This one small gesture can help others get through the coronavirus crisis

Accepting a credit instead of demanding a refund can save someone’s life savings, health insurance, or home.

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A woman in a face mask walks past a “Wash Your Hands” sign after buying groceries in Oak Park.

A woman in a face mask walks past a “Wash Your Hands” sign after buying groceries in Oak Park.

AP Photo/Martha Irvine

What you can do, right now, is not demand a refund and accept a credit.

Like many, I have paid for memberships to gyms, to classes, to the zoo and museums and made deposits for events. As a parent, I have prepaid for my son’s spring and summer activities, and for his school. Rather than demanding a refund, I am gratefully accepting any credit that I might be given.

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Though I could be much better off with a refund, I know that by accepting a credit I am saving someone’s life savings, someone’s health insurance, someone’s home, providing food for a family, and perhaps saving someone’s life. I am choosing to live as a citizen of Chicago — better yet a citizen of the world.

We are all in this together and the little or a lot we can do for each other, could literally mean life and death for another. So before you ask for a refund, think of the person you want to be and the example you want to be for your children. I would rather be generous at this time of need than selfish and choosing to look out for myself and only my family.

Edward Kang, Humboldt Park

Twisting the facts on Trump

In your editorial “Saving the economy is secondary to saving lives during pandemic”, you definitely got your facts twisted. The editorial stated that the WHO warned that the United States is on the brink of becoming the global epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak because of a “very large acceleration of infections” here. That statement is true. But then you write that “Yet there is the president, hours later, demanding that the nation’s economy be opened up for business by Easter, less than three weeks away.” 

Well, that is fake news. Let’s not call it fake news, let’s call it what is. It is a fabrication, a twisting of words, which is what the mainstream media constantly does when it comes to President Trump. What he said is “I really hope we can start to open things up by Easter.”

I know that because I watched the news conference where he said it. He did not demand. I think the president is an egotistical narcissist. So do most people. Everyone knows that. He says enough stupid things because that’s his personality. There is no need to lie about what he says, you can probably find something stupid he said that is the truth. 

John LaBrant, Norwood Park

If candidates for president of the FOP want to close the Police Stations the should change the motto from “We Serve and Protect” to “I was affraid for my life. Come back later.”

Melanie Wojtulewicz, West Lawn

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