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March 28, 2009

Thank you, Jose and Ken

I was driving on Quivira recently when I heard and felt a loud bang. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a rock fly to the side of the road. Then I heard a loud roar so I stopped at the light at 77th Street. I got out of my van and discovered I had a flat tire. I parked in the strip mall in front of a Laundromat.

I am 65 years old and learned how to change a tire when I was 16, but vehicles are different now.

There was a man sitting on a bench in front of me named Jose. He offered to put my doughnut tire on for me. A man named Ken who worked at the Laundromat helped Jose. I was nervous because Ken said he was not supposed to be exerting himself.

Then Ken gave me $20 to give to Jose because I had only a few dollars with me. Ken wouldn’t take any money for his heroic efforts. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness to these two men who helped me. I was just a stranger in trouble.

Thank you, Ken and Jose. You are an example of wonderful people.

Coleen Oberle
Overland Park



Since it's unlikely that "Jose in Johnson County" is a "good American", patriotic Jose is probably going to pocket the entire $20 until he can hurry off to Western Union and wire $10 of it back home for redistribution to his family in Oaxaca.


That is rare someone is that kind without some sort of strings attached. Good Americans right there. Hopefully the government won't feel entitled to take half of the $20 Jose earned, although is Jose were patriotic by definition of the current administration, he would fork over at least 410 of that to be redistributed to someone that makes poor fiscal decisions.

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