On July 19, this paper printed a letter from a fellow Franklin resident. I will respond to his letter at the end of this column.
We just hit the 98 year anniversary of the start of World War I. Just a few days after war officially began in Europe, Germany declared war on Russia (Aug. 1, 1914). It took more than four years for all of Europe to band together and defeat the aggressors. Germany had failed miserably in her attempt to control the production in Europe. Germany used bullets and foot soldiers to try and capture the heads of Europe and Russia.
Just a few years later, in 1939, Germany was at it again. There is dispute amongst historians as to when the war actually began, but everyone knows that it was Hitler's aggression that started things rolling. This time, Germany was much more prepared. She had bullets and foot soldiers, but she also had tanks, airplanes, submarines and bombs to try and take over. With her alliances, Germany really wanted to control the whole world. Once again, she lost miserably to a unified Europe and the United States.
Flash forward 60 plus years. Germany is about to get her wish. Not with bullets and bombs and submarines, but with bank notes and production lines.
According to the International Monetary fund, Germany has had the highest GDP in Europe in 2007, 08, 09 and 2010. Germany has held the lead, by over $600 billion over her closest competitor. France and the United Kingdom have been fighting for second place. On the world stage, Germany ranks number 20 in GDP. This says a lot about a country that was devastated, and ridiculed on the world stage, just 60 years prior.
How did they become so productive?
Part of that answer is because the victorious countries decided that they needed to re-build Germany. Along with the re-building was providing protection for Germany so that she could not have a military.
Beyond that, Germans have become very industrious. They build reliable cars and many other things. The workers there, strive to make the finest BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis. They make Stihl chainsaws. They apparently are making sink parts as well. I just replaced a faucet, that had 'made in Germany' stamped on it.
The workers in other European nations, strive to go on strike. They would rather carry a sign that asks for another month vacation (they already get two on average), rather than make car parts. I just heard that the train drivers in Great Britain are planning to strike during the Olympics. How nice that will be.
Greece has 25 percent of its workers working at government jobs. In other words, even the workers are making it tough for Greece to have any recovery. The government workers, just like here, do not make any marketable products. Germany is poised to bail out the vast debtor nations. When she does, she will likely get control of the banking system. Which country will be running the production lines in Europe, after this happens ?
Now for the barn. There is no monetary advantage, to having an old barn. 'Historic value' cannot be converted into cash. The barn is ugly. At its approximate age of 160 there is no building code that can be met. Even if the writer of the rebuttal letter was right in stating that it will be $10,000 to tear it down, that still beats $100,000 plus to fix it up. The supervisors made it clear that there is no reasonable purpose for the barn.
David Paul Snyder is the flight training program manager for two Israeli business jets. He is a former pilot for Pan Am and is the former chairman of the Bucks County Airport Authority.