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On our own?

Dear Editor:

Many today resent government regulation. I write as one who lived through WW II.

Without government regulation, we would never have made it. Incomes were frozen, rents were frozen, and then there was all kinds of rationing — gasoline, meat, sugar.

Many things were not available, e.g., new tires and parts for our cars that had to last as no new ones were being produced. Chocolate and butter were absent from store shelves and there was no toothpaste as the material in the tubes was needed — we had to use a tooth powder. Now, I know folks say we were the “greatest” generation and, of course, we were. But does anyone believe we would have voluntarily done any of this sacrifice “on our own.” I seriously doubt it.

Patty Tillerson

This story was posted on November 7, 2013.