Letter to the Editor
One Saturday morning, a man got up early, quietly put on some work clothes and left his home to join with others on a mission. They met with one purpose in mind, to help a community which had been ravaged by a killer tornado.
As they moved into this wasteland which had once been a community, they talked about the storm’s effect upon different people they knew. One lost a home. Another, a daughter. Though they weren’t related, they were connected.
All hands pitched in, and in short order, a home-site was cleared for an unknown couple who were trying to piece their shattered lives back together, one step at a time. After a day of hard work, they shook hands and vowed to work again.
“After all,” he said, “this is what we do!”
He is what is known in the media as a “Union Boss.” Not the big, Mafioso looking guy, often portrayed in the media. He is the guy down the street, the one who waved at you and said, “How are you doing,” as he returned from a day’s work in “no man’s land.”
This letter was rejected for publication by the Birmingham News editorial page staff.
This is a video news story we produced back in early May, in case you missed it.
© 2011, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.