Amen, G. Thanks to all of you who have posted encouraging, supportive comments, and to all of you who have thought them but not posted them.
Personally, I've worked my entire adult life in the criminal justice system in one way or another, seven years in uniform on the streets, many more in plainclothes or investigative roles. There's not a day that goes by that I don't thank God I've survived (so far) alive and able to function nearly normally (we won't get into a few injuries along the way).
Every time we hear news of another attack on police officers by militants, gang-bangers, gun-toting children, bomb-making radicals, or just plain crazies empowered by the news-media-inspired 'glory' of 'smoking bacon,' the lovely and gracious Mrs. B turns to me and repeats how grateful she is that I'm not wearing a uniform in these times.
There may be a few bad apples in the law enforcement barrel, but we usually find them and eradicate them ourselves long before they do any serious damage to the public. It's only extremely rare occasions when one slides through under the radar until he or she does something outrageous. And, trust me, no one hates to see that happen any more than the rest of the law enforcement community! One can't say the same for the wackos who espouse their war against the peacekeepers.
It's not just water-related. It's also because of relaxed importation regulations (can you say NAFTA? Remember that?). More and more produce is coming from Mexico and Central America. Not just the pointy-leafy Colorado kind.
Less produce production in the USA? Thank your government.