Keeping up with fast company getting harder

It has taken a while for us to become accustomed to the new speed limits that have gone into effect on many of our regularly traveled roadways. It’s  a few miles and several vehicles passing us before we’re reminded of that new posted five mile per hour increase.
However, it also seemed that the majority of drivers for several years had already been operating approximately five miles per hour above the “old” posted limits. Which now means instead of 55-65 or 75 mph, many drivers have upped their traveling speeds up to 60, 70 or 80 mph, or five miles over the posted limits.
We must admit it’s tough to stay at the posted limits when on long road trips. The foot tends to get heavier the closer we get to our destination. Our own safety concerns come into effect when South Dakota’s interstate roadways are posted at 80 mph. Simply put, at our age we just can’t handle “fast company” whether it’s on a roadway, or a late evening.
Many times we have to smile when a bumper sticker on a car ahead of us catches our eye. Just a few stickers that have stuck with us:
I souport publikk edekashun.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
Forget about world peace . . . visualize using your turn signal.
Real women don’t have hot flashes, they have power surges.
A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.
There are three kinds of people: those who can count and those who can’t.
Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.
Those of us who have grown up and live in the Midwest all feel we are lucky. The roots of good old Midwest family values and just plain common sense have surrounded us. It seems those values get lost outside of the Midwest. Our observation was reinforced recently when we read of the retirement of a longtime Department of Natural Resources head who over the years had soothed over many critics of new department issues. Comments made by others cited him for his service and all stressed it was his rural sensibilities because “He grew up close to the land and people respected him.”
It’s too bad we don’t have more people with rural sensibilities serving on a national level.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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