Opinions & Editorial Hands Across State Lines I’m Conflicted—are You?
Recently my husband and I were in route to the Grand Canyon when we had a flat tire on Hwy 60, 3 miles from the Arizona border. We got out a key that fits on an antitheft lug nut. This lug nut had been stripped, apparently when the tires had been rotated. We are assuming that an impact wrench had been used too tightly. With no cell phone service, we were unable to call AAA. We were delighted when two kind men, Jerry and Joe, stopped on their motorcycles to assist us, but to no avail. They took all of the AAA information and assured us that they would not abandon us as they left for Springerville. While they were gone an air conditioning man with his son and an employee stopped to see if they could help. They had phone reception so they allowed us to call AAA to verify that help was on the way. The response was that the serviceman had to come from NM not Arizona. Finally, when he arrived, he tried to take the tire off but with no air tools he could not help.
After three other cars with kind people offering to help, Joe and Jerry returned. As my husband loaded all our luggage and golf clubs back into the trunk, a rattlesnake was underneath a pack of diet cokes. We are very thankful that the snake did not strike. Jerry and Joe then transported my husband to Springerville to obtain Alan with a wrecker service to haul our car to a tire company. Alan not only transported the car, but took us to motel #1 which had no vacancies then to motel #2. He made sure that we had accommodations and helped us unload our luggage. At the motel, Cheyenne was very pleasant and assisted us to our room, making certain that we were going to be comfortable. The next morning, Jerry called to make sure that we had a ride to the tire store. Geraldine, an employee of the motel, had volunteered to take us in her personal car. After a tire replacement, we continued to the Grand Canyon. It was an awesome experience. On our return, we knew where we wanted to have dinner and to spend the night… Springerville! What a great community of super kind, caring and considerate folks. We will definitely “pass it forward.” Our many thanks to everyone we encountered. God bless all of you.
(ED. Sometimes it takes more than a single village when folks are stranded near state lines.)
I like to think that I am environmentally conscience and do my part to help protect our resources and wildlife. However, I also enjoy electricity, hydrocarbon fuels, automobiles, modern appliances and all the amenities we have access to. So how do I reconcile wanting to save resources and using them at the same time?
I know a lot of environmentalist thinks that mankind is the scourge of the earth and that is what is putting our natural resources at risk. They also believe that we need to lock up those resources and eliminate or severely limit the number of people on this earth. I think those people need to remove themselves from the gene pool.
Part of the answer to protecting the environment and reaping the benefits that it has to offer is sustainable use, limited growth, think green and smart growth. So how do we do that in this globalist driven world, when money is the driving force? It seems that protecting the environment or using resources is either all or nothing. The extremist on both sides get all the press. Is there a balance point that can make both sides less vehement?
I guess reasonable people from both camps could come together with reasonable solutions. However, it seems that the definition of reasonable cannot be defined in the same terms. My reasonable solution is more reasonable than yours.