Search an act of kindness

I can’t help but respond to Mr. Steenson’s complaint of favouritism concerning the search for Minister Bhullar’s belongings. Mr. Bhullar was acting as a good Samaritan, coming to the assistance of a fellow human being in need of aid — and for that, he ended up giving his life. For the police to assist in the retrieval of Mr. Bhullar’s belongings in a pursuit that was far too dangerous for his family to conduct on their own was nothing more than an act of ‘paying it forward.’ Kindness is as kindness does.

I can’t help but respond to Mr. Steenson’s complaint of favouritism concerning the search for Minister Bhullar’s belongings. Mr. Bhullar was acting as a good Samaritan, coming to the assistance of a fellow human being in need of aid — and for that, he ended up giving his life. For the police to assist in the retrieval of Mr. Bhullar’s belongings in a pursuit that was far too dangerous for his family to conduct on their own was nothing more than an act of ‘paying it forward.’ Kindness is as kindness does.

It is mean spirited to imply that his belongings were not worth the efforts of retrieval. The comparison of value vs costs is not the issue, and in any event, anyone who has lost a loved one knows that even insignificant trifles become priceless treasures as mementos of one’s dearly departed.

It is also utter folly to suggest that the median of the QE2 Highway is not a very dangerous place to be. Of course there are bottle pickers and litter collectors on the less busy highways of Alberta, but on the QE2 recent provincial records state that there are between 28,000 and 35,000 vehicles on that highway every day in rural areas and the number climbs to 50,000 around Red Deer, 83,000 south of Airdrie and about 90,000 north of Leduc.

So please, Mr. Steenson, accept this exchange of kindness. It will restore your faith in humanity.

Donna M. Stinson,

Red Deer