Just when you think everyone is crazy, selfish or both, along come some stories that give hope. Three such examples appeared in The News & Observer on Jan. 13.
First, the obituary of Dr. Robert Herrington caught my eye. I did not know Herrington but wish I had. Not only was he a caring pediatrician, but he served his country through military service and was a man of faith in his community. Quoting from the obituary, “Over the years his amiable demeanor, mischievous sense of humor and gentle manner earned him many wonderful friends in Chapel Hill and around the country.” What a wonderful epitaph.
Second was the thoughtful letter “Vote, don’t revolt,” reminding us all of what is means to be a true citizen and patriot: “We don’t lead armed insurrections against our government or our elected officials. That’s not how mature Americans resolve dispute! We vote – like adults and like true ‘citizens’ of this great nation.”
Last, the gentle, but firm, tutorial letter “Facts about solar” concluded with the logical, but often ignored advice: “Must read past headlines. Must research rumors.” Perhaps service above self and rational thinking aren’t dead.