Harkens back to a ‘cliff’ of a very different kind

To the editor:

In 1954, in this neck of the woods outside Karns City, Pa., we experienced an economic (financial) cliff, which most of us tried to avoid, it had characteristics such as: Automobiles began to be sold with big engines and they wasted fuel, media advertising encouraged the young people and government to borrow more money and pay more interest, appraised value of real estate was inflated to back the dollar since we were in the process of leaving the gold standard.

U.S. senators and representatives, no matter whether Republican or Democrat, began to disagree more and pass legislation at a slower and slower rate. This is now at epidemic condition.

Poultry scientists studying embryology began to copy the behavior of the embryo and its behavior in adapting to stress. Some of us believe humans should behave like the embryo in adapting to stress. For example, if cigarette smoke is puffed into a hatcher full of embryos, the embryos began to move inside the chicken egg at a faster rate to cope with the smoke. As toxic pollution increases in our environment, increased activity allows animals or humans to cope with the toxin.

Herbert Jordan