Dec. 12, 2012: Our readers write

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Making it personal

I want to share something that happened last Friday at Sam’s Club here in Elizabethtown. As a teacher in Hardin County I had recently been made aware of a family in need. I realize there are many families that fit this description, but this particular family had recently been through a really tough time and had lost everything. 

With the help of several great people in the county, this family’s basic needs have been met, but we all know that this is Christmas—a time for a little magic, for a little more than just the basics. I asked the children of this family to tell me what they really wanted for Christmas, and like a lot kids, they asked for a gaming system. 

On Friday last week, I decided to share this story with David, a manager at Sam’s Club. I don’t know him personally and he doesn’t know this family. The wholesale store is a national chain. But guess what he did? He donated a Wii for the family. 

I realize he didn’t have to pay for it himself. However, I do know that at the end of the month, he has to ensure his books balance. As he graciously donated the equipment, he explained to me that he had children himself, including a new baby. He was happy to make a Christmas dream come true for these children.  We are pretty lucky in this community to have the manager of a national chain take personal interest in the lives of our children. 

Thank you for making it personal, David. If we all did that, the world would be a better place. 

Christene Baldwin



Practice what  you preach

It seems my last letter got under the skin of a few gentle souls who felt I was being divisive in calling for our Congress to do its job. There have also been a chorus of calls from the Left calling for the American people to come together and support President Barack Obama in his second term. What perplexes me is just where were those same people after the election of 2004 in which former President George W. Bush won his second term? It was then that the Democratic Party leaders aided by their main stream media shills launched an all out campaign to destroy President Bush using misinformation, half truths and out right lies. 

When Katrina struck in early 2005, it was the governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans who failed miserably in protecting their own yet it was President Bush who was blamed. Compare that with the recent coverage on Sandy. Prior the the invasion of Iraq, it was commonly believed that Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction on hand and an active nuclear weapons program. This was backed by our own intelligence estimates and cited by the leaders of both parties. Yet when none were found, the “bleat and repeat” main stream media branded President Bush a liar. This was despite of the information later released from the files of the Iraqi Intelligence Ministry that one of of Sadam’s key leaders said that the WMD had been moved to Syria. 

Contrast that with the coverage on the Benhgazi cover up. The mainstream media also followed up with their daily body count report which was reported with ghoulish glee. These tactics helped to drag down President Bush and the GOP along with it in 2006 and 2008. So, now the left wants to kiss and make up? Had they bothered to practice then what they preach now, it might be worth considering.

Kenneth L. Randall