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  •  I was so glad to see this diary. (22+ / 0-)

    I've spent several hours now being overwhelmed by Mr. Ramsey's actions.  He didn't stop to evaluate what risk may have been behind that door.  He did not act to preserve his own self-interest.  He heard a plea for help and he reacted with the fullness of his heart.  In doing so, he improved lives.

    As tragic as the circumstances were here, and I fear there may be worse details to come, Mr. Ramsey's actions shine out as a beacon of hope.  Not only did he stop the immediate pain and terror for those captives, he teaches us all a lesson by his example.  One person can make an enormous difference by getting involved.

    Mr. Ramsey didn't turn away, he did not decide it wasn't his problem, he did not judge who requested help; he simply responded to a need.  Now, if only we could all emulate his actions and apply them throughout our lives, it would be a better world indeed.

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:38:15 PM PDT

    •  right.And when we here Ramsey thought it was (8+ / 0-)

      a domestic violence issue, we can be more impressed.

      We hear that he was friendly with the kidnapper...they'd had barbeques and listened to music. He'd had no idea about the women.

      Yet even though he liked the kidnapper well enough he was a caring enough mensch of a person to check it out when a woman was in distress even though it might be a domestic incident.

      I'm impressed, Mr. Ramsey, that you didn't look the other way and cared enough to look into it.

    •  Explaining the cops (2+ / 0-)
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      white blitz, MaikeH

      Police hate, really hate domestic violence situations. They never know what they are going to walk into , often the battered person turns on them.

      So- thinking what was going on was a domestic violence situation (hey, Ramsey thought so at first) the cops did the minimum. No noise- ok, the couple has calmed down and we can get out of here. Naked women in the back yard? Some people have weird relationships.

      This tragegy should be a call to action for police training on handling domestic violence situations.

    •  Kitty Genovese (1+ / 0-)
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      ... might still be alive today if she had had a neighbor like Charles Ramsey.

      261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

      by MaikeH on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:11:52 PM PDT

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