Ten tough years among the fools

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By Jeffry Gardner

For the record, if you’re reading this right now, chances are you’ve successfully navigated through the wonders of the 21st century’s first decade.

Perhaps you even have some water left from the Y2K scare. In fact, is there a better place to begin a reflection on the past 10 years than at the very beginning – or, say, the 12 months before?

One year or so before we set foot into the next 100 years, we were told to brace ourselves for doom. Like most Americans, I’m a huge fan of “doom.” Predict the End of Days, and we’re gulping grape Kool-Aid and scanning the skies for alien transports.

Of course, that’s not true. But you’d never know it from the yarns our entertainment industry spins about mainstream Americans. Turn on your TV or settle in at a local theater and prepare to be preached to about how horrible we are – Americans, that is. We’re easily duped, you see.

So, when a cataclysmic opening to the new century – Y2K – was foreseen, you might believe we rushed to mega-marts and stocked up on ammo and water, rice and air mattresses, flour and CB radios.

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