to benefit humanity.
Together, they raised millions of dollars to benefit victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean and Hurricane Katrina. In the process, they said nice things about each other, even though they were from opposing parties.
On the other hand, it’s irritating to hear another former president call the current president’s administration “the worst in history.”
So said former Pres. Jimmy Carter about Pres. George W. Bush’s administration. It was in bad taste.
The administration naturally had to reply. A spokesman called Carter’s critique reckless and said “he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments.”
The next day, Carter reconsidered his recklessness and claimed he was misunderstood.
He was merely comparing the present administration with former Pres. Richard Nixon’s administration. He should have thrown his own administration into the mix.
The Clinton-Bush camaraderie makes one proud to be from America where we can have differences of opinion politically but work together for the benefit of others.
The Carter remark shows that he should stick to building houses for Habitat for Humanity which is to be admired and let the people decide for themselves who have been the best and worst of our presidents.
It’s time to hop a ride or board a train to save gasoline
With the price of gasoline bouncing above the $3 mark here in the U. S., it is time to realize we have far too many cars on the highways. It should be common sense to hop a ride with a car pool or choose public transportation where possible to get where we need to go.
Europeans have lived with much higher gasoline prices for many years. They have opted for small cars, motorcycles and bicycles to get to their destinations, in addition to an extensive network of trains.
Pres. Dwight Eisenhower paved the way for our overuse of gasoline when his administration started the construction of the Interstate Highway system. He made it easy for us to jump in our cars and go the limits in travelling the broad expanse of our land.
But like everything else, the price of gasoline has increased. We are paying for the convenience of individual travel. Plus, the crowded highways are making it less enjoyable to get where we are going.
So it is time to start adjusting our thinking about how to get there, wherever “there” is. The high price of gasoline and the crowded highways should work hand in hand in making it more attractive to find workable alternatives, whenever possible, to “getting there.”.