Don’t for­get day-to-day ded­i­ca­tion

Star Tribune - - EDITORIALS READERS WRITE - TOM COMBS, Ply­mouth JERRY AN­DER­SON, Ea­gan

The Oct. 11 story “Fam­ily dog helps chop­per lo­cate miss­ing tod­dler” pro­vided both a ter­ri­fy­ing drama and an un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated re­al­ity.

A 2-year-old lost in the woods at night with cen­tral Min­nesota tem­per­a­tures ap­proach­ing freez­ing would have had a heart-wrench­ing out­come. In­stead due to the ded­i­ca­tion, char­ac­ter and love of a won­drous species, the tragic out­come was averted.

I’m not re­fer­ring to our loyal friends the dogs, but to the two-legged he­roes who took to the roads, forests, fields and skies to ef­fect the life­sav­ing res­cue.

The Sher­iff’s Depart­ment, State Pa­trol, and “var­i­ous fire and res­cue depart­ment per­son­nel,” plus roughly 200 vol­un­teers and the State Pa­trol he­li­copter, joined with the fam­ily’s dogs to avert a hor­rific tragedy. Af­ter the boy had been lost in the dark for three hours, law en­force­ment brought him “back to his house, where he was reunited with his mother.” I don’t think the ar­ti­cle’s words do jus­tice to what that re­union was like.

I love dogs, but in ad­di­tion I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate know­ing that if I or mine are ever in such des­per­ate need, law en­force­ment per­son­nel, fire/res­cue, EMS and count­less oth­ers will give their all to help.

I hope each and ev­ery per­son (and dog) in­volved in sav­ing this child gains a just re­ward. Thanks for bright­en­ing my day and pro­vid­ing a re­minder to ap­pre­ci­ate all the spe­cial folks who are ready 24/7/365 to help. that to­day’s stu­dents need to “un­learn racism” by ob­sess­ing about the races of their class­mates (Opin­ion Ex­change, Oct. 10). Since kin­der­garten, my son has en­joyed at­tend­ing di­verse pub­lic schools with class­mates whose fam­i­lies come from dozens of coun­tries and are Hindu, Mus­lim, Chris­tian, Jewish and even (gasp) athe­ists. He thinks a hi­jab is no more ex­otic than a cru­ci­fix and views Ra­madan as a hol­i­day wor­thy of the same re­spect as Easter or Christ­mas. Rather than strug­gle to “un­learn” racism, I think my son and his class­mates of color would need con­sid­er­able in­doc­tri­na­tion to em­brace it. And filling him with guilt, and his class­mates with anger, about crimes com­mit­ted or en­dured decades or cen­turies ago by peo­ple who shared their skin tones would be a great place to start.

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