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Old Yesterday, 06:05 AM
 
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There were no good old days. My memories bring up a home where seven of us shared one bathroom until my father put in a second one. No ac in the house or in the car, the same 1955 Olds that made me carsick. I remember pointy playtex bras, life before pantyhose or tampons, I remember 3 TV stations, a clunky kitchen radio that zapped me a few times, my hard working dad replacing heavy wooden screens with heavier wood storm windows every fall and the reverse in the spring. I remember my mom standing for hours at the ironing board, life before the microwave, the Cuban Missle Crisis, the Cold War, polio and more. I wouldn't turn my clock back one day, let alone decades ago. Life is happening right now. Love it!
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Old Yesterday, 06:23 AM
 
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All i can say is if was really that great - it would have stayed that way.

So it really wasn't.
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Old Yesterday, 06:25 AM
 
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I donít think so. We had Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez, please good what he did, it was horrible. I was frightened when I was working second shift. I have not been frightened since.
And that man that bombed and burned that school full of kids back in the 1890s or so.

Public hangings of people that were of a different race - yep the good old days.
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Old Yesterday, 06:28 AM
 
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Not much has changed during my lifetime, itís now more publicized and instantly available nationwide. Parents knew what neighbor to trust and whom to keep children away from. Not many young girls that did not encounter some pervert during their young life's, but it was not talked about.

The shooting is not by mentally ill people, they are by your brothers and uncles. They are the result of a frightening American society afraid of the bogeyman, not realizing we are the bogeyman. We arm our self because everyone else is armed. I donít fear the burglar, I fear the law-abiding citizen who is itching to be a hero.

Thank you, NRA for making this such a wonderful and safe place to live.
yep - the old perverts. We have them here in our town. They still walk amongst us.

People just whisper about them. I'm glad younger folks speak out now. What i hate is that the older folks don't want to believe them.
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Old Yesterday, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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As Ragnar said in Vikings...."Don't look back, we're not going that way."
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Old Yesterday, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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To me, the biggest difference is that we're overwhelmed with constant information.

If something happened in town in the 1970s, it would make the local newspaper and local news. You'd get your news at defined times of the day or in defined ways that kept you from being so overwhelmed and made it easier to process. Today, news comes in at all times between

A teacher might be fooling around with a student. It might make the local paper, if that. Today, you get stories of this type from all around the country. Regardless of whether or not it's more common today, it's definitely in the news more, and the perception is of more crime and "bad things."

Overall, crime has considerably declined over the last few decades.
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Old Yesterday, 06:50 AM
 
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And that man that bombed and burned that school full of kids back in the 1890s or so.

Public hangings of people that were of a different race - yep the good old days.
1890s? Why not go back and talk about burning people at the stake in the middle ages, LOL Of course you can go back and find horrible things happening and horrible people during every decade and every century.
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Old Yesterday, 07:02 AM
 
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1890s? Why not go back and talk about burning people at the stake in the middle ages, LOL Of course you can go back and find horrible things happening and horrible people during every decade and every century.
this one targeted kids in a school
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Old Yesterday, 07:34 AM
 
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A couple of thoughts -

There was a greater sense of community -- children played outdoors together; walked to school together; going to parks, library, riding bikes. There is now community around organized sports but it's not the relaxed, fun atmosphere where kids made the rules and parents generally supported each other.

Internet -- Because of the internet, children/teens know too much, too soon and act on it inappropriately. I knew very little about sex, pornography/child porn, etc. so it was a more sheltered evironment. Probably less envy as I don't recall being aware of how modest our lifestyle was, nothing to compare it to other than immediate neighborhood.

Negatives --

Social unrest and turnmoil on the news -- protests, conflicts with authorities, tear gas, viet nam war photos, war MIA's, body counts. Didn't quite understand it and found it frightening.

Teen pregnancies - girls getting pregnant because so little discussion about sex and lack of birth control.

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Old Yesterday, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A couple of thoughts -

There was a greater sense of community -- children played outdoors together; walked to school together; going to parks, library, riding bikes. There is now community around organized sports but it's not the relaxed, fun atmosphere where kids made the rules and parents generally supported each other.

Internet -- Because of the internet, children/teens know too much, too soon and act on it inappropriately. I knew very little about sex, pornography, etc. so it was a more sheltered evironment. Probably less envy as I don't recall being aware of how modest our lifestyle was, nothing to compare it to other than immediate neighborhood.

Negatives --

Social unrest and turnmoil on the news -- protests, conflicts with authorities, tear gas, viet nam war photos, war death counts. Didn't quite understand it and found it frightening.

Teen pregnancies - girls getting pregnant because so little discussion about sex and lack of birth control.
The flip side of the internet is think what that cell phone which you hold in your hand can do.

I don't think kids should be given unfettered access to the internet. With that said, I came of age as the internet was becoming commercialized - the whole "you got mail!" era.

I'm from a small town in Tennessee and grew up relatively sheltered. The internet exposed me to a lot of ways of thinking, music, etc., that I would never have had access to. I was a bit of a misfit and my childhood was made much, much better by finding similar people on the internet.
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