Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at the Verizon Wireless Theater

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There's a line in Merle Haggard's "Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)" that has become a daily affirmation of sorts for us. It's not the pre-parenthetical part of the title, although we've wondered that often enough. It's this one: "Are we rolling downhill like a snowball that's headed for hell?" PHOTOS BY JASON WOLTER