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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

Memories of past history -- the Great Depression of 1929

  Many times I worry that we are repeating history, like repeating the Great Depression of 1929.  President Herbert Hoover was trying to balance the budget and eliminate federal debt. He was a Republican and tried to eliminate jobs and cut costs of running the government. The results of his actions became known as the Great Depression of 1929.  Franklin Delano Roosevely became President, and shorty therefter he found ways to obtain jobs and benefits for the people. He was forced to increase govenment debt to solve the problem of the depression. Social Security, C.C.C., unemployment benefits, and various temporary jobs were found for the people. The upcoming war brought us completely out of the depression. The main thing obtained by the people was hope for the future.

  Now we are facing many of the same problems that happened in the Great Depression. Can our government bring us out of this situation again?  How?  I do not believe that eliminating the bargaining rights of our unions will help in this matter.  Our unions have help make our country great. They provide a balance between management and the workers and provide benefits needed by the people. We can't go back to the days before the Industrial Revolution without unions. The workers will revolt before this happens. They want some job security and respect. Our unions are very important to our country. God Bless the United States of America.

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