• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Opening Arguments

In and out

Having solved all other problems, the White House is now going help Americans reconnect to "the great outdoors," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other administration officials:

"It's really about getting people to think about the great outdoors again, and recognize what a tremendous asset it is to our country," Vilsack said in an interview.

American children are spending half as much time outside as their parents did, according to the Interior Department . . .

I love the outdoors, but, come on, it has its limits. That's why we invented "indoors." Outdoors has bugs and heat and cold and wind and puddles and snarling dogs and sunburn and dust storms and lightning and traffic jams and people you don't even know much less care to enteract with. Indoors has heat and air conditioning at our command, TV, computers, carpet, bathrooms, soft lighting, beds and nobody we didn't invite in.


Bob G.
Fri, 04/16/2010 - 12:41pm

I'm leaning in your favor on this one...

We invented the great INDOORS when we found out it became a lot less safe to venture down the street in our own microcosmic "great outdoors".

Maybe that's also why American children spend MORE time inside...'ya think?

And I'm REALLY climbing out on a limb here, but I "believe" that kids in RURAL areas are more prone to be required to do "chores" which almost invariably have them OUTDOORS to a greater degree than city kids.

Never saw really portly people behind those plow horses...have you?