Feb. 2, 1992
Feb. 1, 1992, was a warm day with a top temperature of 65 degrees and enjoyed by everyone in Polk, including me. It was definitely sweater weather but not quite open-door temperature. Warm weather in February generates warm thoughts and, maybe, concern about the possibility of global warming—greenhouse effect —because 65 degrees of heat in February means temperatures steadily above 100 in August. Philip Heckman, former president of Doane College and now head of the Lincoln Foundation, told me about a conversation he had with a person who had spent his life studying the planet earth. Phil mentioned his concerns about the deteriorating environment and how our political leaders are paying little attention to cleaning it up. He predicted disaster in the next decade if more attention isn’t devoted to correcting our polluting ways. This knowledgeable conversationalist responded with: “Oh no! The planet is beginning to improve its environment and will continue to be more livable for the next 150,000 years. There’s a 300,000-year cycle the planet goes through…” Philip realized they were talking in two different time frames. He was in today’s and his conversationalist was in the far future.