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By Carol Perkins

With all the talk of gas prices and how inflation is trampling on our standard of living, I'm reminded of WWII, rations, and ration booklets. My mother was a young teacher in a one-room school.

Her duty, as well as the duty of all like her, was to distribute ration booklets to families in the area. Someone from each family came to the nearest schoolhouse to pick up their booklets each week. These books of stamps allowed families to buy a limited amount of goods and that was it... no more unless they bought them through the black market. Items she remembered other than gas were sugar, coffee, meat, canned goods, tires, coal, and other necessities. People were forced to manage with what they had.

As is always the case, those who were more self-reliant suffered the least.

This is true now. Those who have a freezer filled with vegetables, meats, and breads, as well as shelves of canned goods, are not as concerned about the price of food as those of us who shop from one week to the next. I've heard my mother say that because of being on a farm and growing their own crops and killing their hogs and slaughtering beef, they didn't feel the sting as much as others did. One thing, however, we all will suffer from if the tide doesn't turn is the price of gas. We are not self-sufficient when it comes to fuel. Our country is no longer self-sufficient, and we are feeling the sting.

I'm totally blown away with all the garbage I hear on TV from both sides. The truth is that we don't know the truth about inflation and gas prices, and even worse, we don't believe what we're told. If I had to drive to Glasgow and back every day for work, my income would decrease by about $60 per week. I was paying $40 to fill up my SUV and now it's more like a $100. As someone said not long ago, at least we have gas. What if we had to stand in line for a ration book? What if we had to go back to the time when we could only buy $5 worth at a time per station? History often repeats itself, but let's hope not this time.

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