It begins with us

This year I read in “Reader’s Digest” about small towns across America that have residents helping each other.

Then I read The Exponent letter from an 88-year-old who couldn’t get help to fix a battery. I was saddened that a business couldn’t reach out to assist someone in need.

This is our town.

In case anyone wonders what I’ve done — I’ve given rides to a female walking to work, bought a meal for a hungry stranger, pulled weeds and clipped plants for a senior who was under the weather, volunteered for Street Night and much more.

I will be that senior one day. It is my hope that when my time comes in needing help someone — a total stranger, even — will be there like the tow truck driver was for that senior. I will continue to hope that this small town I love and call home will be big, indeed, in helping others. It begins with us.

Katherine Flint



Store employees were

correct in their action

In a letter to the editor in the Dec. 21 edition, a reader/writer unfairly criticized employees of a local auto parts store for not assisting with the installation of a battery into a curbed automobile at the front of the store.

Some facts: The store is not a licensed automobile repair dealer and cannot legally participate in the service of an automobile. Next: the store location is not zoned by the city for automobile repair and would be in clear violation of their conditional use permit as a retailer. Next: city ordinances expressly prohibit the repair of automobiles on the street and certainly on the sidewalk in front of a retail store.

Then there is the issue of personnel safety. Lead acid storage batteries are known to produce explosive hydrogen gas. Automobile battery explosions, though infrequent, do occur and potentially cause blindness. Given the above conditions, there probably would not be any liability insurance available. The only winner in this situation would be the lawyers.

To give credit where it is due: the employees of the store were correct in refusing to participate in this situation.

Anthony Jewell


Editor’s note: Anthony Jewell is a retired ASE master automotive technician

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