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Margaret Verran: Editorial 4-28-13


The facts listed in this letter will make you think about “the good ole days” and really mean it.

President Harry Truman was a different kind of president. He probably made as many or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the preceding presidents.

However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Mo.

His wife had inherited the house from her parents and, other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year.

Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an “allowance” and later, a retroactive pension of $25,000.00 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Mo. themselves.

There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined stating, “You don’t want me.

You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it is not for sale”.

As president he paid for all of his own travel expense and food.

Harry was famous for his zingers made this observation; my choices in life were to be a piano player in a cat house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

What happened to selfless politians like this? Now they all want to line their pockets.

Yes where did the good ole days go?

Margaret Verran

Kingston Springs

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