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June 28, 2013
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Editorial: Roses & Thorns: Post Office, Arson, Musicians for Mobility

ROSE: Post office delivers

Tom McFarland had an emotional and a meaningful reunion with long-lost relatives because a letter sent to an address at which he hadn’t lived in 45 years reached him.

The 65-year-old Myrtle Creek resident is grateful to the Myrtle Creek Post Office for calling and telling him he had mail. The mysterious letter came from a cousin in Japan he had never met.

The cousin found McFarland’s old address among the belongings of his late parents. The cousin wrote, the post office delivered and McFarland set off for Japan to meet relatives.

McFarland was born in Japan, the son of an American serviceman. He came with his mom to America when he was only 3 years old.

The trip to Japan allowed McFarland to connect with his mother’s side of the family and bring some of his mother’s ashes to her homeland.

None of this would have happened if that letter hadn’t reached McFarland. Sometimes going the extra mile can go a long way.

THORN: Snatch those matches

Vandalism is offensive at any time, though it’s at least understandable when the vandal is trying to make a point. No less wrong, but there’s some sort of warped logic to it.

Then there’s the other kind. For example, when someone sets fire, on purpose, to a public restroom. One that was defaced in the same way less than 18 months ago, and repaired in part by private donations.

That’s what happened Tuesday morning at the restrooms near the Stewart Park duck pond, not far from the Fred Meyer parking lot. Though the blaze burned itself out before firefighters arrived, the men’s room was blackened inside and fixtures were damaged.

The action was not only stupid but disheartening. In effect, the arsonist or arsonists were repaying donors’ good deeds with mindless disrespect.

Nicki Messenger, the city’s public works director, said the city will again repair the restrooms because it’s hard on people to use parks without one. That’s a relief to many, though it could be up to three months before the city can take care of the unbudgeted expense.

We’d love to see the firebugs flushed out and TP’d. And with the scratchy variety, not the Charmin.

ROSE: Groove for a good cause

Musicians for Mobility deserves credit for organizing annual music festivals to benefit tremendous causes.

For the third straight year, the group has identified a child who really needs the community’s help. Since she was 11 months old, 8-year-old Kierra Grace Thompson of Green has suffered thousands of seizures — events that can be terrifying for her single mother, Katie Thompson, who always must be near her side.

Life would be more peaceful and predictable if a service dog that can detect seizures could come live with Thompsons. The price tag for such an animal is $10,000. Musicians for Mobility intends to raise that sum on July 27, when nine local bands will perform a benefit concert from noon to 10 p.m. at Pyrenees Vineyard South near Myrtle Creek. An auction with prizes is expected to generate the most funds, while the event will also feature food vendors, beer and wine, face painting, hair design and more.

It’s worth reserving the date on your calendar. Or if you can’t be there, consider making a donation through the website, Little Angels Service Dogs at http://www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/pediatricseizureassistance.html.


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