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8/30/2012 9:57:00 PM
Letter: Entitled attitude shows ingratitude

EDITOR:

After reading Al Beeson's Aug. 9 diatribe against the Holsum Bread Company, "Taking the bread from hungry mouths," I almost choked on my coffee.

Instead of thanking Holsum Bread for all their kindness and generosity over the last 20 years, Mr. Beeson, in the full throes of self-evident, self-righteous indignation, chose to denigrate the company because the owners decided to give their day-old bread to food banks in Phoenix.

Mr. Beeson writes, "The unsold bread will now leave our community, and the leadership of the Community Cupboard does not consider this either good citizenship or good business." Who does Beeson think he is to decide for others what constitutes good citizenship or good business? Beeson's arrogant sense of entitlement to other people's money is astounding.

I know this may come as a shock to Mr. Beeson, but charitable contributions are voluntary, and neither he nor the leadership of the Community Cupboard have any right to anything from anyone that is not given freely.

Nicholas J. Donsky

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: GRUNDO Dammed if You Do, Dammed if You Don't

If I ran the company I'd make bread crumbs out of the old bread and sell them for a profit.Folks that are hungry go to CASA.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Stewart yes Al spoke badly. Holsum's generosity obviously is an important component to Prescott Community Cupboard. Upon their withdrawal Al had little choice but to speak. True better words should have been chosen but keeping silent was never an option. In such matters, where bread or institutional dignity are concerned, bread wins out every time.

With many hungry folks in line he mustered the best defence possible to him. Perhaps not well but at least he tried. Would you or I fare any better?


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Stewart White

To Pastor Cheek: Your positive person wrote some very negative comments about an organization that has been, and still is very charitable. Mr. Beeson might be the caring person you describe, but perhaps he needs to learn to be more thankful and less offended. Holsumís charitable choices are really none of Mr. Beeson's concern. At least to the extent he chose to excoriate Holsum for being charitable to others without getting Beeson's approval.
It seems Beeson got off track. He assumed Holsumís charitable giving was his own. Perhaps you can remind Mr. Beeson to be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
I am sure God would love to hear Beesonís current complaint.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Actually .

I understand that Holsum Bread has reversed it's decision and the surplus bread will stay here.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Al (Beeson) MUST get the message out but using a numbered list, such as he did, was less than helpful. In light of this I can excuse Nicholas response easily.

Both of these men are good folk, it is the communication that is lacking.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Liberalism is ruining the country!

It's the whole liberal mentality, that dictates entitlement!
obama is an advocate of this with his liberal leadership policies.
obama has taken America on a path in the wrong direction, placing alot of people in soup kitchen lines.
Liberals expect things to be handed to them simply because they live in America.
Liberalism equates to laziness.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Jane Cheek

To all who have replied to Mr. Beeson's letter...he is a generous, hard-working person who spends countless hours at the Community Cupboard serving as a volunteer. He generously gives to this charity, to his church, and to other organizations in this town because he is a person who truly cares about others. I know these things to be true because I'm his pastor.

It's a shame that so many of you assume such negative things about such a positive person...if more folks cared as deeply and as sincerely - and acted on their concerns - as Al does, this town would be in much better shape.


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Foot In Mouth

Seems when you give people an inch, they take a foot and make a yard out of nothing.......human nature

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: pat obrien

Firstly, a great thanks to Holsum Bread for all of their great gifts for so many years. As for Mr. Beeson how much have you given to charity in lets say the last 10 years? I personally doubt much. Only when you give, as many other give year after year, then you can stick your "two bits" in.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Mr Donsky is obviously a newbie in town and knows nothing of the history of the "local" Holsum Bread Distributorship.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Well Spoken But LAME

Holsum is turning their back on a long-standing, 20 plus year commitment and you somehow think mr. beeson is the problem? Wow do you have much to learn. It's called respect, dude. It's called commitment to YOUR community. How dare YOU call out those who see the WRONG in Holsum's poor decision. Or do you agree with them no longer supporting the community they serve? Clearly it's their choice to do what they want, but don't act like their decisions won't affect a long-standing resource that tends to those less fortunate. Personally, I have ZERO respect for the Holsum guys - THEY are the ones acting privileged and irresponsibly. If you dealt with them personally you would know that they are arrogant, backwards, and selfish. I'd replace them if a suitable merchant could be found but am forced to use them. ...

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: An American

Well said Nicholas, thank you..

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Wonders Never Cease

Right on, Mr. Donsky! I seem to remember a similar story a few years ago when Bill Gates announced he was giving (I think) a billion dollars to various charities. Immediately, there was whining in the media by some that dismissed him as greedy because he "only" offered a billion! Hey, a billion here and a billion there adds up to real money after while...

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012
Article comment by: Hog Feed

So, were does the bread go?



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