How would you like to quote and rephrase like this? This is San Francisco Chronicle reporter Stanton Delaplane (internal link) in 1941, interviewing a rancher on the poor roads in Siskiyou County, California:
They were worn out, he said, from yammering at Sacramento for 30 years with no results. “It gets so bad here in the winter folks can’t hardly get out of the back country,” he said. In fairness, he added that there wasn’t any place to go particularly when you did get out but people being what they are, they want to get out anyway.
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