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Recycling beverage containers

‘Pepsi Cola hits the spot, 12 full ounces that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.’

 

This little jingle from the1930s sounds quaint today. As recently as the 1950s, Pepsi, Coke and other carbonated soft drinks typically sold in grocery stores and coin-operated vending machines for just 5 cents; if you returned the bottle, and most people did, you would get 2 cents back, meaning your drink itself cost only 3 cents! 

Lord Byron’s 1816 Alps revisited

Educational priorities and town budgets

The importance of recycling beverage containers

“Pepsi-Cola hits the spot, twelve full ounces that’s a lot, 

twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you.” 

 

This little jingle from the1930s sounds quaint today. As recently as the 1950s, Pepsi, Coke and other carbonated soft drinks typically sold in grocery stores and coin-operated vending machines for just 5 cents; if you returned the bottle, and most people did, you would get 2 cents back, meaning your drink itself cost only three cents! 

A few environmental New Year’s resolutions

In the Northwest Corner, we are blessed with unusually favorable surroundings; still, the overall environment of the planet is deteriorating fast. Our politicians are not doing enough to halt the damage. And the most significant modifications needed to slow environmental degradation, especially climate change, need to be made by governments at the national and international scale. But individual efforts, if done by a large enough number of people, add up and can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions for Lakeville Journal readers.

Deep-six Trump’s wall

An extremely hostile gesture toward Hispanic people on both sides of the border, President Trump’s proposed border wall is also an ineffective way of reducing unwanted migrants and goods from entering our country and a colossal waste of money. Even though the scope of the project has been scaled back, cost estimates keep increasing and Trump’s own estimates have grown from less than $10 billion dollars to a current budget demand of $25 billion; and this would only be an initial down payment.

Supersonic jets and hydrogen-powered trains

I remember when I met the president …

On July 18, 1994, I attended a baseball game at then Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Considered one of the most handicapped accessible at the time, the newly constructed stadium had opened three months earlier and just shy of four years after the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. I had traveled to Ohio with my stepfather and was eager to experience the wheelchair friendly ballpark.

Let’s deep-six Trump’s wall

An extremely hostile gesture toward Hispanic people on both sides of the border, President Trump’s proposed border wall is also an ineffective way of reducing unwanted migrants and goods from entering our country and a colossal waste of money. Even though the scope of the project has been scaled back, cost estimates keep increasing and Trump’s own estimates have grown from less than $10 billion dollars to a current budget demand of $25 billion; and this would only be an initial down payment.

China’s tormented Uyghurs: A backward glance

More than eight centuries have passed since Kubilay Khan approved of a response to a proposal by France’s king, Philip IV, that Christians and Mongols should join forces to drive the Muslims out of Palestine and defeat their forces in Egypt. The letter began: “We agree to your proposition,” and it went on to declare: “If, by the authority of heaven, We conquer these people, We shall give you Jerusalem.”