Reader Opinion: Thankful for kind deed


Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted as saying, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”

I have a story about such an experience. Last Monday, as I unloaded my Costco cart, I dreaded the heaviest items. Almost 82, this grandmother is blessed with good health but she is not as strong as she used to be. One by one, I placed light items in my car and soon the 25# bag of flour and heavy bottles of water would be next. “Would you like help unloading your things?,” said a young man whose vehicle was parked next to mine. I looked up into the handsome, kind face of this fellow who was wearing a black tee shirt. In big white letters it said POLICE.

“Oh, thanks so much! Yes! My 93 year old friend and I pray so hard for the police!”

He looked quite puzzled until he remembered he was wearing that shirt and had wondered how I knew he was a policeman.

Up here in Brainerd, MN, wearing such a shirt is not like having a bullseye printed on it, but, sadly, in many cities, now including our own Minneapolis and St Paul, it makes the wearer of a police uniform or a tee shirt that announces POLICE, a target. This is a terrible shame! There are no words for it!


I bake bread for a hobby and enjoy sharing it. Soon I will deliver some homemade buns to the Crosby police station with a heartfelt thank you note to this fine young man.

Let us all remember and practice our kind deeds whenever and wherever we can. This happening made such a difference in my day and now maybe it will in yours!

Jerry Ann Kester


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