Sainted & Tainted: I don’t know what I would have done without their help

30January 2021

Sainted

On Jan. 17 I was walking my dog and riding my handicap scooter. I have a difficult time walking with the ice and snow covering the sidewalk. Somehow I fell off my scooter onto the sidewalk. I couldn’t get on my feet.

A car traveling east on 11th Street behind the Target store passed me by, made a U-turn on 11th Street and came back and helped me get back on the scooter.

I would like to thank them for their kindness.

I don’t know what I would have done without their help.

They are the kind of people who make America America.

DeWayne Rubedor, North St. Paul

 

Sainted

In this unique time of the pandemic and divisiveness in our country, it is important to recognize and give thanks to those who truly embrace the spirit of kindness.

Such was our experience this past Saturday when we went to Rochester for my COVID vaccination. Since I had recent cancer surgery, I was grateful to procure a last-minute on-line vaccination appointment at the Rochester Willow Creek Middle School pilot site. We drove down from St. Paul as darkness descended and the snowstorm started.

Just off Highway 52 our car ran out of gas. I left my wife with the car and began literally running to the school. A kind couple in a red SUV (sadly I never got their names) picked me up, drove me to the school and insisted on waiting for me. Once inside, despite my tardiness, I was treated extremely kindly and professionally by the team of nurses and staff.

Upon hearing my sad tale of travel events, Officer Al Arzola went to check on my wife, brought her back to the school, where she was treated warmly by the staff and given a vaccination as well. Officer Arzola took me to get gas and made sure that I was able to safely return to the school.

At each point of the afternoon’s stressful “adventures,” we encountered people who were kind and caring beyond their duties. They truly personify “Minnesota Nice.” I am sorry that I don’t have all their names to thank them personally, but we are forever grateful for those good people who acted with remarkable acts of kindness in these challenging times. Despite multiple technical and administrative difficulties, those administrating the vaccinations are providing commendable first-class services and deserve our admiration and thanks.

Jay Coonan, St. Paul
The writer is a retired physician

 

Sainted

Congratulations to whoever designed the new roundabouts at Rice Street and I-694.

Three sets of stop lights were eliminated along with long wait times — sometimes four or five signal changes!

Once everyone learned how to navigate the roundabouts, traffic flows quickly and efficiently.

Rick Halverson, Vadnais Heights

 

Tainted

The Covid lottery eliminated people with serious health conditions to receive a Covid vaccine shot with the same group of teachers, child care workers, etc. This could be a possible death threat for persons with serious health conditions.

Mark Neid, St. Paul

 

Tainted

On Jan 25, I sold two guns to Cabela’s. Fortunately these had not been stolen during a home robbery I experienced last November. Haven’t used them in years so it was time for them to be gone.

After the sale I (not smart) put the money in my front pocket where I keep my phone. Walking to the car I received a phone call, the money came out with the phone, actually very near the main entrance to Cabela’s. I came back 10 minutes later after realizing what I had done. GONZO!!

A severe tainted to the person who pocketed six $50 bills! I feel like I have been robbed twice now. Tainted to me for being so careless.

Arnold Hedberg, Woodbury

 

Sainted

A few days ago I was standing in line to pay for my groceries, the women behind me was holding her items, I told her to go ahead of me. When I went to pay for my groceries she had given the cashier $20 to apply to my bill.

What a wonderful surprise, that was so kind of you, I will pay it forward. God bless you.

Karen Bollmann, Woodbury

 

Sainted

We were happy to be able to sit down at Perkins restaurant Saturday, Jan. 23, and eat inside. Much to our surprise the waitress said our food was already paid for by a secret person, so all I can say is THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Leonard & Harriet Dolny, St. Paul

 

Tainted

The weekly requirement to sign up for a Covid vaccine appointment.

The current process that requires someone to have to sign up every week if you do not get a COVID vaccine appointment is epic failure. The state has created a “life lottery”.

Pretend for a moment you are like my parents, ages 78 and 79.  You barely have computer skills. Imagine trying to navigate a website and successfully submitting an online form week after week trying to get a lifesaving vaccine. Even if you are lucky enough to get through the waitlist to sign up, you will screw it up and miss out on a chance to sign up and get a vaccine. I have already blocked off my work calendar every Tuesday from noon to 12:30 pm for the next three months to try to get them signed up.

The phone number to call is is constantly busy and is barely a better option for our elderly population.

Solution: Stop making people sign up every week. Instead, create a onetime vaccine request form that is submitted into a state vaccine register list. One form per person or one form per married couple. I and others would only have to help our elders one time to register and they will be entered into the vaccine program.

Distribution: Sort the distribution list from oldest to youngest. Give out vaccines by age, oldest to youngest. Assign a day and time in the location(s) they will go to. Give a person 24 hours to accept or decline the appointment. Accept, you will get a vaccine. Decline, you remain at the top of the list for the following week. Fill any declined appointments with the next oldest in cue. Continue until all available vaccines for the week are filled with appointments.

This is a fair system for all as age does not discriminate against sex or color.  Our oldest and most vulnerable get the vaccine first.

Mike Fallon, Inver Grove Heights

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