We become heartbroken when our overpaid professional athletic teams can't win the "Big One." These people make more money than most of us will see in our lifetime, yet we'll pay $4,000 plus for a seat at the Super Bowl. My question is: Why?
Why are we so concerned about the sleazy lives of celebrities and so uncaring about our own neighbors? Have we really lost that much focus on reality? How has our intelligence dropped to such a low level? When did kindness and manners become signs of weakness? When did vulgar language become the norm?
When did we start regressing back to pagan customs like tattoos and body piercing? When did loving God become an evil thing to do? When did virginity become an embarrassment? What has happened to the family? I have several theories that I won't delve upon at this time.
Think about this the next time you're pondering which suitcase to choose from on "Deal or no Deal." Would it really hurt us to show a little kindness and compassion? Would it kill us to thank the person who held the door for us or let us out into busy traffic?
Is it possible to show a little patience and courtesy behind the wheel? Can we be there for the children we bring into this world and teach them what is truly right? Do you think we could show a little respect with the language we use in front of others, especially children?
Can we learn to respect the property of others? Can we learn to think for ourselves again? Can we keep our mouths shut unless we're absolutely certain we're right? Can we stop being phony and start standing up for what is right? Can we stop blaming our mistakes and shortcomings on everyone but ourselves?
As long as we let television and other people dictate our lives, I suspect that we'll never be able to answer yes to any of these questions again!
Sovereign bank gives warm response
To the editor:
The purpose of this letter is to publicly acknowledge the outstanding service rendered to our organization, Wells House Inc., by Sovereign Bank and its dedicated employees.
Like most other nonprofit organizations, we are in a constant struggle to not only find financial support but sound financial services and advice. We have found that support and advice with Sovereign Bank. Despite the fact that their corporate headquarters is in New England, the bank and its employees are committed to the communities where they live and work.
When the Wells House was seeking to expand, local banks looked upon us skeptically - despite the fact our organization has served the community for more than 30 years. When we approached Sovereign, they were willing to help. When our furnaces went kaput, they again were willing to help - but not by providing a business loan. They donated the $5,000 necessary to replace our furnaces, practically overnight.
Most if not all businesses recognize the value of good customer service, yet many fail to meet their goals. Not so with the Sovereign Bank and its employees. When we enter our local branch office, they know us by name and give us personal service with a smile. Many thanks from all of us at the Wells House.
With warm (pun intended) regards.
Charles H. Mooneyhan
Wells House Inc.