Alfredisms

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Norris AlfredThe Polk Progress was a Nebraska treasure that ceased publication in late 1989 after 82 years as a weekly newspaper. From 1955 until its last issue, the editor and publisher was the late Norris Alfred. In its last few months, the Progress had 900 subscribers in 45 states. Alfred was a remarkable Nebraskan with an uncanny eye for connecting the present with the future. Prairie Fire has collaborated with the Alfred family, the University of Nebraska School of Journalism and the Nebraska State Historical Society to locate and archive many of Norris's writings. We are capitalizing on our good fortune to present many of the Norris Alfred writings to our readership. We believe that his observations are as fresh and relevant to today's world as they were when originally written. March 28, 1974
“Sundry Comment and a Protesting Letter”
There is much to ridicule about a lifestyle based on affluence. Trading stamps is one item. We suspect future historians will view the idea of trading stamps with skepticism and hilarity. They may even wonder about advertising. A future world of people, who will long have been conditioned to doing with less, may also read about life in the 20th century and wonder at our greed: “They had so much. Why couldn’t some of it have been saved?” Whatever is possible and profitable is permissible. This exuberant view fails to consider the limitations. How short must supply be before throwaways will be illegal? The landscape is littered with beer cans and beer bottles; soft drink cans and bottles; paper products, including newspapers; car bodies dumped in gullies; and discarded farm machinery rusting under trees. We demand new and discard the old. The pious pronouncements by the National Brewers Association, in television commercials, asking people not to littler is cynical rhetoric. If the association were honestly concerned about littering, it would be agitating for returnable containers only for beer… Conserve and share, conserve and share - this is the message from shortages. The poor have always known about, and lived with, shortages. The affluent never have had to do without. Now scarcity is here and, according to knowledgeable people, will be a condition of the foreseeable future. Conservation is a must and sharing is the response of truly civilized people.

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