Government Assistance

Written By: Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book,”Those were the days, my friend.”

Our parents and community taught us to be self-reliant, it was frowned upon to accept assistance from anyone unless it was really needed, and then the community was more than glad to help. Everyone realized they could be in the same boat sometime and were more than willing to help.

It was a disgrace and Un-American to accept help from the government. People looked down on you for even thinking that. It was considered taking someone else’s money, almost like stealing.

In the 1950s, there was a surplus of corn; so the government came up with the grand idea of paying farmers not to farm their land, thereby artificially raising the prices. Named the soil bank, most of the farmers in our area were strongly opposed to it.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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