Forum: Impressed with post-tornado attitudes
November 22, 2013 10:50PM
Updated: December 25, 2013 6:38AM
Last Tuesday morning, I decided to offer my pickup truck and trailer to help with the tornado cleanup in Diamond and Coal City. However, while on the way, my truck began leaking gasoline so I immediately went to Bob’s Advanced Auto in Coal City to get it fixed.
When I asked Bob how quickly he could fix the leak, he told me they were very busy, but he could probably get to it by the end of the day. When I expressed frustration about not being able to help with the tornado cleanup, without a word Bob brought my truck into the garage and began repairing it right then and there.
While I waited, I had breakfast next door at Ali’s Restaurant. When I went to pay, I was told they don’t accept credit cards. I had no cash, so I asked if they’d allow me to pay the bill on my way home from Diamond that evening or the next morning.
A nearby customer overheard our conversation and told the cashier to add my check to his check. At that point, the owner came over and told the nice gentleman that he could not pay my bill because the restaurant was picking it up.
When my truck and I finally arrived in Diamond and I walked into the designated meeting place, I was greeted by the sight of hundreds of volunteers waiting to be assigned tasks in the cleanup. Once I got my assignment, I was told to pick out a new pair of gloves from a table of hundreds and was later given water, lunch and pizza for dinner.
From the minute I made the decision to volunteer, I was the recipient of an absolutely stunning display of generosity, compassion and cooperation. In every single person I encountered, whether at businesses or in the fields and neighborhoods, I saw hundreds of examples of what it means to be an American from Coal City and Diamond in Illinois.
Republicans? No thanks
When was the last time the Republican Party produced a single piece of legislation with the intent to benefit the general public? The only legislation it presents is to cut taxes for the rich and multi-national corporations and allow them to hide their wealth overseas.
The Republicans propose cuts in education, Social Security, health care for the poor and middle class, but not one idea or program to create jobs or help educate underprivileged youth so they can improve their way of living.
President Obama may have received information contrary to what the new health care program could initially provide electronically, but he did not stand on a flight deck or his desk and declare all is well. Remember when the previous president boasted that the Iraq War was won, a war he got us into to destroy those weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist?
I once held public office supported by the Republican Party and discovered that the party was narrow in its thinking and appeal, committed to benefiting the wealthiest 2 or 3 percent of Americans. I now vote as an independent. Color has no place in politics.