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LETTER: Framingham Man Thanks Boston Politician for His 'Samaritan Deeds'

MacDonald: "There are many examples of politicians who get negative press for doing terrible things. However, here's an an example of a selfless act of kindness that has truly touched me."

I met (Boston City Councilor) Felix (Arroyo) and his lovely wife Jasmine for the first time Thursday. It was not under the best of circumstances, considering I was splayed out on the sidewalk on Longwood Avenue after crashing my bicycle.

I live in Framingham, and my wife is at a Boston hospital recovering from surgery.

I'm also participating in the Pan Mass Challenge, which is on Aug 4.

So, as a way to both get a training ride in, as well as to be able to spend more time with my wife, I decided to ride into Boston.

As I was coming down Longwood Ave., I crashed my bike into the sidewalk. Felix was in a car behind me, and he stopped to see if I was ok. He could see that I was a bit shaken up, and also, that I had cuts and scrapes on my arms so he used my water bottle to clean off the dirt on my arms. He then asked if he could help me get to where I was going, and so I told him about where I was going, and why. He then put my bike in his car, and graciously offered to take me. Jasmine was very sweet, and very empathetic as well.

When we got to the hospital, and I thanked him for his Samaritan deeds, he told me who he is.

There are many examples of politicians who get negative press for doing terrible things. However, here's an an example of a selfless act of kindness that has truly touched me.

My family has had a difficult journey over the past several months, and for Felix and Jasmine to do what they did for me is truly appreciated.

Thank you Felix. 


Tim MacDonald

Denise Zadina July 07, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Nice story. I feel that "some press" prefer to cover the dirt on politicians, rather than the good they do.
Tim MacDonald July 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Maybe we should take more time to extend ourselves to one another. Maybe we should stop and help. Maybe it's not so bad to reach out and comfort one another. And maybe it's not so bad after all when we have each other to rely upon.
Susan Petroni (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Tim: I agree 100%!!
Jim Rizoli July 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The media print the bad because people in general don't want to hear the good especially if the politician is not the one they will vote for. If you're for Obama do you want to hear anything good about Romney, and visa versa. So this all becomes very political. The media will get the best press out on the one they are behind. If they like you there will be nice stories of what you do if they hate you, all your high school pranks and sexual escapades will be front news. Back to the article.....I think most people would of done what he did. People are generally caring but sometimes they act badly. But the bad is what you here. jim@ccfiile.com
Jim Rizoli July 08, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The media print the bad because people in general don't want to hear the good especially if the politician is not the one they will vote for. If you're for Obama do you want to hear anything good about Romney, and visa versa. So this all becomes very political. The media will get the best press out on the one they are behind. If they like you there will be nice stories of what you do if they hate you, all your high school pranks and sexual escapades will be front news. Back to the article.....I think most people would of done what he did. People are generally caring but sometimes they act badly. But the bad is what you hear. jim@ccfiile.com

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