- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2009

I tip my cap to you for “Through their eyes” (Plugged-in, Marketplace, Dec. 29). What a great story.

I always count on The Washington Times to bring me hard news and commentary without a liberal slant. Nobody does it better. However, that story about three older folks recalling their experiences during the Great Depression was something extra. It was a genuine slice of real life, and it was pure goodness. The words spoken by those three gentle people echoed the things my parents and grandparents have shared with me. The simplicity and gratitude with which they faced down those tough times ought to make all of us today get our acts together. Whether we’re private citizens or big corporations, we need to start reaching for our bootstraps rather than federal handouts.

Americans back then (of all races and stations) didn’t overcome difficult economic challenges by looking to the government. They relied on their own two hands to make it through. They didn’t complain a lick, and they and the country were the better for it.

Everybody has a story to tell, and I appreciate your paper making an effort to bring some of those stories to light. An article such as “Through their eyes” proves once again that what is truly worthy to be printed in a newspaper does not always come from politicians, entertainment celebrities or sports stars.

Thank you for running such an article. It made me smile and sit up a little straighter in my kitchen chair as I read it.


Edgewater Beach, Md.

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