We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ditto. It is my daily fix. I enjoy most of the commentary and it is good to hear different opinions. I also enjoy reading about the various trips and interesting things that are hosts do. When I read about one of the trips I immediately look up the locations and things to do and check the various travel agencies for prices and availability. Covid has kept me from a lot of traveling in the last couple of years but I hope to break out of that malaise in 2023 and get my groove back. Thanks for all you do.
The bottled water market is not primarily individual-bottles at convenience stores, the 4000% markup is not normal in a statistical sense.
Tap water being "safe to drink" is also not the whole story:
• The taste of their beverage is surprisingly important to people
• My town's federally mandated water safety report specifically notes that the level of sodium in the water is below below regulatory limits yet also in excess of what is recommended for individuals medically required to restrict sodium from their diet.
We know that US use of single-use plastics is inconsequential in the problem of plastic-bottle waste in oceans. It really is from waste management practices in other regions of the world.
I don't understand bottled water. I can't think of a single reason it's better than a jug of tap, except for people going into disaster areas. Even then, bringing in multiple gallon jugs is more efficient.
Like you, my folks have hard well water. They have small water purification system under their kitchen sink that comes out of a separate tap just for drinking, cooking, etc. Works well, cheaper than a whole house system and less lugging than big bottles, just sayin'.
I live in the SouthWest. Everyone buys bottled water. I use filtered water for coffee, cooking and home consumption. But I take a bottle of water with me whenever I go anywhere. Go to the mall; get a bottle of water out of the fridge. Go on a hike; get 2-4 bottles of water out of the fridge. I also keep 12 bottles of water in each of our cars. You can't have too much water in the desert. When I lived up North I never bought bottled water. But in the desert it is essential. I also use reusable canteens when practical but that doesn't change the need for the bottled water.
Recapturing higher education .... More please. There is no reason that every red state government shouldn't institute the same policy. Strip the state higher education committees of any power to interfere and set up a university that features classical studies and useful majors in the STEM fields.