Keystone State 2 Tour cont… In Grove City, we got together with the Whitaker family. Parents Dan and Kathy take a refreshingly hands on approach to parenting. The family regularly prays together, they home school and they had their television turned off four years ago. Most of the stuff on cable/network television was getting too corrosive, said Dan (a former Catholic youth minister). The Whitakers do allow their children to watch an occasional “safe” movie or old time television episode, like: Ozzie and Harriet. (Ah, if it was only that kind of television again, or that kind of society again for that matter.) …I was told Wednesday was the annual international “Walk to School Day.”” That is, for youth who were able, it was encouraged (but not mandatory) that they, well, walk to school. This day I ended up in a conversation with a woman who appeared to be in her early 80s, and in great shape for that age. She laughed when she heard about an international “Walk to School Day.” She said as a youth in the late 1930s and early 40s, all the kids in the family walked some two miles to, and from, school each day in Boyer, Pennsylvania, rain, snow, whatever. What’s more, for the younger children who couldn’t make the whole walk? “We’d take turns carrying them on our backs,” she smiled. Boy , have times changed. And not necessarily for the better… Pulling out of Grove City, we stopped at Maxwell Motor Garage for some air. Owner Fred Maxwell scoffed when I offered to pay for the air. You heard right. There’s actually a place in America that still has free air! When Liz tried to start the other campaign vehicle, the battery was dead. Fred came out and helped us jump it, again for free. After getting a new battery — with a whole lot more cranking amps — at Auto Zone, we headed on. Next stops: Clarion and Dubois. Note: I read yesterday that President Obama has ok’d putting solar panels on the roof of the White House. That is, indeed, a step in the right direction, as is the Obama small organic garden. As president, I’d add a small wind turbine to the roof, turn off the air conditioning and significantly dial back the thermostat in the winter. In the face of what appears to be quickly advancing climate change, Liz and I want to do everything possible to ensure our children have a world to grow up in. I mean, what concerned parent wouldn’t want that?