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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



The wonders of technology. Although not nearly as old as those who remember a time when the main mode of communication was either by a letter written and then delivered after a long period of transit, or perhaps a telegraph sent from some distant location, I do remember a time when most people still wrote letters to communicate, and a computer was something the IRS used to figure out your tax bill.

Sitting in the “computer room” in the high school in Redfield, I thought it was pretty amazing that we could program the game hangmen on “state of the art” Apple G II’s. Yes, they were fun for playing games on, especially in the early days when having the electronic pong game which was as big as the modern DVD player was all the rage, but I wasn’t all that enthused with the computer. Not something I felt I needed, or was all that interested in delving into.

How the world has changed in 20 years. Today computers are in every aspect of our lives. We couldn’t begin to imagine a time when the computer wasn’t a part of our everyday life in some way. With the increasing amount of access to email and the internet, we maybe have lost some of the personal touch that once came with a handwritten letter. Yes, we are a society of wanting things instantly! Email, is nearly as instant as a phone conversation. Yet, none of us think to print off and save emails. We simply wait until the computer is full and too slow to run for our own sake, then we wipe them clean and start over. No longer are we leaving for future generations the gift of a shoe box full of letters written, giving a glimpse into the past. It’s a shame in some ways, because there will come a time when knowledge of this time in history will not be as available to those seeking it.

Well, now that I’ve blasted the computer, email and progress, let me join it. There is a new website on the world wide web now. Dexter has long needed its own space, and though it is still in its infancy, will grow and you’ll be surprised just what will be there to help promote Dexter to the outside world. Stop in for a visit…put your feet up and stay a while.

See you next week…Remember, we’re all in this together.