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Kingman Column: Your guide to good deeds

Ever come across a name that sounds familiar but you can't put it in context?

That happened when the Miner received an event notice online from Brittany Pareses. I've searched the archives and my memory and have drawn blanks.

In the future, though, I'll think of that name and associate it with good deeds.

Her message:

"My name is Brittany Pareses, my husband and I grew up in Kingman but currently reside in Germany with the military. Our local hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, is where injured soldiers in Afghanistan are flown for treatment. I've started a project, Operation Admiration, in hopes to boost recovering soldiers' spirits. Sometimes all a soldier needs to hear is that someone is thankful for what they are doing and had to sacrifice. If you'd like to contribute a letter, or donate a care package, please email your letter to operationadmiration@gmail.com.

"I print out the letters and hand deliver them to the soldiers. Thank you!"

If you've got some time on your hands and a computer hooked up to the Internet at your disposal, a few words from the heart would be welcome. Here's a sample, and feel free to borrow from it if you think it's worthy:

"Dear Wounded Warrior:

"Although what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan seldom makes the news, the men and women serving there and the sacrifices they make for their country have not been forgotten.

"I want you to know how much I appreciate and admire what you have done. You have answered the call and honored the tradition of service to the United States, risking your own personal safety in the process.

"Thank you again and know that I am praying for your recovery.

"Sincerely, (don't forget to add your name)."

Let's show Brittany that Kingman cares.

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Speaking of good deeds, the Miner has noted the ongoing struggles of the Kingman Food Bank and is lending a hand - with your help.

If you renew your subscription for a minimum of six months, the Miner will donate $10 to the food bank.

Many of you read the news that St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance has increased its help to the Kingman food bank by 140,000 additional pounds of food each month. That's huge, but it doesn't mean those of us who can help don't need to.

It would be great if the food bank had bell ringers just like the Salvation Army does at the holidays. But since they don't, let the Miner throw the Kingman Area Food Bank a 10-spot on your behalf.

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Here's one conversation that won't be heard in the Miner newsroom prior to the Aug. 28 primary election.

Angry red-faced candidate: This letter to the editor says I haven't paid my taxes in 10 years. Now it's too late for me to get a letter in saying that's not true.

Me: What's the big deal? Harry Reid repeats the same lie about Mitt Romney and no one gets excited.

The reason we won't be having that conversation, or anything remotely close to it, is because we have ceased publication of letters from candidates and letters for and against specific candidates. The policy applies to county offices such as the supervisor races, as well as the state House and Senate races.

The race for president isn't included, which means that readers are going to skip to the end to make sure they don't read yet another letter from - A) Lori Gabriel-Dane or; B) Linda Athens - and possibly have to commit themselves.

And if Danny Baker doesn't send in another letter soon, I'll forget to use that "Romney not perfect" headline I've been saving for the occasion.

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I couldn't help the caller. She wanted to submit an unsigned letter because she doesn't want to harm her business.

The letter, she said, might anger a few of her customers.

I had to ask what issues she was talking about and she told me. Why, she asked, is it against the rules to raise five chickens in town when it's OK for the neighbor's dogs to bark all night?

I don't have a good answer to that one. None are available, in my opinion.

Her second question - and especially her reaction to it - is worth repeating. She noted that recently members of the Council had discussed how many disabled cars - shielded from the public's view - could be kept on a property. The answer is, apparently, three. But why, she asked, is the number of disabled cars the city's business if no one but the owner can see them?

Too bad she doesn't want to sign a letter to the editor. That means there's no chance she'll spread some common sense with a regular column.