Admiration for kidney donor

I felt compelled to write with great admiration about an Edgewater firefighter.

[READ: A life-saving gift]

David Blair had a monumental decision recently. He heard through an email at work of a woman in North Carolina in dire need of a kidney. After months of testing, he was a perfect match and felt very strong about this decision.

The father of two young girls with a spouse of over 20 years has a Christian connection. His family helped Blair offer this life-saving surgery.

I believe this act of true empathy, selflessness and compassion for life should be known. In this season for giving, this man gave of himself to save a stranger.
A recent newspaper article reported Blair saying, “I thought, if that were my daughter, hopefully someone would come forward to me.”

I have never met this generous man, but true giving was his passion.

Thank you, Blair.

Ron D’Agostino, New Smyrna

Christmas thoughts

Well, I just sold my trusty 1997 Grand Am Pontiac for a grand total of $300. Now that I’m 91, I don’t drive badly. It’s just that we elderly are the only ones with the time to do the speed limit.

91! Did you know that birthdays are good for you? People who have the most live the longest. I was always taught to respect my elders, but now I’ve reached the age when I don’t have anybody to respect.

My neighbor asked me why I was so glum the other day and I told her I was just thinking about getting older and all the people I’ve lost along the way. And she said, “Well, Doris, maybe a career as a tour host wasn’t for you.”

No wonder that the twinkle in my eyes is just the sun hitting my bifocals. Oh well, my back goes out more often than I do. When I stand or sit and stand again to sing hymns at church, I groan “oh, God” so often that the lady sitting in front of me asked if I graduated from a nunnery.

People my age get all confused trying to remember the simplest of things. Anyway ... happy Easter.

Doris Jahnke, Orange City

 

 

 Taale of 2 presidents

This past week has afforded us the contrast of opposites in that limited list of individuals to hold the office of President of the United States.

One is being remembered for his distinguished courage, while the other claims military patriotism while having managed to never serve due to student deferments and “bone spurs.”

One was dignified, honest and principled, while the other is boastful, untruthful and disrespectful.

One is being honored for his humility, civility and resolute experience, while the other is narcissistic, insensitive and insulting.

One was responsible for the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act, while the other has publicly made fun of disabled individuals, gutted the Environmental Protection Agency through senseless deregulation, deferring to the greed of industry, and is the climate change denier in chief.

Former President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest this week, warmly and deservedly honored by Democrats and Republicans alike.
President Donald J. Trump continues to put the interests of America aside, in deference to some of the world’s most despicable abusers of human rights.

Both Republicans and Democrats have voiced their recognition of this, also.

Dean Palamara, Ormond Beach

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