DEAR ABBY: We have read your column for years, with its examples of acts of kindness and references to Iowa hospitality. This letter is about that hospitality.
During the week of Aug. 16-22, I was visiting my terminally ill aunt in Waterloo, Iowa. I am severely hearing-impaired. One of my hearing aids shorted out and left me virtually unable to use the telephone. I contacted several hearing aid offices before finding help. The person who came to my aid was an audiologist named Ron Potter.
When I contacted Ron and explained my situation to him, he came to my motel and inspected my hearing aid, but was unable to make the required repairs. He took me to his shop and fitted me with a loaner hearing aid. When I asked about my bill, he said, "No charge. Just mail the aid back when you get home."
I was in a state of shock. I couldn't believe that someone was trusting me, a complete stranger, with an item worth several hundred dollars. I mean, no deposit, no ID check, nothing! I persuaded him to make a copy of my driver's license and let me buy him lunch.
Yes, Abby, there are some good people left in this world. What really made me feel even better is the fact that I am black and Ron is white. Yes, we CAN get along! -- DIAMOND B. BEARD JR., SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
DEAR DIAMOND: Although it may be out of season, I'm sure Ron Potter will be thrilled to see your "valentine" in the newspaper. And, may I add -- your letter made my day!