I would like to thank you for providing a platform for Chad Smith to display his encouraging words on the Health page (Aug. 22) in reference to “stay in the fight.”
I am an inmate at MCTC. I’ve written poems, short stories and songs of encouragement. I’m also in the process of writing a book called “The Message.” There are a lot of messages in the book, but the main message is “no matter what you’ve been through, are going through or are about to go through in life, you can be a success as long as you turn your life over to the care of God and let Him guide you.”
Mr. Smith’s words reassured me that I am on the right path. As an inmate, hearing words of encouragement is very hard to come by. Even though others rarely use them, I constantly do. And yes, I get discouraged because I’m impatient (I’m working on that). But whenever a negative feeling or thought occurs, God always seems to show me a sign that I am out of place and gives me the opportunity to fall back in place.
It is very important that society knows that words of encouragement can make a big difference in someone’s life. Make it natural to use them. Yes, I know that everyone might not be encouraged by my words. That’s life. But as long as I’m doing what God has chosen for me to do, I’m serving my purpose.
Nicholas Fernandez Jr.
Items lost in traffic accident sought
To the editor:
My father, Ray Linebaugh, was killed Feb. 28 in an accident on Interstate 70 involving his pickup truck and a tour bus. I am trying to recover several personal items that were lost in the accident.
I am hoping to find or speak to anyone who might have seen the black leather truck bed cover, a wooden cane and a steel bucket shovel that were in the vehicle that day.
If anyone has information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appreciate any help in trying to recover these items.