There’s heavy weather in the economic forecast in the U.S. for both coasts and the middle. How will we handle it? On a personal level, I’ve waited weeks for a rainy day to catch up on indoor chores, and we got almost two inches in the last 24 hours in Vermont.

I began by reading some back issues of the local paper, The Addison Independent, and found a guest editorial by Emersen Lynn Jr. of the Iola Register (Kansas). It reminded me of the blog posted here, Walking Across Afghanistan, that suggested our elected officials do what 91% of the Swiss Parliament now does, according to Lynn, walk or use public transportation to commute.

Sure that’s Switzerland where the streets are narrow, where gasoline taxes make cars less attractive, and where there is a pledge to reduce carbon emissions. Lynn Jr., goes on to say that the reduction in car ownership and increased commuting by public transport, bicycles and walking is not a predictor of what American cities will move toward. However, don’t most of our urban areas also suffer from too much traffic? Air pollution in Salt Lake City is so bad that it prevents little kids from going to pre-school programs too many days of the year. How expensive does gasoline have to be to curtail car ownership and use? What American doesn’t need a way to insure regular physical exercise for improved appearance and outlook?

The problems facing the well-to-do European democracies seem more similar to ours than different. When circumstances are forcing us to take stock of what resources remain for us to apply in solving our mutual problems, let’s believe that we can change.  Let’s support legislation that encourages us to re-discover a slower pace and more conscious way of life. There’s money to be saved on this route.