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America needs to revisit the New Deal

Letter to the Editor

Two wonderful events occurred in 1933. I was born and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, by executive order, implemented the New Deal, which was responsible for the renewal of hope and prosperity to a desperate populace trying to recover from the Great Depression.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was designed for unmarried men 18-28, providing unskilled labor, mainly in jobs related to conservation and development in rural areas. Camps were established and workers were provided with shelter, food and clothing. They were paid $30 a month with the stipulation that $25 was to be sent home to their struggling parents.

The Works Progress Administration was the largest, most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out projects such as road construction, airfields and public buildings. It employed artists, writers and actors in large drama, arts, media and literacy projects. The program provided food and redistributed food, clothing and housing to the needy. At its peak in 1938, it provided jobs by trying to provide a paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

My father was on the WPA program, and without it we had little hope. He helped construct lakes, roads and many other necessary projects. I remember the food that would be left on the curb for anyone needing it. My half-brother worked in the CCC also.

My point is that maybe the time has come to revisit the success of the New Deal programs. With so many people on welfare and food stamps, we certainly have available manpower that could get us back on track in improving our infrastructure, developing wind farms, repairing bridges and roads, plus other beneficial jobs.

The hidden benefit is that, as the New Deal proved, not only was our economy saved, but people regained their hope and pride!

DON HELDENBERG

Parrott