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Old 08-14-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.

There's not a problem in America today; crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency... that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.

People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride.

That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes, but it's worth it, if at the end there is a home...a loving spouse, happy kids and a dog.

We wouldn't have nearly as much trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along.

There was less crime in our streets before they were paved. Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to rob or rape if they knew they'd be welcomed by five barking dogs and a double barrel shotgun.

And there were no drive by shootings.

Our values were better when our roads were worse!

People did not worship their cars more than their kids, and motorists were more courteous, they didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with rocks.

Dirt Roads taught patience.

Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly, you didn't hop in your car for a quart of milk; you walked to the barn for your milk.

For your mail, you walked to the mail box.

What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out?

That was the best part, because then you stayed home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony rode on Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody.

At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap.

Most paved roads lead to trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole.

At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we even locked our car was in August, because if we didn't some neighbor would fill it with too much zucchini.

At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income, from when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them out. Usually you got a dollar...always you got a new friend... at the end of a Dirt Road.
-Paul Harvey

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Old 08-14-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
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Thank you for posting that Alix.......I sure like Paul Harvey....always tells the truth.....
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Old 08-14-2005, 04:11 PM   #3
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oh alix i like that ! thank you for posting it.
reminds me of life in the country. the good
old days.
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Old 08-14-2005, 08:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting this Alix! It brings back some great memories - and some deep longings for those days.
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Old 08-14-2005, 10:43 PM   #5
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Alix, thank you so much for posting this. I've saved it and printed it out.

We live in a town where all the roads are dirt except two main streets. No traffic lights; not many stop signs. It is amazing to us how new folks move to town and immediately want to change things. Paving the streets is one of those things they want to change. I just might put this in the local paper!
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:32 AM   #6
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You are very welcome callie. Just remember to credit Paul Harvey, they are his words.

I really liked this one too. Thought it brought to mind simpler times.
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:23 PM   #7
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Sounds like a good life to me.
Thanks!
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Im so lucky! l live on a dirt road, its 45 miles of pavement from town with nothing on that road no houses no gas stations no nothing then its another 6 miles of dirt road to get to my house.The only down side is my house gets dusty really fast and when it rains there is alot of mud but its amazing how well you get used to it.Nobody here has to lock their house or cars.No sirens etc.
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