‘What’s this world coming to?’ phrase sounds familiar

“What’s this world coming to?”
That’s the exclamation my grandmother made frequently when I was a youngster as she read the newspaper or was watching the television. Upon hearing her comment I would smile and then go on my way never giving much thought to her remark. Now I catch myself repeating the line, “What is this world coming to?” and seriously believing the same statement.
My concerns seem to center not as much on the “world,” but our nation, our state and even our own individual actions. There’s not much need to outline all the actions going on in Washington DC, because most all of us for years have questioned what is going on there. However, state actions outside Washington DC have aroused my curiosity.
For instance, some criminals in California have been allowed to upgrade their cells by opting to pay an extra fee for better amenities. It seems if you are in the “slammer” for a serious crime the penalties and confines should be the same for all prisoners whether they are wealthy or not.
Remember when in schools we once had only fire drills? Now drills against terrorism are common.
Much has been said nationwide about states abolishing the death penalty. In Nebraska it appears to be a waste of time to continue with the law. In the last 58 years more death row inmates have died of natural causes (6) than capital punishment (3). No one has been executed in the past 20 years.
Now the viewpoint to solve overcrowding in prisons is to lower the penalties for many current violations, such as illegal drug sales and usage, thus avoiding imprisonment.
Of course on a lighter note we can witness what this world has come to when we review many “serious scientific studies.” Did you know that the state of Minnesota holds the ranking of first place nationally for the fattest dogs and cats? Yep, 41 percent of dogs and 46 percent of cats are overweight. Not to be left out of the study we find Nebraska is second with 39 percent of fat dogs and 43 percent of fat cats.
Surprisingly the study also suggests diet was the major cause and you can tell if your pet is overweight when you can’t feel his ribs or see a waistline.
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If necessity is the mother of invention, who is the father?
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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