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Discussion in 'Politics' started by billwald, Nov 21, 2010.
Interesting. The man that this is written about was adament that he remain anonymous. He never let his secret out. Then 77 years later his grandson, Ted Gup, capitalizes on what his grandfather wanted to keep a secret by writing an article about it for a paid gig.
I don't get it?
How does the title of this thread connect to the OP article - unless billwald thinks that anyone remembers the Depression as the good old days.
I suppose that billwald remembers the good old days as hiding in the briar patch, sleeping in his squad car on the job and shaking down the local doughnut shop. :laugh:
I thought it was an interesting read, I'm not sure of the OP's intentions/title, but thought I'd throw out some observations.
(1) Alot of these folks in the great depression really suffered. The article stated that around 50% of the people in that town were unemployed. Even though we are in the midst of the "Great Recession", where unemployment of 10% nationwide is the new norm, many "poor" Americans are still better off than most of the world (Cable TV, two cars, internet/computer, cell phones, etc.) Some of the folks in the article wanted shoes/clothing, many Americans today would be upset because they "deserve" the latest fashion or gadget. A lot of the "suffering" today probably comes from people not being able to maintain a lifestyle they've became accustomed to.
(2) The story to me is about a guy who was blessed and chose to help people in need. Something I think we all should do, especially our churches. There's a difference between individuals/religous institutions helping people and the government (false religion replacing the church) "helping" people. The first seeks to give a helping hand and restore the individual. The second seeks to enslave the individual and create dependency. The second also seems to be inefficent and waste alot in the process.
(3) The people requesting help in these letters during the great depression were thankful for the kindness shown to them, they were also doing what they could to work and scrap their way through to better their situation. Both attitudes I think would be rare in our entitilement society today.
But didn't most of the years in the "old days" alternate between war and recession? The 50 years of "cold war" and small wars gave the US citizens stability and most everyone did a little better most every year.
Maybe those WERE the "good ol' days" because although life was hard, you could still trust people to tell the truth when they needed a hand up. Charity wasn't an entitlement, and those who received it used it wisely and with gratitude.
Now that the inanity of you title has been pointed out you want to switch from the Great Depression to "wars" as the good old days.
Why do I let myslef get sucked in?
Nothing you write ever makes any sense.
Apparently neither of have anything better to do than to annoy each other. I don't! <G>