Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2017

Family grateful for support

“None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.”

— Harvey Mackay

In the early morning hours of April 2, our family faced a tragedy we could have never foreseen. Our home of 12 years was ravaged by fire. By the grace of God, we all escaped unharmed. However, our home did not.

What could have been the worst days, weeks, months of our lives has instead shown us the true meaning of love, family, friendship, giving and community. The outpouring of support toward our family in the way of donations, prayers, good thoughts, calls, texts, Facebook messages, stopping by to see us and hosting donation dropoff locations has been nothing short of amazingly overwhelming.

We, the Marino family, would like to take this time to thank so many who have graced our lives with their unbelievable generosity of spirit. To our family, thank you seems not enough. You have literally opened your hearts and homes to us when we need it the most. We would be lost without you.

To our friends, Hubert Humphrey once said, “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” How true this is and how clearly we have seen it! Your unwavering support and love have been amazing. Whether near or far, new friends or childhood friends, you have reached out in ways that will never be forgotten.

To our neighbors, we appreciate beyond description how you stepped up to help us in all ways, both big and small, to support us in this difficult time. We miss you and cannot wait to be back with you every day.

To our Saint Matthew family, you have shown the Catholic spirit of generosity far beyond the scope of what we could have ever imagined. Your support of us, especially Isabella and Jimmy, has helped all of us find our feet during this trying time. Also, thank you for your generous donation to our family and our efforts to rebuild. We will forever keep you in our prayers.

To our other communities, be it soccer, basketball, baseball, cheer, gymnastics, Winchester, etc., your gracious charity on behalf of our family has truly touched our hearts in ways we could never fully be able to express. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

If there is anyone we missed in writing, please know we have you in our hearts, minds and prayers forever.

Thornton Wilder once said, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” We are thankful to be alive and very much conscious of our treasures, each and every one of you.

The Marino Family


Deliveries are legal litter

My definition of litter: Anything that is thrown out of a vehicle window on to my (or anyone’s) property.

What the delivery of the Northeast Times and plastic bag of circulars has become is a case of “legalized” littering. For every resident who picks up their “litter,” there’s a resident who doesn’t and it then becomes trash. For years, I have been trying to get the delivery of these items stopped. I’m tired of cleaning up this trash, sometimes soaking wet, from my lawn, driveway, front steps and even the street in front of my house. Mail gets placed in a mailbox provided by the homeowner.

If someone wants to continue to receive the Times and circulars, come up with a receptacle that the homeowner can put out for them. No designated receptacle, no delivery. I read the Northeast Times (obviously), but would rather not have to pick it up from wherever it lands to continue.

Gregg J. Tyndall

Pine Valley

A hard game of politics

The game of politics is one of hard times. You get involved with the notion that you are in to help people and build stronger communities. Then when you are involved, you see what truly goes on in the game of the special interests. It works like this so people want to make sure their piece of the pie is taken care of. They do this by donating to political campaigns to persuade politicians to do things in their favor. This, in most cases, doesn’t serve the best interests of the people. Deals are made, money changes hands and the people end up on the wrong end of the stick. This is in no way 100 percent of the politicians, but too many of them participate in this game.

So, I tell my fellow voters to remember this little lesson is true and vote for the candidates who have your family and friends’ best interests involved in their plan. Another piece of advice is to back the candidate who puts lower taxes and public safety first.

David Lee