A British professor joins those who complain that, instead of fixing broken appliances, we tend to throw them out and buy new. This gripe is a pet peeve of mine. We tend to throw things away instead of fixing them because labor is relatively expensive in comparison to most tangible things. That is a symptom of a prosperous society. To wish that we would fix more things is, in effect, to wish that we were poorer. The Cubans are really good at fixing things and making do. Few of us would choose to live there.