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Opinion Letters

My Bed Time Stories published recently, have invoked comments. They have ranged from being in favor to opposition to my stories. I am happy to say most were complimentary. To those I say, thank you. Also those that opposed were civil. No name calling, only discussions. One lady wrote a glowing rebuttal of her perspective on the “great depression.” She and her siblings were college graduates during that time. How many do you know that were able to afford college back then? Most families struggled to have their children graduate from high school and do not share her view.


The 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a time for celebration and reflection. A look back to the beginning of the 20th century provides us with a measure of how far we have progressed up to now. Unregulated big business dominated American life at the beginning of the 20th century. Capitalists like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Hurst amassed great wealth and built themselves palatial homes. Average Americans struggled to pay for housing and put food on the table. The poor made up the largest class of society.

The goal of big business was to accumulate the greatest possible profit. In 1900, the beginning of the 20th century, unions were very weak. Workers labored for low wages. Environmental concerns and safety standards were sacrificed to enhancing the wealth and power of corporations. Teaching was a lowly, poor paying, profession.


Once upon a time there was a young high school graduate who joined the National Guard in Missouri. He was a hard working farmer and was pretty good at it. About ten years later he went to war as a Captain of an artillery unit. World War One in Europe had been going on prior to the U.S.A. joining the British and the French against the Germans. He came home from the war with new ambitions and opened a men’s haberdashery. He was not very good in business and it failed. Later, he became an elected judge in Jackson County, Missouri. It was an administrative job which he adapted to and did well. His name was Harry S. Truman.

In 1934, after being involved in Politics for some time, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. As an obscure Democrat Senator from a small state, not many people knew or heard of him. However, in 1939 when President Roosevelt needed someone to oversee the vast amount of military spending, he was selected. It became known as the Truman Committee. The experience he gained as an administrative judge in Missouri served him well.


Mrs. Chapman again “cries wolf” about an imaginary problem that is nothing more than a distraction to realitybased issues facing our state. The right to vote is at the heart of what it means to be an American; and it should be accessible to all citizens – not a privileged few.

It’s no fluke these laws are occurring now. Politicians who've been advancing corporate tax breaks instead of middle class jobs don't want to face us at the polls. An ID law would cost millions of tax dollars to implement. It’s just not right to create some expensive program to stop a fictional problem; especially after laying-off thousands of teachers.


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