Letter to the Editor

Learning about life

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

There's all kinds of things we can learn about life, from so many sources these days. The people who print "Our Iowa" magazine did a story on baseball recently. Part of their focus was the Field of Dreams, in Dyersville. They also singled out Bob "Rapid Robert" Feller, the Van Meter fast baller who is said to have noted: "That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." How true. We all have the same 168 per week, but it is up to us as individuals as to how we will spend those hours. An overemphasis on negativity can make for a sour Sam or Sally. Adopting the right attitude about what comes our way seems to be the key. The only thing you can change sometimes is your attitude, and when you do, it usually helps!

An unfortunate statistic I was made aware of involves the three main killers of teen drivers. In order of lethality, they are speed, alcohol and distracted driving. The acronym is SAD. And it truly is "sad," when you think about it. All three killers are under the control of the driver. If you have a teenage driver in your home, please take the time to speak to them about this. With summer now upon us, teen drivers are out in force. Too often they think they are invincible. Bad things happen to the other guy. Wrong! Highway deaths are equal opportunity events. The old cautions still make sense. Driving is a full-time job don't multitask! Both hands on the wheel. Arrive alive. It just makes good sense.

Bill Kersting, Spencer