Seek opportunities to show compassion

 

Thank you to Jim Abbott for his heartwarming story June 16 story, “Guardian Angel.”

The story describes the many years that Tom Cox has brought joy to Jill Matthew, his disabled former co-worker. It is good to read about local folks who have gone out of their way to show kindness, compassion, concern and to then help brighten the day of another person.

During these unsettling times, when we hear about the senseless violence that is going on in this country and throughout the world, it is easy to feel helpless. How can we change things and make them better? Cox has set an example that can inspire us all. We may not be able to make a difference nationally, but we can do something locally. All we need to do is look around and then act with compassion and kindness.

Joanne Kennedy

Ormond Beach

 

Two local cases of angel heroes

After all the recent bad news — terrorist attacks, shootings, and nastiness between Republicans and Democrats — thank you for posting the two feel-good stories about two angels in our community. The first was about Tom Cox, who has been such a devoted friend to his co-worker, Jill Matthew, since her first stroke in 2008. What a wonderful thing to purchase a special bike, so he can take her on outings in the neighborhood. I know his family is proud to have such a caring husband and father, and Ms. Matthew is fortunate to have this “guardian angel” in her life!

The other story that touched my heart was about Michelle Steiner, the young woman who stopped to rescue the kitten that some heartless person had thrown out of a car on the International Speedway Boulevard bridge. I doubt many people would have had the patience to rescue the frightened kitten, take her to the vet for expensive care, and decide to hand-feed her back to health. The article didn’t say if she and her fiancé had paid the vet bill themselves, but if they need any help, I’d be happy to contribute.

They are both angels and heroes in my book. Thank you for restoring my faith in mankind!

Sharon Estes

Ormond Beach

Regarding raises for deputies

I remind your readers that Volusia County sheriff's deputies also get a take-home car and free gasoline.

(READ: Deputies complain of low pay)

That being said, law enforcement officers are not only paid for what they do, but for what they might have to do.

They deserve a significant raise.

Otto Fowich

South Daytona

 

Too much show, too little proof

I am amazed by the political grandstanding taking place in our Capitol over the suspected Russian influence on our presidential election. Members of Congress are doing all they can to make the news (get on-camera face time) about their investigation into this suspected influence.

First, what is the suspected influence? Is it hacking into election computers to alter the vote count? To date, there has been no evidence of this. Or is it using public information to influence how Americans vote? This is not illegal. In fact, the U.S. tries to influence voting around the world. Secondly, who is “Russia”? Is “Russia” the Russian government, or is it Russian civilians acting independently from the government? To date, there has been no convincing evidence indicating that the Russian government has been involved.

It seems to me that Congress has much more urgent dangers to deal with. There is ISIS, which is trying to wipe out most of the civilized world, and North Korea, which has developed nuclear weapons and delivery systems and has said it will drop a nuclear bomb on the U.S.

Bob Kamenoff

Port Orange