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By Judy Thomas

They had help

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

When Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler speaks to groups, she asks if our grandparents and parents provided a better quality of life for the following generation. The crowd always answers yes. Then she asks her listeners if they are going to be able to do the same. Most say no. [Goldendale Sentinel, Sept. 5, 2012.] I would answer in the same way, but I would question the implication that our forebears did it all on their own.

When we look at the history of those who lived through the Great Depression, we see that two and a half million people were given a helping hand by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Social Security began (in the early years many people were helped by this with...

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Reader Comments

thomasmbundy writes:

Ms. Thomas asks Is our representative ignorant of this history or just ignoring it? The answer is, neither. She notes that successive administrations have added to the federal programs designed to help people. So, those living in the great Depression had some programs. Those living in the 1950s had even more. Those living in the 1960s had still more. And people living in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s have received even more federal benefits. The issue? As the benefits have expanded, our ability to leave more for our children has diminished. Put differently, those in the 1930s had SOME help and left more for their kids. Those living today get LOTS of help and can leave very little.


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