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Letters to the Editor

Helpful teen

April 26, 2012

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To the editor:

Last week, my husband and I experienced a modern day “Good Samaritan” act.  We are in our 80s and we monitor the bluebird trail at the Rotary Arboretum.  Monitoring consists of taking a census and getting rid of wasps, ants and sparrows.

On the day in question we had almost completed the trail when my husband’s legs gave out. At first he sat on one of the markers for the trees and then he tried to walk down the sidewalk. At that time, two or three adults in their 20s to 40s walked by with their eyes on their feet. They had to have seen that we were in trouble.

A little later a teenage couple walked by and spoke to us, and when my husband fell the young man came running. After much difficulty, he got my husband into the car and wanted to follow us home to be sure I could get him out of the car. We told him that he didn’t need to do that. We had neighbors who could help or his legs would work by then. He was insistent but we wouldn’t allow it.

We were so touched by his assistance and his willingness to go the “second mile” that we are glad that we live in Lawrence with so many fine teenagers like the young man who helped us.

Comments

its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Not shocked at how many ultra far left posters have not openly condemned the ones who looked down and walked on. Shame on all of you! Did you not get the jist of the letter? Apparently, not surprisingly, not.

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mutualrespect37 1 year, 11 months ago

"Struggling" is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps those with sharp minds, big hearts, and good judgment are more careful about who they project difficulty on. Every ounce of pity and rage directed at the relentless local street harassers for their poor mental capacities is surely well-deserved! People who physically aggress on others should not expect to have their egos stroked. You're scary dumb, and you are robbing others of dignity, safety, and privacy! Dummies who just want to be thanked, go to and go for!

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mutualrespect37 1 year, 11 months ago

It's wonderful when someone has the good judgment to recognize when emergency assistance is required, but for every person in Lawrence like the one you justly write in to praise there must be a hundred busybodies who cause others untold suffering instead of respecting the independence and dignity of women or anyone with a minor to moderate perceived physical limitation who wants to and has every right to manage on their own without being made to feel self-conscious by strangers. People who behave like this are obviously clueless, so it's offensive they view themselves as God's gift. Their incompetence declares itself immediately, so it is scary and unpleasant when they force themselves on and molest strangers.When you reduce other people to virtual objects and see them as needy nothings who require aid from complete strangers you are belittling yourself and them. Patronizing attitudes like these are the norm in backwoods places like Lawrence.

Southern manners need to go. People need to stop training their kids to bother strangers at the drop of a dime. People deserve to be respected for their strengths and abilities not be demeaned by small-minded strangers who mindlessly force false limitations on the world. Not everyone was raised by Kansan values or taught not to question stupidity and stupid ways of living. This behavior is nothing better than street harassment, and it is twisted southern justice for the old witch Ola Faucher at KU and her lying investigators to put racist smears on those who stands up to these intrusive, unwanted yahoo attitudes. Southern manners reinforce old-fashioned hierarchic ideas about society, which explains why the politically aware find them incredibly offensive.

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tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Thats a good story. Thank you Mrs. Freitag. I'm glad to know we still have young people like the one who helped you.

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

Some people may just be hesitant to interfere. I've been told by a handicapped person to not rush to help her open doors, etc., because then she loses the ability to do things for herself. My father didn't like people trying to help him when he lost balance and fell because often they didn't know how and just made it worse. I usually watch to see if a person actually needs help and then ask if I can help.

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

Mrs Freitag, thanks for the shout out about "kids today." I, too, have had many young people come to my aid when they saw me struggling with something---even the pre-teen neighbor kids.

For you posters who respond to the trolls, as evidenced this morning by one who I won't dignify with a name, they only come here to distract and annoy. By responding, you reward their sickness and waste your time.

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thuja 1 year, 11 months ago

"And it works every time. ;-/"

When you go shopping for food, do you go to the leather boot store and wonder why the meat is tough?

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks to all the good Samaritans of all ages; we need each other.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 11 months ago

goodcountrypeople will be on here in 3...2...1... to criticize these teenagers for street harrassment...

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

"...two or three adults in their 20s to 40s walked by with their eyes on their feet."

Mrs. Freitag, they were probably late 20's/early 30's. This makes them part of the "millenial" generation. They are only concerned with themselves and are a large chunk of the "gimme gimme gimme" crowd. I'm not suprised they kept their eyes down and kept walking. Afterall, what was in it for them? These "adults" as you so generously refer to them as are almost surely Obama voters, btw.

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