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Letters to the editor

Shop goes extra steps to fill daughter’s wish

Heavy-hearted, I walked into Nolt’s Marketplace at Leo Crossing. It was early, and the baked goods shelves were bare. “We are unloading the truck now. Let me know if there is something I can get for you,” said a friendly man from behind me. “There is something special I am looking for, but it’s seasonal, so I doubt it’s on your truck.” The man smiled. “Well, tell me what it is and I’ll see if I can help.” I took a deep breath and said, “Let me give you a brief back story so you know how important this is to me.”

“A few weeks ago, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He’s only 61 years old, and we were told that he may not be here for Christmas. Dad loves mincemeat pie, and he only gets it at the holiday. I’d like to make sure he gets to enjoy it again, but this time on Father’s Day. Is there any way I can special order one?”

By this time, despite my swallowing hard, hot tears were rolling down my cheeks.

“The bakery that supplies us cannot do it,” and before my heart could sink further he said, “but the cashier’s mom would do it.” The tears kept streaming as he walked me over to her. He told my story, saving me from having to repeat my sad words. She said she was sure her mother would be happy to do this. I was overwhelmed by gratitude. Then the man said, “And you don’t need to purchase this pie. We would like to gift it to your family.” I was completely overcome. I hugged him tightly and thanked him over and over.

I choked out my contact information and left empty-handed. I had intended to make several purchases but couldn’t gather myself at the moment.

Check out this little shop. The only thing better than the food is the people! Thank you to Doug, Liz and Liz’s mother.


Violent self-defense biblically unjustifiable

I read with interest the letter of Joan Dunfee (June 5), who was responding to yet another letter on the subject of gun control and self-protection.

I feel it’s always risky to respond to a contentious issue using the Bible as “proof,” but here I find myself doing the same as Dunfee and coming up with an opposite conclusion. This can often be done when one person understands the Bible literally as if “God said it and that’s that!” and the other takes a metaphorical approach, wherein ideas are best expressed in figurative language.

To get to the point of Jesus’ position on violent self-defense, one only needs to make the observation that when Jesus himself was confronted in the Garden of Gethsemane by a “band of soldiers,” Jesus readily admitted to his identity when they started to apprehend him.

Peter drew his sword with the apparent attempt, it would seem, to split the attacker’s head wide open, only to cut off the attacker’s right ear. Rather than saying, “Good try, Peter,” Jesus admonished him, saying words to the effect of, put up your sword, Peter. “Don’t you know that my Father could have sent more than twelve legions of angels to protect me?”

If one is choosing Christianity and the Bible as the basis for supporting violent self-defense, it doesn’t work.

ERNEST G. BARR North Manchester