Whatever your political persuasion, chances are that you are like most others across the country when it comes to your feelings about politicians: You don't think very highly of them. A Gallup poll from last November found that members of Congress had the second-lowest perceived ethics and honesty of any profession in the United States. (Only car salesmen are perceived as more dishonest.)
But, hark! There's hope! In recent months Newark, N.J., Democratic Mayor Cory Booker has drawn national attention for his random acts of kindness -- most recently rescuing a dog from the freezing winter weather. And today we learned that Booker's got competition from our own 14th District State Rep. Ryan Haynes, a Farragut Republican, who rescued the wallet of a random stranger IN HEAVY TRAFFIC and then delivered it to her house in person! The letter to the editor reads:
Lynn Dell McKinney, KnoxvilleOn Jan. 7, I took my mother for an appointment in Farragut. After getting her in the car, I had to put her walker into the back seat area and laid my billfold on the trunk while getting the walker in. Yes, I drove off without getting my billfold. I took my mother home, went to the grocery store and realized my purse was not heavy enough. Looking in it, I knew immediately what I had done. After retracing my drive and finding nothing, I headed home to get busy canceling credit cards and notifying numerous agencies.Before I arrived, my uncle called to let me know some "nice young man" was at his house with my billfold. He was Ryan Haynes, state representative for the 14th District. He had not only pulled off Kingston Pike in a heavy traffic area, he had gone around picking up money, pictures and papers that had been run over and were blowing everywhere. He went out of his way and put himself in a dangerous situation to gather my belongings.We think the worst when we do something like this, but it is honest and caring people like Haynes who help restore our faith in our fellow citizens and neighbors. I know this is one good deed that will never be forgotten by my family and me.
Good work, Rep. Haynes. We can only pray, as the 108th General Assembly swings into high gear in the next few weeks, that your spontaneous kindness rubs off on some other legislators.