Kevin Nelson

Letters to the Editor — May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Honesty the Rockford Way Dear Editor, Too often the letter section of papers is used to criticize, accuse, complain and air grievances. I too have been guilty of this and today I had an experience that, sadly, is all too uncommon. I have been out of work for several months, and have had zero success in securing ANY type of employment. To help make ends meet, I started raising chickens for meat and to sell fresh eggs. Last week a gentleman came to my home to purchase a dozen eggs, but did not have the exact amount with him and I could not make change for him. He only had exact bills for half of the price of the eggs. Against my better judgment, I took what he had and gave him the eggs, asking him to just drop off the remainder of what he owed sometime when he was going by. I was pretty sure that I had just sold a dozen eggs at half price and would not see the rest. On Friday, May 7, I received a call from the gentleman, asking if I had any more eggs available. I told him I did and he came by. Not only did he have the rest of the money, but instead of only one dozen, he purchased two. It is a sad commentary on society that the first instinct is to mistrust. But for many reasons, misgivings in situations like this are neither unnatural nor unwarranted. By a large margin, the community of Rockford is one of the few places that can be done this way. Rockford should be proud of the fact that, while other towns and cities become increasingly dangerous and suffer from increased crime rates, we have a community in which we can trust each other and someone’s word is as good as a promise. Kevin Nelson Rockford resident

Reader Irritated by Misinformation

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

I frequently read your paper, and happend to come across the article on Paczki. It was interesting until I got to the part where the writer states “Fat Tuesday is the day of feast before Lent, a time when Catholics give up sweets for 40 days before Easter.” This is not only incorrect, it demonstrates the laziness of the author in neglecting to research something about which they obviously know nothing. A quick search on the internet would have produced the following: Lent, in some Christian denominations, is the forty-day-long liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. [1] The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where according to the Bible he endured temptation by Satan. [2] Different churches calculate the forty days differently. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penitence, alms giving and self-denial‹for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Your author exhibited a laziness not uncommon in today’s society, and the editor exhibited extremely poor taste in printing a statement that reduces a faith practice common not only to Catholics, but to Lutherans, Episcopalians, and others, to nothing more than refusing to eat a donut. Shame on you!! Kevin Nelson Editor’s reply: Ouch! Thanks Kevin, for helping me set the record straight. I promised an article on pazcki and was confused by the information on the Internet (which I prefer not to use as a resource in any case). I was baffled on how Polish history, Catholicism and a Mardi Gras celebration day (Fat Tuesday) could be related. Frankly I’m still pretty confused, so appreciate your comments all that much more. Beth Altena Editor