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Dear Cayleb: You're right, let's celebrate acts of kindness in Tucson

Dear Cayleb: You're right, let's celebrate acts of kindness in Tucson

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Editor’s Note

Dear Cayleb Stewart,

A few weeks back, you wrote a letter to the editor of the Arizona Daily Star.

That’s me.

“I have seen that people only see the bad things on news and other forms of media,” you wrote. “I know some people who think that the world is not a good place.”

To show that’s not true, you asked us to add a small section highlighting kind acts, like the crossing guard who brightened your day just by saying hi.

Today, that’s what we’re doing. And we’d like to name it after you.

“Cayleb’s Kindness Corner” will run on this page, sharing stories of Tucsonans at their best. (Apologies for the alliteration . Doris Nicholson, the wonderful teacher who taught me to spell at Harelson Elementary so many years ago, reads this paper, and I just know that would make her cringe.)

Here was your challenge to me, Cayleb: “Just think of how many people whose day could be brightened.” And now, here is my challenge to you, Tucson: You’ve asked for more positive, uplifting news — help us find it.

Tell us about it, at

I’ll start by telling you about my mom, who anonymously crafts seasonal paper wreaths and hangs them on the door of the lady across the hall.

Now it’s our turn to prove you right, Cayleb — to show you the many ways Tucsonans look out for one another, and how this is a place where we reach out in kindness, even when no one is looking.

As you wrote in your letter suggesting this, “I hope that through this people can be more connected and happy.”

I hope so, too, Cayleb. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ed, a gentleman and a stand-up guy

My wife and I were recently having lunch at In-n-Out in Kingman, Arizona. When we walked out to our car, four gentlemen were waiting for us. They informed us that they had scraped our rear bumper when they pulled into their parking space. The damage was minor and had they not said anything I would not have noticed.

I was impressed to say the least. One gentleman then gave me his business card and told me to call him with the cost to repair the damage. We went to three body shops and the cheapest bid was $125. I called the gentleman, Ed, and told him the cost to repair the car.

He promptly sent me a money order for $125. I am telling you all of this because we only hear of the bad things that happen in this world. Ed was a stand-up guy, and I think all the Eds in the world need a pat on the back.

Dennis Ziniel

Jill Jorden Spitz

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