Letters to the Editor

Doing the right thing

To the Editor:

Reading T.R. Kerth’s The Whole Nine Yards column in May 25’s edition about heroism of a betrayed trust was a good message.

No secret is worth kept if you know someone might hurt themselves. Thirty years ago, two students did the right thing by coming to him, and Kerth did right by going to the counselor.

You might get angry if your secret is betrayed, but here a life was saved. Now Kerth said at the time there was no way of knowing how it would have ended, but 30 years later, that life is doing fine and I’m glad.

No force, he said, on Earth – not even heroes – are more powerful than what happens when
everybody does the right thing. I agree.

Speaking of doing the right thing, how about Springfield doing the right thing? I don’t agree that Illinois is the armpit of America. While many say if they could leave, they would, I won’t.

President Lincoln never abandoned America during the Civil War. Neither should we abandon Illinois.

President Kennedy once said, “Let us not look for the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but let us look for the right answer.”

Looking and doing the right thing can be powerful, indeed.

Bob DeLacy Jr.


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