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Letter to the Editor: We should all get together to help local family

Staff Reports • Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM

To the Editor:

A well-written story in this paper about a Lebanon man in need of a kidney transplant was a call for all of us to come to the aid of this family. Every church, Masonic lodge and others whose place is to watch out for their fellow man, should take notice and respond accordingly.  

This family is doing everything right, but they fall through the cracks when it comes to getting any help from our present government. It is a shame that it comes down to the fact that an honest, God-fearing family can’t even qualify for workmanship compensation because he is a stay-at-home person who is taking care of the children while his wife works. 

On the other hand, if this family were drug addicts or refused to try to help themselves, they would qualify for free housing, free phones and a monthly check from the government. They would also get a raise every time they had another child. 

 It behooves all of us to get together and see that this family gets what they need, and are willing to work for. 

It tears my heart out when I read about people who are struggling, doing everything right, and still can’t get help.

This man’s wife qualifies to give her husband one of her kidneys, but she has to work or they wouldn’t have any source of income whatsoever. 

It is time for those organizations and churches that claim to be in place to help others to see that this family is not neglected any further. 

To reach out to the Johnson family, email them at rugerfan@charter.net.

Hershel Butts    

Gladeville

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