To The Editor,

I have subscribed to The Review for a few months now and, quite frankly, I think it is one of the finest local newspapers out there and, believe me, I have seen plenty of local newspapers.

In addition to the local news, event announcements and local business profiles (which have given us plenty of information for our next trip to the area later this month), I also enjoy reading Ms. Sproule’s editorials and the insights they contain. They are, all in all, measured in their tone, reasonable, and wise.

And the July 28 edition of The Review featured an editorial by her, entitled ‘All of our choices’, and it struck me as being an especially fine piece of writing. After looking at the issue of choice from a number of perspectives, Ms. Sproule offers us some advice about the choices we make, and the impact that they can have. I could not agree more. Small choices, such as holding a door or smiling at someone on the street who looks a bit sad can, indeed, make a difference. And choices about big things can have even larger impacts.

For example, that same edition carried a story about the Champlain Public Library receiving a grant from the Sarah Badgley Literacy Fund to create Discovery Kits. The fund was named to honor the memory of a three-year-old girl who lost her life in an automobile accident in 2001. Sarah Rosalind Badgley was our daughter.

After her passing, my wife and I could have chosen to withdraw, shut ourselves off from the world, and become inward-looking in our grief. We could have also decided to become bitter and angry over our loss. Instead, we decided to do something positive and, since Sarah loved books and wanted nothing more than to learn to read and write, we decided to create the literacy fund for rural Ontario children in her name.

To date, well more than 75 grants have been made to public libraries throughout the province. If even a few children in each of those libraries develop or maintain a love of reading as a result of these efforts, then we believe that we have done something positive that will make a difference in their lives (and in the lives of others).

I believe that Sarah would be very proud of the fund, and it only came about as a result of a choice that we made after she died. I think it was an important decision, and that this example supports Ms. Sproule’s point about how the choices we make matter, both at the moment that they are made and, sometimes, long afterwards.

Yours sincerely,

Kerry Badgley, Kemptville