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Mar. 24, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

Support local shop with global impact

A few days ago, I made a discovery in downtown Huntington. As a police officer, I discover a lot of things that aren't good, but this was different.

At 415 9th St., the Lamb's Gate Market is a non-profit shop selling handmade crafts and goods from developing countries, places once called the "third world." The workers are volunteers, and profits from sales go to an orphanage in Nicaragua. There are pictures of the children, and things they made.

It's a place full of wonderful things, and wonderful ideas, like: if you do good work, you get a fair wage. The artisans who make the items sold there get fair pay. The idea that small farms count big is also promoted, as fair trade teas and coffee are also sold there.

Go see for yourself. Talk to the wonderful staff and hear their stories. Buy something for someone you care about. When purchased from this store, a gift just keeps giving.

Do you remember when the government said that some businesses were just too big to fail? Huntington, this one is too small to fail. If every little light of care goes out in a city, or a country, or the world, we will all be left sitting alone in the dark.

Do something about that today, while the sun is still shining....

Michael Adkins

Huntington

Injured driver questions insurance

On Feb. 12, you covered a story about a drunk driver causing a severe accident in the 1900 block of Madison Avenue and the 4-year-old boy who was taken to the intensive care unit. I pray that child is safe and sound. You failed to report on the driver of the other vehicle that was struck from behind and taken to the hospital as well.

I am the driver of the other vehicle. I was hit from behind by a drunk driver without insurance.

I sustained injuries in the accident. I am a working man who cannot afford health insurance. I do, however, have insurance on my motor vehicle, including uninsured motorist. The hospital released me since none of my injuries was life threatening as that is all they are required to do since I do not have health insurance.

I have been in constant pain since the accident, and even though I have uninsured motorist coverage through my car insurance company, not one single doctor in the Huntington area is willing to see me and bill for the services. They say it is too great a risk of them not being paid.

The state requires we have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, but no one will accept it. What is an honest working man supposed to do when his life is abruptly altered by someone who chooses not to play by the rules?

Mike Lowry

Huntington

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