Remember, “It’s Howdy Doody Time,” Cowboy Bob and Clarabelle the clown? How about Gunsmoke and Bonanza? Who could forget Annette on the Mickey Mouse Club? I liked Darlene. Every guy in America wanted to date Annette so I figured I had a chance with Darlene. Oh-yea. Then there was Roy Rogers. I loved Roy, Dale, Pat, Trigger, and of course Nellybell the Jeep. (I liked Darlene more). I Love Lucy took America by storm and is still seen daily on one of over 200 channels. We only had 3.
Remember, “It’s Howdy Doody Time,” Cowboy Bob and Clarabelle the clown? How about Gunsmoke and Bonanza? Who could forget Annette on the Mickey Mouse Club? I liked Darlene. Every guy in America wanted to date Annette so I figured I had a chance with Darlene. Oh-yea. Then there was Roy Rogers. I loved Roy, Dale, Pat, Trigger, and of course Nellybell the Jeep. (I liked Darlene more). I Love Lucy took America by storm and is still seen daily on one of over 200 channels. We only had 3. One of those was so snowy it would not come in very often, you guessed it, Channel 3, the only place I could see Darlene and Annette. We enjoyed these programs on a 17” black and white TV with Rabbit ears. We had a piggy bank where I put all my money so we could buy a TV. It was about $400 in the mid-50’S. My parents did not contribute any for a long time. I would count it every so often. After about 6 months, I had managed $33.17. Dad came thru after a big job. I think they were trying to teach me a lesson and mom loved I Love Lucy. Thank you Lucy! As I got older Darlene became a memory because she was replaced by Daisy Duke and that sweet girl from Corpus Christi named Farrah Faucett. Our nation kept investing in technology and it kept getting better and less expensive and more enjoyable.
My wife Cecilia and I were talking about those days over Sunday breakfast at Rick’s. It really hit me. That TV was $400 back then. You actually had to get up to change the channels. (My job). What is that in Today’s dollars? Gas was 10 cents. A burger, fries, and a coke was 25 cents. That is over $6,000 in today’s economy. I purchased a 15-inch color TV with remote three years ago at Wal-Mart for $59. They are really affordable right now. You can count the beads of sweat on an actor’s head on a 52-inch HD TV. Do you know why? Because we invested in technology. They are affordable because we grew the electronics industry. We put a man on the moon. We diagnose cancer, find aneurisms, and cure disease with our investment in growth. Imagine if we said, let’s make TV’s affordable, let’s cut off the rabbit ears and stop investing. TV would not exist nor would the technology that has followed. Our election for City Commission is about a simple choice. Two candidates want to make Pratt “affordable” by cutting wages, services, and putting on the brakes. Others want to continue to invest in our community. We also want to make Pratt affordable but believe the only way to do that is to invest in our community as we have recently done. Taxes have been cut without cutting services because we have growth which spreads the tax burden. (The two new hotels, BTI, and the new optometry clinic combined will add $820,475 a year in tax revenue to the county. The City of Pratt will get $180,504 of that.) That is the equivalent of 800 homes in town. That is what growth does. It spreads the tax burden. The April 5th election is important. While you are enjoying your color TV with all the advanced features, remember someone invested to make that TV better, affordable, and more enjoyable. Pratt is a business with a $26 million budget and over 100 employees. You own part of that business. Do you want someone on the “Board of Directors” (City Commission) that is going to continue to help Pratt grow and prosper or someone that is going to try to destroy it? Look around. There is growth, new infrastructure, new jobs, and new opportunity in Pratt. Let’s keep it going. Invest in your community. I would appreciate your vote on April 5.