A good deed

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2003

Is there any hope? Recent events in my life led me to ask this question in regards to the seeming lack of honor, integrity and moral conviction among the younger generation in this town. (I know there are those who possess these traits so I don't want to start a flurry of angry responsive letters.)

Yesterday, a young man that I work with at the Juneau Empire told me a story that renewed my faith in today's youth. His name is Paul Stevens and he is contracted to deliver papers for the Empire. Last Sunday, Paul provided a little extra help with circulating the special edition and was told he would receive a check in the mail for his services. On Friday, much to his surprise, a check for $1,100 arrived in the mail from the Juneau Empire. Paul knew an error had been made. He debated whether to cash the check and was coaxed by others to do so. He decided to take the high road and bring the check back to the Empire. He found the amount was supposed to be $50! When he told me this story, it warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes because I know many would not have acted in this honorable manner. Paul, to quote a line from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, "So shines a good deed in a weary world."

Teri Heuscher


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