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Warning: Danger ahead

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

What are we to make of the current economic conditions facing our country and possibly the world? Day to day we read and hear conflicting information. One day it appears the economy, while not fully recovering, is slowly improving while we chug along to better days and the next day it appears we could be heading for economic disaster and total collapse.

I’m no economist, but I am an optimist and the optimist in all of us wants to believe that an economic recovery is both real and on the near horizon — that our elected officials and corporate-appointed economic gurus have our best interest in mind. After all, the next big boom could be just around the corner with a breakthrough in energy, hardware, software, nanotechnology, genetics or a major medical health cure for cancer or the common cold. We just need the reassuring green light from some higher authority.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that the massive debt and our credit issues will one day have to be reckoned with and brought under control. If we don’t proactively adjust our spending and sense of value to a more realistic scope, the force of the market will do it for us, and may crush more than our economy in the process.

So what do we as average citizens do? Should we be hiding plastic bags full of cash or precious metals such as gold or silver under the porch to provide a financial safety net or should we be hording canned and dried food goods in the basement and planting a survival garden to insure our food supply? How do we responsibly go about our lives today while preparing for what’s to come tomorrow? By some reports many Americans are doing these things and more. They are called “preppers,” and we are told their numbers are growing. This movement has become so popular that there are now even television shows being filmed about “preppers.”  The most popular is probably “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. But is that really the best solution at this stage?

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com

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