Good Samaritans

On Sunday, June 15, Father's Day, my husband and I were traveling east on the interstate just west of Joplin. Traffic was heavy and moving very fast. We had a flat. We are both in our 70s, and my husband is partially disabled, but we were attempting to change the tire.

Two nice gentlemen stopped, changed the tire and led us to a store to buy a new tire. We feel like we had two "guardian angels" looking over our shoulder that day.

Mary Faulkner

Tipton

Speaking for many

We wish to thank Lisa Morrell Kohley for sharing her path through depression ("Overcoming depression requires personal decision and assistance," Globe, June 29). Her voice speaks for the thousands of residents in the Joplin area who are living with this medically treatable disease or other mood disorder.

National averages suggest that if each community took the names listed from A-E in their local phone book, they would have a good representation of the number of residents living with depression.

For those willing to follow their path to more understanding of depression and how to live with it, LifeSupport Ministries offers free peer-led support groups to assist in the process. Take your next step by calling (417) 438-7173 or (417) 624-3363. Or visit us on the web at www.lifesupportministries.org.

Ted Gillespie, executive director

Ann Leach, assistant director

LifeSupport Ministries

Joplin

Policy not at issue

I appreciate the recent article in the Globe about Roy Blunt's explanation for his conduct on Capital Hill ("Blunt: Ties to tobacco appropriate," July 1). The question is not whether the legislation he attempted to insert into Homeland Security legislation is good policy.

The question is why he would attempt to insert such a provision 1) at the last minute, 2) without the knowledge of the American people or even his own party, 3) that would benefit Philip Morris, a company with which he has many personal relationships and that has donated thousands to his campaigns, and 4) without ethical consideration that such an act would constitute a emphatically large conflict of interest. These are the reasons why Roy "Philip Morris" Blunt and his Republican insiders kept such an act quiet for so long until The Washington Post heard it through the grapevine.

Seth Jackson

Joplin

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