Monday, December 28, 2015

"Use of power saws — why not?"

The red-ink note shown above was written on the last page of a copy of 1971's A Layman and Wildlife and A Layman and Wilderness by Tom Messelt.

The copy once belonged to H.A. Streed of Whitefish, Montana, who put one of his return-address labels on the inside front cover. Whitefish is host of the annual Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, which includes a huckleberry dessert bake-off contest.

Huckleberry Days will next be held on August 12-14, 2016, if you want to mark that on the spiffy new calendar you just received for Christmas.

But I digress.

Here's the interesting transcript of that red-ink note at the back of A Layman and Wildlife and A Layman and Wilderness. (I'll forgo the ALL CAPS nature of the text.)
"They Call It Progress"
1. Gypsy crew trail mtce [maintenance?] — why not?
2. Use of power saws — why not?
3. The "fly in the ointment" is the true lack of experience. To gain this is hard work along with some personal initiative.
4. A degree bars no one from work.
5. Jobs are competitive, and the feeling of security for some hangs in balance.
6. The big problem in the big picture is just too many people.
7. "Chinaization" is something I never want to see again, never in this country. Still we have a good start in that direction.

— On Progress —
"Bigger isn't necessarily better and more can be less."
(an old adage)
Thoughts on any of this? I don't reckon we'll ever know the context of these notes, but they're certainly intriguing.

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