Where do you expect our children to live?

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Believing such a novel and symbolic form of correspondence more likely to reach and influence its intended audience, L. McKenzie wrote the following plea in 1980 to then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter on a piece of 2x4, and mailed it to the White House. McKenzie built houses for a living and as such was particularly affected by the current recession, so he wrote to Carter and urged him to help struggling mortgage-holders by supporting the Brooke-Cranston bill. Little did he know, but that downturn was actually the first, milder drop in what turned out to be a 'double-dip' recession.

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Dear Jimmy

The general economy may be in a recession but housing is in a depression. Immediate action must be taken to assist our industry - it equals 5 Chrysler Corporations. Thousands of jobs and companies are being lost along with the tax dollars plus added costs i.e. unemployment compensation. Available and affordable funds must be made available now - a good start would be Brooke-Cranston. Where do you expect our children to live? This piece of 2x4 is not wasted if you get the message and then put in your wood burning stove.

L.W.McKENZIE SR. VT.