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Updated: February 15, 2013 6:04AM

Compassionate car dealer

Three family members and I recently converged on Batavia from across the country to assist a beloved uncle in his time of need. Uncle John has recently faced some physical and mental challenges and was placed in a skilled nursing facility in November.

In August, before his admission to the nursing home, Uncle John went out and bought himself a car. His “old” car was a 2011 and he traded it in on a 2013 Accent from the folks at Gerald Hyundai. None of us knew about this purchase, and we were duly surprised to find a brand new car sitting in Uncle John’s garage. Quickly following that surprise, however, was anger. “Who in the world would sell a man in Uncle John’s diminished state a new car?” We were outraged and proceeded almost immediately out to 88 and Orchard to have a chat with the folks at Gerald.

We steeled ourselves to the fact that these sly salesfolk would not be sympathetic to our plight and we would have to seek legal counsel or worse take out a full page ad in The Beacon denouncing the dealership.

We boldly walked in and asked to “…speak to the manager!” Sonny greeted us and listened carefully. Then he pulled the dreaded car salesman trick. “I’m going to talk to my general manager.” Oh, boy. Who hasn’t heard that one before? When he returned, he said he understood our situation and could empathize. He allowed how he would feel if this were his family member. Then he trampled all over our expectations by offering us over 92 percent of Uncle John’s money back!

We were shocked and needless to say pleasantly surprised. We were prepared to have to negotiate and never imagined they would go that high.

We felt it was important that we share our story of compassionate client service. We would like to express our gratitude to Sonny and the rest of the team at Gerald. The money we recovered will go a long way to paying for care for our Uncle John.

Doug Drake

Colorado Springs, Colo.

What happened?

Did you ever wonder how this country became so messed up? Just think back when us baby boomers were in school. We said the Pledge of Allegiance every day along with the Lord’s Prayer. We were taught the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.

The only language accepted was English, you spoke it or did not go to school. The only flag flown at school and other public places was “Old Glory.” We had faith in our government and respect for our police officers. Our parents all had work or the opportunity to find work. Mass shooting were virtually unheard of. Almost every household had at least one firearm for home protection. When an illegal alien was discovered, justice was swift, they were quickly deported.

So what happened?

While lining their pockets, the politicians of late opened up our borders, stole our Social Security funds, let our industry be out-sourced to foreign countries. They have used our Social Security funds to pay illegal immigrants benefits and reward them for having more children. They reward people who refuse to look for work by way of food stamps and welfare.

The average congressman and senator retire with a guaranteed life pension of $200,000 per year with full medical benefits. The average solider fighting for our country makes about $38,000 per year and has to contribute more for full medical benefits.

Perhaps we should rethink what’s really important in this country.

Rick Coleman

North Aurora

To kids, about guns

Instead of writing a letter that I know will just fall on a pair of deaf ears, I now have a chance to present a tad of common sense to a couple of young men who are likely not yet brainwashed by the leftists/liberals/progressives among us. You see, they are still in middle school, so it’s possible they are open to opposing opinions.

The subject matter is guns, of course, and concealed carry in particular. Regarding these issues, one says, “Adults should not be allowed to carry a concealed handgun wherever they go, because having a gun on them might cause many more deaths.” Key word: might. Saying “might not” is equally likely.

The other young man had this to say: “… many murders have occurred when people have been shot by criminals carrying a concealed handgun.”

Are you guys concerned with the police carrying exposed guns? They are, after all, imperfect humans, just like you and I, and capable of making mistakes. Ahhh, but they’ve got training, right? Yes, but if that’s the case, then the problem cannot be the gun, can it? And if training is required for anyone wanting to carry a concealed weapon, then it should be no different a situation.

Far too many adults trip all over themselves regarding this sort of talk; I hope you guys are still able to figure some things out for yourselves.

John Babush

Big Rock

Congratulations, Dieterich

According to The Beacon-News, Dieterich Elementary was chosen among hundreds of schools in America to receive $3,500 for a new program called Fuel Up To Play 60. A healthy lifestyle begins at home, but children spend a large portion of their day at school and often sedentary.

Congratulations to the teachers and administration who applied for this grant. Keep up the good work; sometimes it does take the help of a village and a school to raise a healthy child.

Fran Caffee


Outlook on life

I once fought a kid in high school and a teacher took us aside and convinced me to fight without violence, and saved me because I listened.

The other kid did not listen and one year later he shot and killed another kid with an illegal gun.

We need laws to help people with their problems (and) funds for teachers like the one I had.

We need to show how much fun college can be and provide the funds to get people there — to culture people, to fund the arts, to show people the many other wonders in other states and cities in our great nation.

And just to show people what is out there — all the things that street corners do not provide — how will they know with no one to show them or the resources to do it ?

Evan Morris


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