Thank you. Simple but much appreciated words. The Spokesman-Review recognizes that thanking others is one way to help people cope with crisis. So, for the next several days, we will provide space on our letters pages to publish many of the more than 100 thank-you letters we received.
Here’s a sampling of the thanks from those in our region:
Going beyond call of duty
First of all, my thanks go out to all of the utility workers who have been going above and beyond the call of duty to get, and keep, everything up and running. There is one person in particular I want to recognize - my dad, Ray Kincheloe. Even though my dad retired from WWP in 1992, he has been working 16-hour days since last Thursday helping the WWP crews.
I love my dad more than I can express, but I always tell him that. What I don’t tell him is how proud I am of him. I want to send a thank-you to my dad. He has worked longer, harder days in this last week than he has worked in years. He showed me once again what a special person he is.
Kristi Haney/Post Falls
Five days of bonding
I want to thank my parents, June and Lloyd Lamb, who provided both a physical and emotional shelter in the time of a storm for myself, my two children and son-in-law. Through five days of close bonding, my children were able to experience their grandparents’ unconditional love and support - just as it was given to me growing up. They were up at 5 a.m. sending us on our way to work with love and encouragement. Thank you mom and dad for showing by example what love really means.
Sharing the power
Thank you to Rande Lindner of Cheney, who used his eight surplus generators to help eight or more families without power. Rande, a member of Cheney United Methodist Church, not only supplied the generators at no cost, but also serviced them and moved them on to new families when power was restored to some of the homes.
Rande sees his helping as a mission, and he was disappointed he did not have more generators on hand when the ice storm hit. He earns thanks not only for his help, but for the example he sets for all of us.
L. George Abrams/Cheney