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November 25, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Things are much easier today

The letter “America is in bad shape nowadays” was interesting, but my memory is very different.

I’m 83 years old, so we grew up about the same time. I spent the summers on my grandparents’ farm in Wisconsin. There was no electricity and no running water, so there was no plumbing.

My grandmother cooked on a wood stove. My mother was a single parent and had a difficult time earning a living.

The grammar school provided free lunches to a hungry kid. There were no school buses, and I walked to school in all kinds of weather, even below zero.

My buddies and I scrounged for metal to get enough money to go to the movies. I had to work nights so I could finish high school and support my mother. I worked on a chicken ranch in Daggett (near Barstow) when I was 13. This was during the war, so they waived child labor laws. In 1948, there weren’t many jobs, so I enlisted in the Air Force.

We are so much better off today.

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