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My grandfather’s ‘good neighbor policy’

GUEST COLUMN

When he turned 18, my father left home on a northern hard scrabble farm and headed south to the big city. He found a job with the railroad and enjoyed getting paid for hard work. He’d worked hard on the farm, too, but there was little money and barely enough to eat some winters. And his father, my grandfather, made things even harder with his “Good neighbor policy.”

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EDITORIAL

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