The five letter word everybody's talking about...

By LaKecia Shockley

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Gone are the "Leave It To Beaver Days" when the five letter word: M-o-n-e-y wasn't dare mentioned.

"What else is there to talk about," asked Sam Litzenberg.

"When you hear people talk about money, you can relate to it and you can have empathy for them that you're not in this alone," said Longview resident, Carol Walker.

Rodney S. Scott is a Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney-at-Law in Longview, for Scott, money talk is an everyday conversation.

"The Kleenex tissues stay on this side of the my desk because of the tears, and for a lot of people coming to see me is the toughest thing they've ever done,"said Scott. "I think it's more of a question of feeling desperation rather than feeling comfortable talking about money."

Mike Holbert hears a lot of "money talk" too at Louis Morgan Drug Pharmacy.

"Now, we're having people who have been laid off, who don't have health insurance, and they're having to watch the pennies," said Holbert.

So, Is it ok to talk about money?

"Oh yes, its fair game," said Litzenberg. "In every conversation because that's our life blood."

"There's a lot of people that say their credit is being ruined, or they can't make their house payment, and before you would never say that to anybody. Now, there's kind of some comradery there because there's a lot of people in the same boat."

It's a boat that shows a different picture from the "Leave it to Beaver" era of the 1950's.

"As far as keeping up with the Joneses, the Joneses just got their house foreclosed last week," said Scott.

Another interesting fact that we found out from talking to East Texans is that money isn't the only thing folks are talking about more freely. They say sex, religion, and politics are more fair game now than in the past.