Communication, smoking have changed a lot

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 04:41 PM.

Laughing at myself, I remembered neither my maternal nor paternal grandmother drove. Ever.

Now I’m married to a grandmother. She drives. Know a woman today under 65 who doesn’t? In just two generations, a near reversal occurred.

Here’s another. Less than 50 years ago, tobacco was king. A federal educational campaign then warned of marijuana’s evils. "A good girl until she lights a reefer." "Sin. Debauchery. Insanity. Smoke of Hell."

Today, tobacco’s the devil. Marijuana? Cool. Now. Edgy. Moving toward legality. A massive change in just two generations.

The only sure thing? Change. And it’s accelerating pace.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at 

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