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Beware: Technology invades our privacy

Ross L. Talbott
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Ross Talbott
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These are incredible times we live in. The technology has increased at an incredible rate and continues to do so.

My father, just one generation back, was farming with horses over in Eckert and running cattle on Grand Mesa.

He told me about the first truck in town, which was so amazing because it could haul twice what a team and wagon could.

When I was in high school, our idea of a senior trip was to travel all the way from Palisade to Glenwood Springs. The Hot Springs Pool had a fountain in the west end and an old slick log we used to try to ride on.

One time we dived down in the deep end and pulled the tiles off the bottom and built a huge underwater castle.

I remember television coming to Palisade when I was in high school.

One black and white channel.

In fact, when I moved to New Castle I had to join the television translator organization.

We had a one channel translator on Coal Ridge, which gave us KREX out of Grand Junction.

Also Bob and Julia Woods, my neighbors, drove to town once a month with their team and wagon to get groceries.

When I was New Castle fire chief, we ran the department on $300 per year.

Our ambulance was an old Packard, and we financed it with a weekly bingo game.

Gasoline was 23 cents per gallon, and diesel was 11 cents per gallon delivered to the ranch.

I remember the old locomotives, especially the Mallet with eight drive wheels.

I loved to hear the whistle echo down Plateau Canyon.

I could go on for many pages with stories of the recent past.

Transportation has changed incredibly. Now we think nothing of running to Grand Junction in an air-conditioned car with radio and, in some cases, television.

I got up in Wildflecken, Germany, ate breakfast then drove to Frankfurt, got on an airplane and headed for the U.S. I sat on my father’s deck in Palisade and watched the sun go down that evening, the same day.

Consider the cell phone in your pocket and the incredible number of functions.

On the computer, my grandchildren have face-to-face conversations with friends in China.

Along with all this incredible technology has come an incredible intrusion into our private lives.

The federal government is controlling our education, our health care, what we buy, travel restrictions, ammunition supply and what’s on television.

Many areas of our lives require licenses and permits.

Remember when you could buy and own a gun at your discretion?

Remember when the doctor came to your house?

How about when the school was run by a school board made up of parents?

Or when the PTA made decisions about curriculum, playground equipment and all related items?

I think we did all right without sex education or classes on Islam.

Prayer in school was common.

I have a 1948 booklet put out by the public school superintendent that has the Ten Commandments, a poem titled “Willing Service for Christ” and an article about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Can you imagine the uproar if that booklet was discovered in public schools today?

Not only is the new technology allowing the governing entities to dictate many facets of our lives, but it is flooding us with so much information, much of it contradictory, that we don’t know what to believe.

What is going on when bottled water costs much more than gasoline?

What’s the deal when the interest on your savings is less than inflation? Someone is stealing your money.

There is a verse in the Bible that says, “In the last days knowledge will increase.”

Or how about the verse that says, “They will call good evil and evil good”?

Or how about the one that says, “There will be wars and rumors of wars”?

Signs in the heavens also play a large part in prophecy.

How about a lunar eclipse on the Jewish feast of Tabernacles?

What’s in your future?

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.


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