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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In March 28 Issue
Russell County News

“Can’t see the forest for the trees!”  I find it amazing the big stink everyone has been making over the AIG bonuses that were given out.  They literally “Can’t see the forest for the trees”.  Here we are worrying about $165 million dollars and we said nothing about the $180 billion that was given to AIG.  A $180 billion is almost 11 hundred times $165 million.  Just in case you didn’t know it, AIG divvyed up the $180 billion and spread it around the world. Then our House of Representatives reaffirms what I said in a recent article about being stupid and passes a retroactive tax bill that will take 90 percent of those bonuses away. Folks, I don’t think that is what our founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution. It had something to do with “Taxation without Representation” Have you know someone that will step over a dollar to pick up a penny? Okay, I’ve went on long enough!  I am truly blessed to have so many find Russell Countians contact me on my articles. I thank you all so much. One of my readers contacted me last week and read a poem she had written. I think it’s fantastic and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s called “The Great Depression” by June Brewster

Please note: The CCC the Civilian Conservation Corps and the WPA was the Work Projects Administration.


Do you remember the Great Depression?

If so, you may have learned a lesson. Stock markets crashed and banks closed down,

A new way of life had to be found.

It first hit the wealthy, then trickled on through

The small towns, the country, and the working crews.

They said, "Don't worry, we'll make it together,

We won't be defeated, the storms we'll weather."

Times were hard, but spirits were high,

They didn't give up, or quit, they did get by.

People had very little, not much to treasure,

But they found contentment in life's simple pleasures.

It took its toll on our great land, People stood side by side, hand in hand.

There were the 3 CCC's and the WPA That helped unemployed people earn their pay.

They gave jobs and training to those in need

Who were facing hard times with families to feed.

They built roads, schools, airports, docks, and parks;

It was a long hard labor from daylight to dark.

They earned their living by the sweat of their brow,

Today they look back and wonder how.

There was no bail out for them to turn to,

It was courage and strength that saw them through.

They had to find ways to help those in need,

And they came through, they did indeed.

Let's compare what happened with what we're facing today,

We need their encouragement and to show us the way.

They didn't let bad luck drag them down,

Many people today can still be found.

Today, they look back at what taught them a lesson,

How they pulled together in the Great Depression.

May God bless…

Ron Phillips  

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