As I watched the Super Bowl halftime show this year, my father leaned over and asked, "Do you think they celebrated things this way during the Great Depression in the 1930s?" Fireworks, light shows, and a concert with Bruce Springsteen raged on during Super Bowl 43's halftime show.
When I opened up the Herald on Feb. 14, the headline read, "Senate, House Pass Stimulus Package". The first line of the story described that this stimulus package would be "... combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." The story directly below this one was headlined, "Durango High wants artificial football turf" with the price tag of $1 million. And I want a hot air balloon to land in my backyard with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion and the Tin Man - oh, and Toto, too!
People, we are in the worst financial debacle since the Great Depression. Why is it that we have twisted our minds so badly, skewed our thinking so far from reality that we cannot stop asking for more material things in our lives?
Now is the time to be fiscally responsible and stop asking our government for things that are not absolutely necessary. Money doesn't grow on trees - just on the printing press from the Federal Reserve.
I would love to see the high school football team playing on artificial turf. It would be great to not have to scrub mud and grass stains out of the uniforms weekly. The maintenance costs of the grass field would be decreased, but I'm guessing not by more than $1 million - at least not during the next 10 years that it will take for our country to get back on its feet financially.
So, let's all try to get by with a little less and stop asking for more, more, more. It's just the right thing to do.
Kristen Anderson, Durango