Fifty years ago:
Metal detectors were not in common use in town, county, state & federal government buildings
Metal detectors were not in common use in the public school system.
School districts did not have their own police force.
SWAT teams were not required to maintain law and order.
Hitch hiking was legal everywhere.
We had a nationwide passenger and freight rail system.
We had a nationwide bus transportation system.
Doctors and veterinarians made home visits.
Doors to homes and automobiles were customarily left unlocked.
Gas stations provided free air, water and under-the-hood checking of one's car.
Road maps and calendars were free and freely available.
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