Like George Smith, I have a great deal to be thankful for this holiday season (“George Smith: Despite my illness, there’s a lot to celebrate,” Dec. 19). I am thankful that he is still able to share his wisdom and kind soul with our community. He sets an example we can all hope to emulate.

I am very glad that his community is responding to his needs so well. I am not surprised. He is the kind of person who makes it easy to want to help and I am grateful for the people who do. Were the situation reversed, Smith would be doing the same.

Smith set an example in his working life that is sorely missed today. Having been an observer of his work on behalf of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I can testify to his high ethical standard. He was the kind of Republican my grandfather would have held as an example of the best in “the Grand Old Party” of Lincoln.

I hope that he will continue to offer his example of how we should all live our public life. Our challenges would be smaller if we followed his example.

Dean Crocker

Manchester, Maine and Estero, Florida

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