Archive for Sunday, September 18, 2005

No Samaritans

September 18, 2005


To the editor:

Something recently happened in our great city that truly disturbs me.

My wife, alone on a bike ride, flipped over her handlebars, and as she lay bloodied and writhing in pain on the path, a dozen or more people must have jogged or rode past her without offering any assistance.

Last year, my family moved here from New Jersey, partially for a new career opportunity, but mostly on the premise that Kansans were polite, Christian folks with strong values and always willing to lend a hand. Obviously, in this instance, that is untrue.

While we have met plenty of caring people, many of whom we now call friends, this me-first-heck-with-you attitude that has permeated our mindset must cease. Even in Kansas.

In the end, society will be judged by our random acts of kindness. Strangers helping strangers in a time of need. I just hope the good folks of Lawrence can remember that.

Jeffrey Alderman



Speakout 12 years, 8 months ago

Knowing the great hearts of Kansans, I am sure the passersby didn't realize the gravity of the situation. I am sorry I wasn't there to assist. I would have without a quam.

Too bad she wasn't riding in my neighborhood, we would have helped.

kansaskev61 12 years, 8 months ago

Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Douglas County. The liberal sanctuary of the midwest! It it 'aint about them, they 'aint stoppin! "What's in it for me", the creede of Boog Country!

mermily 12 years, 8 months ago

ah yes- those blasted liberals are always going on and on about stopping welfare programs, taking money away from education, and halting aid to a variety of needy groups. liberals wish those tree hugging republicans would just stop helping everybody else and improving the environment. in fact, if you listen closely, liberals can be held calling out "why, why must republican big business insist upon giving so much back to the community, whyyyyy?".....

rather than kansaskev61's contentions that liberals are responsible for the lack of assistance this man's wife needed, maybe this wasn't a political issue at all but a call out to slow down and remember to help each other. there are fantastically helpful republicans, democrats, greens, socialists, communists, atheists, christians, buddhists, muslims...need i go on?

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