Spring being just around the corner, it’s time to find some open space on my desk by getting rid of some of the editorial material accumulating there, awaiting use. Such as:

The internet is full of social changes “proven” by overworked but not always scientific polls. For instance, I learned that most senior men like me continue to use bar soap at the bathroom sink instead of the squirt-on kind. It’s the younger set that prefers the latter. 

Also--An item from the Census Bureau said that in 1975, three in four 30-year-olds had married, had a child, were not enrolled in school and lived on their own. In 2015, just one in three had these characteristics. So, is this what we mean about the good old days? Maybe for grandparents who are still sheltering their children or taking care of grandchildren.

However, there are more young adults today with high school diplomas and in the labor force than there were 40 years go, although less with moderate income and home ownership among them. Should we blame this on the Republicans, the Democrats, international trade agreements, automation on the factory floor, climate change or all of them?

From a 1908 Champion, page 1: Last summer one of the popular young salesmen in one of the mercantile establishments in this city found the name and address of a Los Angeles girl in a barrel of crackers. Correspondence immediately began and after a few letters had been exchanged, a date of meeting was arranged, and one bright Sunday morning the handsome young man was not in the least disappointed with his new friend. His many Chino acquaintances are wondering what the outcome of the romance will be. 

Who needs Facebook when you have a barrel of crackers?

From High School Notes in the same issue: The Junior class is working on Senior Latin composition and taking up Ovid as a preparatory step toward Virgil next year. As most of the class are more or less musical, they will set some of the verses to music.

In retrospect, I wonder if algebra will go the same way Latin has. Too much student time being spent on a subject not pertinent to enough people, but heavily protected by educators with something invested in it. There should be a more efficient way to teach our kids how to reason things out.

 Just as we look at high school Latin as the product of a by-gone age, how far back do we go to “correct” for past conduct that is now considered inappropriate. I'm thinking of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, whose participation in a blackface and KKK depiction in his college yearbook has come back to haunt him.  In a 1909 Champion we learn that a Chino high school performance of “the Unexpected Guest” featured a double quartet of “colored people” who made quite a hit, and their makeup was found very funny.

These people, children and audiences, were from some highly respected local families. Should we condemn them or just appreciate that changing times have given us a clearer picture of why we can no longer condone such conduct which was a part of their culture as was the horse and buggy and outhouses. 

What’s the hurry—

Customers’ need for speed and convenience are driving the changes in movie theaters, according to the vice-president of dine-in operations for AMC Theaters. “A lot of us are time-compressed. We don’t have enough time to do all the things we want to do.” 

Time compressors: cell phones, e-mails, web searching, commuting, helping with kids’ piled up homework assigned by time-compressed teachers who claim to have more to teach than the standard school day allows, time consuming meetings that establish the importance of one’s standing, etc. All a dominating part of our society since “the good old days.”

Things I’ve been wondering about: 

Isn’t it time we stopped electing county sheriffs? An appalling number have been turning out to be unsuitable for the job, yet their elected roles are protected by the California constitution. Police chiefs are appointed by city councils. Sheriff’s should be appointed by the elected county board of supervisors, who would then be responsible for their conduct.

What’s the matter with highly paid basketball players that can’t hit free throws? Has anybody figured up how many games they’ve lost because they can’t exhibit a basic talent?

Where has the press been until now about the injustice of asset seizures for suspected drug offences, without due process.  Like people buying the way of their kids into college, it’s a situation that’s been obscure up to now.  Why did                                                                                                                       we have to wait for the Supreme Court to rule that the Eighth Amendment supersedes state laws allowing them? Had it been the First Amendment at issue the media would have jumped all over it earlier.

Now I can see a piece of my desktop, but probably not for long.

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