Dear Andy:I'm sorry to be so late in answering your letter but as you know I've been in China and found your letter here upon my return.Your application for disaster relief has been duly noted but I must point out one technical problem; the authority declaring the disaster is supposed to make the request. In this case your mother.However setting that aside I'll have to point out the larger problem of available funds. This has been a year of disasters, 539 hurricanes as of May 4th and several more since, numerous floods, forest fires, drought in Texas and a number of earthquakes. What I'm getting at is that funds are dangerously low.May I make a suggestion? This administration, believing that government has done many things that could better be done by volunteers at the local level, has sponsored a Private Sector Initiative program, calling upon people to practice voluntarism in the solving of a number of local problems.Your situation appears to be a natural. I'm sure your mother was fully justified in proclaiming your room a disaster. Therefore you are in an excellent position to launch another volunteer program to go along with the more than 3,000 already underway in our nation—congratulations.Give my best regards to your mother.Sincerely, Ronald Reagan—From Reagan: A Life in Letters
I hadn't seen that and wondered if you had..........terrific, isn't it? What a MAN; this shows what we're so lacking these days, and it shows it on so many levels.
First, He answered at all.
He was sympathetic
He was encouraging and kind
He was clear and honest
He was educational
He understood the limits of a budget
He recommended the boy help HIMSELF
There's even a mention of the law Bush followed after Katrina, remember? That law for which he got blasted for following?
Thanks, Mr. Reagan........if only you could come back.
Z and her buddies at geeeez