Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer leading up the [American] Revolution. In his small book “Common Sense” he opens the first chapter with thoughts that are relevant today.
“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.”
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best stare, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that which we furnish the means by which we suffer.”
Interesting perspective then and now.
Thank you so much for everything you did to help me with my state project. Working on this project was so much fun. Every day I looked forward to the mail coming. I received so many nice things and learned a great deal about South Carolina.
I couldn’t have done this project without your help and everything was very much appreciated. Thanks again for being so kind and going to the trouble to help me.
Thank you very much for the four newspapers. I really enjoyed reading them and looking at them.
Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. Class
Harlan Intermediate School
1402 19th Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Editor’s Note: Alana P. is a 5th grade student. She and her classmates sent letters to newspapers across the country seeking information about the states. We mailed her copies of the Georgetown Times, Waccamaw Times and Inlet Outlook. If you would like to help Alana P. and her fellow students learn more about South Carolina, you’re welcome to send her photos or other information.
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