“Something is happening to America, not something dangerous, but something too safe. I see it in my lifelong friends. I am a child of the ‘baby boom,’ a generation not known for its sane or cautious approach to things. Yet suddenly my peers are giving up drinking, giving up smoking, cutting down on coffee, sugar, and salt. They will not eat red meat and go now to restaurants whose menus have caused me to stand on a chair and shout ‘Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, dinner is served!’ This from the generation of LSD, Weather Underground, and Altamont Rock Festival! And all in the name of safety! Our nation has withstood many divisions – North and South, black and white, labor and management – but I do not know if the country can survive division into smoking and non-smoking sections.
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