Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 31, 2012

WPA benefited a nation in its time


Journal-Times

Oct. 31, 2012 — The editor:

You may recall the piece about the CCC, a program for young boys, this one is about a program for their fathers. The W.P.A., work progress administration, of the same period in time. It put to work 8.5 million men. 15 million people at the time were unemployed. The WPA funded medical and dental programs, and even shoe repair projects to mend the well worn shoes of public school students. It provided 1.2 billion school lunches. 651,000 miles of roads were built, 124,000 bridges, 8000 parks, 858 airfields, 125,000 public buildings, some still standing today right here in Grayson. No program in place today has equaled that or produced the benefits. During the Great Depression we could see the faces of hopelessness and despair. Could such a time ever be again? Let us hope not, but it has been said, history repeats itself.

Earl H. Stewart