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Let Past Examples Be Present Help

Editor, The Herald:

Work hard with little to no education for 50 cents a day. The neighborhood raises the children, plus the school could spank you, as well. If nothing else, all children had respect.

People today do not have a clue about hard times. I'm talking back in days no one went hungry because the neighbors watched out for each other, were always willing to share and help each other in working a farm. There was not much money but every house had plenty of food.

When any repairs were needed at the church or someone's house the neighbors came together and did whatever, no charge. The pay was a good meal.

A nickel was money. If you had a quarter you could shop. Gas was 10 cents a gallon, soda pop five cents. You could buy by the pound, one cent per pound, just about everything. I guess these people are gone forever. Lifestyles have changed so. You seldom hear a child say 'yes, sir' or 'yes, ma'am.' As a matter of fact, a teenager asked me what was so bad about using or speaking bad words.

How I can remember greeting others at home or when you were out, everyone said “Hello, Neighbor.” Houses had no locks on doors.

Something else to think about: with all education shared among the people these days why are so many people hungry? Some senior is receiving help, after a stack of forms to fill out to receive $10 a month.

There is a book that has a lot of words. Do unto others as you would have them to unto you. Another says, 'Love your Neighbor.' Then the book says share each other's burdens. Also, there is a heaven and hell, your choice.

Remember how the people laughed at Noah building The Ark. While you still have a chance before it's too late we can come together as neighbors and love each other, watch out for each other. No, we cannot stop crime but together in our communities we can change the crime rate.

Ask not what the sheriff can do for you, but together in our community we can ask the sheriff what can we do to help. Enough is enough.

Charles Leftwich

Buckingham