Letters to the Editor

Reach out

November 25, 2010

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To the editor:

Recently, a death occurred in my neighborhood that has affected me deeply. Although I had been planning to write regarding the construction of another unnecessary tall building at Ninth and New Hampshire, I cannot do so.

In this time of family get-togethers, holiday activities and celebrations, let’s not forget that it can also be a time of great loneliness for some. Holidays are also the time when suicide attempts peak, when people without meaningful relationships, enough money or fulfilling work or those with serious health problems or any circumstances that isolate and disconnect people from each other are at the greatest risk.

I had only spoken with the person in my neighborhood three times since moving here during the summer. After three years in the house, other neighbors knew him perhaps slightly but not enough to suspect any problems. Due to the circumstances surrounding his passing, there has been nothing about it in the news nor can details be given here, but the thought of aloneness so severe and persistent that the person sees no hope for the future or redeeming quality in themselves is devastating.

The absence of this person is palpable, as are all losses when the person is well-loved or well-known to us. The irony is that he is just now being noticed because he is gone. I urge all readers not to take their blessings for granted. Pay attention to your neighbors. Be kind. Take and interest. Maybe save a lie.

M.G. Roy,

Lawrence

Comments

GardenMomma 4 years, 5 months ago

Can you please correct the typo in the last sentence? It kind of detracts from the meaning of the entire letter!

Jimo 4 years, 5 months ago

Sorry Momma, no one seems to be home. Granted, it is a holiday.

equalaccessprivacy 4 years, 5 months ago

"Save a lie" in my experience could be the unspoken motto of Lawrence--and maybe the underlying cause of the loss of such a beloved child of God the author writes of. Company poisoned by insincerity can be far worse than none at all. Please don't kiss to kill. Don't violate the decent social boundaries of complete strangers and then heartily congratulate yourself for making useful contributions to society. Could be you are just treating people according to offensive stereotypes and your presence and obvious but unconscious intention to make others the butt of frightening ignorance hardly makes anyone's day.

justforfun 4 years, 5 months ago

Good letter, but you could sure have skipped the silly comment about the 9th st Bldg. All the comment does is make me wonder when that boring LTE will be written.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 5 months ago

How many people spend too much time alone and consider their "friends" on MySpace or Facebook to be the majority of their 'friends'?

There is no substitute for the 'real' physical thing. I'll take just ONE true friend over 5,000 (or more) "friends" on any social media site!

I'll say, about 90% of the time 'loneliness' is self-imposed.

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