Jim Krumel: Living in a world where honesty prevails

By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@civitasmedia.com

Jim Krumel

Jim Krumel

Judy Birkemeyer didn’t think anything about it.

She called Wednesday to say she had a problem with “her Lima News.”

“I got to looking at my checking account statements, and for months I’ve been receiving the newspaper for free. I need to take care of that,” the 78-year-old Lima woman stated.

And thus began a great conversation that made a Wednesday afternoon seem all so right.

I thanked her for being so honest, noting a lot of people wouldn’t have done that, to which she politely disagreed.

“I think more people are honest than we give credit to,” she said. “People just tend to remember the bad occasions more. I guess that’s human nature.”

She never thought twice about calling about the missing payments, explaining, “I watch my money closely. If I get wrongly charged for something, I want my money returned. On the same token, if I owe something, I pay it. I don’t want someone else’s money.”

I liked the fact that she referred to The Lima News as “her Lima News.” In my book, there’s not a greater compliment for a newspaper than a reader taking ownership. We talked quite a bit about “her newspaper” and the city she’s called home all of her life.

She told me she enjoyed the Reminisce feature on Wednesdays.

“The one the other day about Chiles Funeral Home got me thinking. Did you know at one time it was the funeral homes that provided all the ambulance services for a city? That would be a great Reminisce feature for you.”

Another suggestion was to list some of the business slogans of current and past merchants. One of her favorites belonged to the former Binkel Cleaners, which said: “If your clothes are not becoming to you, they should be coming to us.”

She was also touched by the story about Chinise Brown, a Lima first-grader who calmly called 911 after her grandmother became dizzy and fell in her bathroom, striking her head on the bathtub and knocking herself unconscious. As Chinise waited for the ambulance, she got her grandmother a towel and placed it on the wound, and then rode in the ambulance on the way to St. Rita’s Medical Center with paramedics and her grandmother. She filled them in on every detail she could think of on the trip.

“That little girl was so smart. I’m going to send her a card with a little something in it,” Birkemeyer said.

After our conversation ended, I hopped on the all-knowing Internet to see if Birkemeyer was correct about most people being honest. For every study I found that gave it a high five, there was another that said huh-uh.

All I know is that I would rather live in Birkemeyer’s world.

ROSES AND THORNS: A grandmother gets a special spot in the rose garden.

Rose: To Jackie Wilson, of Lima. The 63-year-old woman adopted three children, ages 11, 10 and 9, of the same family to keep them together. She already has 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rose: Two deceased Vietnam veterans from the area — Kenneth Lambert, of Ottawa, and Michael McLane, of Kenton — will be inducted Saturday into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund In Memory Program, which honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, but are not eligible for inscription on the wall. The ceremony will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Rose: To former Lima resident Ramona Music McCormick, who was featured on the PBS broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert. She represented all of the nurses who waded ashore at Anzio during World War II.

Thorn: Derrick D. Wilson, 32, of Lima, managed to escape Lima police officers Friday while his hands were cuffed behind his back and after he was hit by a shot from a taser gun. Prior to his escape, Wilson was arrested for domestic violence.

PARTING SHOT: Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

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Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

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