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Letters to the editor March 3

| March 3, 2024 12:00 AM

Random act of kindness

On Monday morning, Feb. 26, something remarkable happened to me.   

I was in Super One in Evergreen, mostly purchasing frozen packages of vegetables. As I was checking out, a handsome young man with a wonderful smile (I am allowed to say that because I’m old enough to be his mother!) stepped in behind me and told the clerk he was paying for my groceries.   

I tried to object, because although I appreciated the kindness, I was not in need of financial help.   But he kindly smiled and said, “No, take your card out of the machine. Someone did this for me the other day and I want to pass it on.”  

I felt kind of silly letting a stranger pay for my groceries, but I have yo tell you, young man, how you added so much hope and sunshine to my day.   

See, I was buying the frozen vegetables to use as ice packs because I had just come from a physical therapy session for a chronic problem that has been plaguing me for six months. I’ve been mostly homebound trying to get better and have worked hard to stay upbeat as medical people have tried to help me return to a normal life … but sometimes it’s hard.   

I cried all the way home after your kindness — a happy, wonderful, hopeful cry — not because I needed the help with my groceries, but because a total stranger show a total random act of kindness towards me. It made the physical pain so much less.   

Sometimes it feels like we live in a pretty messed up world. But when people do things like you did, well it gives tremendous hope!

In the Bible, God promises that if we give generously with pure heart then He will give back to us tenfold: “Give and it will be given unto you…” Luke 6:38.

Rest assured young man that I will be passing on the kindness you showed to someone else! Thank you for your kind, generous and pure heart.

And finally, I sure hope that whoever the lady was that you were buying flowers for knows what a gem you are! May God Bless you!

— Joyce Brewer, Kalispell

Isn’t it ironic?

The Feb. 22 letter “Warped Perception” attacks Carol Santa’s Feb. 20 letter “Trump and our Democracy” as “utter nonsense,” “misinformation,” “same old lazy garbage,” and a “warped perception of reality.”

While the writer is certainly entitled to his opinion, he offers not one fact to refute the actual facts Santa presents. Ironically, the author of “Warped Perception” claims that “being able to look at facts or think for yourself is not in high demand these days.” 

Indeed, as he proves in his letter. This irony would be amusing if the stakes weren’t so high. 

— Carol E. Vande Kieft, Whitefish