The price of milk became an issue as one year turned into another. Two of the factors involved were political: the “cliff” and the almost defunct farm program. The glass of goodness won’t double in price, but what got little publicity were the words of dairy farmers telling the public that the price they are getting for their product is no longer covering costs. What Congress does won’t make any difference if dairy farmers decide to throw in the towel. Just like the car makers, they need to show a profit to preserve the industry. You question my calling dairying an industry? Think about it. Milk is as much a staple as gas and oil.
In 1979 a gallon of milk cost $1.50. By 2005 the price had risen to $3.21 a gallon. During that same time period the cost of a new home jumped from $73,327 to $264,540 dollars. In 1979 a loaf of bread averaged forty cents. The biggest difference in all these matters is not the prices. It is the fact that we are bombarded day and night by the media’s need to “stir up, to sensationalize” rather than objectively report.
One of my prize possessions is a shaving cup with the name H.B. Lizer embossed in gold letters. I got it at an auction years ago, not realizing at the time its significance. Lizer purchased the Progress Review in 1904. He was also superintendant of the local school at one time. I’m pretty sure Lizer would have been a no-nonsense editor. One of those men who did not hesitate to remind you that personal opinion had no place in a news report. “Just the facts Ma’am” was a line used long before it became identified with Jack Webb.
In today’s world, where communication has become incessant, we need to know when it is break time. The brain needs quiet space from time to time to function. Shut everything off and look at the snow. Dim the lights and count the stars. The Wise Men traveled in January. There was political unrest in their day too.