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Letters to the Editor

August 06, 2009

Stranger sets good example for grandsons



To the editor:

Recently, I did what I find myself doing on occasion. I left my pink wallet at home on the computer stand after working online with some finances. Later, I took my 7- and 10-year-old grandsons to Sheetz on Dual Highway to get some lunch sandwiches for them. As I went to the counter to pay for their orders, I discovered that once again I had left my pink wallet at home and had only one dollar in my pocketbook. The cashier asked if she should cancel the orders and I said, "Yes."

Amazingly, the man standing next to me in line said to the cashier, "Wait, how much is it?" The cashier told him and the man willingly paid for the sandwiches. He politely refused to give me his name or address so I could repay him, and he also refused to take the dollar I offered. I brought the boys over to thank him.

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I am very appreciative to this young man for setting such an example for them. "What a nice man!" they said as we went out the door. To that man I say thank you so much for showing them this way to give.

He also provides an example in miniature of the way to heal the economy. Freewill giving goes a long way to helping us be less dependent on government. It is done regularly at churches and to charity agencies, but the example this man gave was especially meaningful. He did not ask whether or not I had a job or whether I had spent more money than I should have in other areas. He did not ask if I had a college degree or what kind of work I did. He did not complain when making his choice to give us what was needed. And the smiles on the faces of those around showed how much this kind of freewill giving brings a change in the heart of others who witness it.

How much can the rest of us follow this man's example? Can we stop complaining long enough to find out the benefits for others wherever we give? If my taxes will help others have jobs, feed their children, and give to others in need, I would say that those tax commitments produce worthwhile efforts. Can we drop prejudices and give to those who have need without having to scrutinize their lives as if we are superior and all-knowing judges? We can study the words written by James in the Bible: Chapter 2, 15-17: "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

If we extend these examples to those who don't get adequate health care and many of us who are able give beyond just our own families or friendship groups, we can do a lot to solve the problem of health care deficits in America.

Sharon Womack
Hagerstown




Money could be put to better use in Pa.



To the editor:

Concerning the groundbreaking for a new addition to the Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa.: I believe it is for patient services and to have offices for those people who work in that department of health care.

I feel the money that was raised could have went to better use, such as bringing more doctors to the facility.

With the economy the way it is, where are they going to get the money to keep the facility open and operating once the addition to the center is built? Raise the prices for health care if you use the facility along with taxes, etc.?

It's really great that people can have this facility to go to if they need it, but with people also losing jobs, unless you have great insurance with your employer, you can't afford to go to the medical center.

A lot of hospitals act as though they won't treat you if you don't have insurance.

Russell "Pete" Seville
Greencastle, Pa.

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