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Re: news of the day

You know, I like "stuff".  I like my computer, my tv, my stereo.  I like all
the various office supply stuff I keep around to have just the right thing
for a project.  I like all the stuff in my garage that makes gardening
easier and more fun.  I will like my new kitchen cabinets if they ever
finish installing them, even though the old ones (40yrs) were still ok. [I
put them in the garage to hold more stuff].  I like my Harmony Kingdom
stuff - gives me sort of a tickle just to look at them.  I like my garden
cat stuff, though they aren't necessary to enjoy the garden.  I like stuff.

But there is a point when people need to say, I have enough stuff to keep me
happy, maybe I could help someone else out with the stuff they need.  And
even when we don't yet have all the stuff we need or want, maybe we could
wait just a little longer and help someone else get some deperately needed

And if I have to do without some of the stuff I really want or even think I
really need because it adversely impacts someone else or the environment,
that's ok, too.  Surely we can find alternatives.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2003 10:31 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] news of the day

> In my mind I can point to the time "greed" became the mantra for corporate
> America.  I was working in D.C. in a large law firm in the late 1970's.
> Ringer's book, "Looking Out For Number One" was on the best seller list
> required reading for managers of many large firms.  It seems to me that
> from that point forward the emphasis was on self...what one could acquire,
> how much one could spend on cars, houses, etc., buying the best and
> bragging on it.  Problems of those less fortunate didn't concern those on
> this track unless they were directly involved.  The thought of giving back
> to the community whose structure and principles allowed great success was
> completely lost.
> Enough...my soapbox just turned over.
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 11/07/2003 9:07:17 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] news of the day
> >
> > > From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> > > > May we someday wake up and go for more renewable, cleaner, energy
> > sources!
> >
> > I'll second that!  However, I very much fear that money is what
> > drives things the world around and as long as those with vested
> > interests in keeping the status quo are the ones donating mammoth
> > sums to election campaigns, I can guarantee that renewable energy is
> > going to stay firmly in the rumble seat.  When you stop and think
> > about the vast network of businesses that depend on oil in some form
> > for their existence, you can see that the vested interests are large.
> >
> > Until some disaster occurs, this nation seems set on reaction instead
> > of proaction, and then seems to waste time, money and energy in
> > trying to point to fix responsibility on some entity - witness the
> > eastcoast black out this year -  (I guess so people can sue them)
> > instead of saying "Hello..it's time to do something about
> > this"...just too much power in the hands of a few extremely
> > short-sighted and profit-motivated persons.
> >
> > Now, I don't have anything against making a nice profit in business
> > (only wish we could manage that), but there is profit and there is
> > greed; today, greed is winning hands down.
> >
> > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > mtalt@hort.net
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