The Ottumwa Courier

July 13, 2013

Ah, the good old days


Ottumwa Courier

---- — We had it good. My father worked at Morell's. We had what we needed, a little to save and a nice vacation in the summer. As I grew up, a factory job was there. All you had to do was go into a factory and say, "I want to work." They had you working the floor in a few days.

Then the factories decided that by sending jobs overseas, they could make more money and get a few robots to move things around. It's working. Less people to pay, more money in the banks.

Back in 1960s, there was no welfare or food stamps. We didn't need them. We had good jobs.

Who will buy the things made in the factories? The rich, of course, and we the people with our welfare and food stamps. Now we are told we are using too much off the government.

Carolyn Stansberry

Ottumwa