Opinion

Through tragedy and disaster, goodness shines

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most religions have some version of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Jesus spoke those words in the book of Matthew, but similar proverbs are common in other religions. The Dalai Lama encourages followers of Buddhism to practice compassion. The Quran instructs Muslims to “strive as in a race to good deeds.” The Talmud states Jews are to be compassionate children of compassionate ancestors.

It’s no surprise, then, that so many good-hearted West Virginians have turned out in droves to help victims of last week’s floods. Residents have donated cleaning supplies and more to thousands of displaced families, and those donations continue to pour in. Churches, schools and even The Greenbrier resort are offering facilities for victims to sleep and shower. Health clinics near the flood zones are offering free tetanus shots and other medical care.

Marshall University’s football team collected enough items to fill a tractor trailer…

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