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Bring back Yankee ingenuity

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"Whether you think that you can or that you can't, you're usually right." --Henry Ford In this troubled economy, more people might take this gentle exhortation to heart. In Ford's time, Yankee ingenuity -- the ability to make a go of things in even the toughest circumstances -- was a point of pride among Americans. But it's a rapidly vanishing American trait. Granted, things have changed since Ford's time. We're no longer so easily pigeonholed by occupation -- the butcher, the baker, the Model T maker. And perhaps because our own jobs are becoming ever more specialized and esoteric, many of us have come to believe we're incapable of doing even relatively simple domestic repairs without the help of "experts."This is especially ironic in view of the fact that, thanks to the Internet, it's never been easier to get the information that can help us help ourselves. In these technologically complex times, you'd think we'd take comfort in the fact that, while we...