Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Wow! What a rain and other musings

Just for fun!, Unintended consequences, Water

It has been a while since we had a rain like this morning's. Guess I won't be gardening today. But that is OK, we needed the rain.

If you have ever been on a private well, rainy days don't always get you down. Remember the drought of 1988? (I remember the year because I was pregnant.) It did not rain all summer it seemed. Because we were worried about our well going dry, no one had to tell us to conserve water. We did not go on our usual summer camping trip but delayed until Sept. Often we joke we were the drought busters that summer because while camping, it rained so hard it collapsed our tent! (Oh, that was fun.) But the drought was over and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

The rain this morning got me to thinking about how too little rain isn't good for people on wells, but too much rain isn't good either.  We used to be on a septic system when we moved here in 1986. Sometime between moving in and getting sewer, there was a year that was too rainy. We did laundry, dishes, showers, and even flushing sparingly. Again, conservation was the key to surviving our too high water level. No one had to tell us to do that--it was in our best interest to do it.

As I thought about the too little/too much rain and how both prompted water conservation in our household, I started thinking about how the more conveniences and services we have, the more wasteful we become.

Think about all the food we waste in our culture. One of my in-laws says she never takes home or saves leftovers. I must have looked rather shocked when she said that. She explained she never eats them and just throws them away anyway, so why save them?

That would never happen if a person had to grow and preserve their own food. When you do that, you are invested! It takes a lot of time and effort to grow and can, dry, or freeze your bounty. In my early married years I did this. Trust me, you don't waste a thing!

What about heating and lighting? Back when people chopped their own wood and dipped their own candles, nobody had to tell them to turn their thermostats down! You heated only to the necessary point. Often people went to bed shortly after dark. (I don't want to go back to that era.) 

It is just human nature. The more we have--the easier it is, the more we don't appreciate it and the more we waste. This concept applies to other things too.

How about health care? This is an issue in the presidential campaign. Should we provide Government health care to all that covers everything or look at ways to increase market forces and personal accountability? 

What about providing a college education? Would a student be more diligent and careful about class selection if they were paying themselves or if the government was paying? 

The more we have done for us, the less accountable we become.

Well, that is enough early morning musing for one day.


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