(Orange, Texas)


September 28, 2011

People do still care

ORANGE — It has been great to realize and learn there are still good people in this world.

My father-in-law has been under the care of health officials at MD Anderson in Houston for several weeks and my wife, Heather, and I have been staying at the hospital since Monday.

There is no harder times in life than times like these and a family needs all the support they can get.

Being in the news business I have been bombarded by seeing stories of war, terrorism and crime for many years. The stories have filled many spaces in this very newspaper.

Let me tell everyone there are still good people around who truly care no matter if they know your name or not.

The staff at MD Anderson has been more than gracious and caring for my family at a time when we needed it the most.

MD Anderson has some of the most understanding nurses and doctors I have encountered in my life.

This opinion piece is not to be taken as an advertisement for the hospital considering I hope nobody reading this has to even be here in the first place.

What I have intended to do is to remind all of you being courteous and polite is still the best policy this world needs to have in place.

None of us are better than the other and no matter what walk of life you come from, take care of each other. Say hello and thank you like parents taught us to do when we were young kids.

We never know what a person is going through when we pass them on the street and a simple "Hello" or "How are you" can brighten a person's day.

Gabriel Pruett is the editor of The Orange Leader. He can be reached at or at (409)721-2818.

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