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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We are fortunate to live in a community of caring, thoughtful people

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Bemidji Pioneer by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bemidji Pioneer. To submit a letter, email letters@bemidjipioneer.com or mail it to Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.

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We are part of The Trust Project.

In this season of being thankful, I was recently reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a community of caring, thoughtful people.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, I dropped my wallet in the parking lot of Ace on the Lake. More than an hour passed before I discovered my wallet was missing. I thought that I had lost some cash and would be spending the remainder of the day phoning financial companies trying to prevent credit card fraud and identity theft.

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When I went back to Ace Hardware, I was delighted to discover that a fellow citizen had found my wallet. He had turned it into the Ace staff and they had placed the wallet in the store’s safe. The wallet was returned to me with all the contents intact and in place.

I am grateful to the folks at Ace Hardware for their efforts and integrity. I am even more grateful to the anonymous “Good Samaritan” who initially found my wallet and turned it in.

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Sometimes these days it seems that the bonds of trust and mutual aid which hold society together are not secure. My recent experience is proof that common values and common decency are still strong forces in the community we share.

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