GOODNESS abounds. Really, it does. That can be difficult to remember when we read about, or watch endlessly on the Internet or cable news networks, a highway patrol trooper scuffling with a paramedic during a traffic stop. Or two kids trying to rob a pharmacy at gunpoint in a stunt that proves fatal for one.
Yet there is goodness all around. Allow us to cite just two examples in the Oklahoma City area. A few weeks ago, the men and women who deliver the mail to our doors each day asked that Oklahomans leave a little something for them, too. Food. The "Stamp Out Hunger” drive is part of an annual nationwide effort by the U.S. Postal Service. Locally, the drive benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which provides food for pantries and food banks across central and western Oklahoma. The depressed economy has increased demand on the Regional Food Bank. At the same time, it has left many of us looking for ways to cut back and save. So food bank officials could be excused if they were concerned about potential response to this year’s drive. Yet when the final cans were counted, the food bank had exceeded its goal. There were 679,766 pounds of food collected and $580,394 raised. That’s enough to provide nearly 4.6 million meals. "We are continually amazed by Oklahomans’ generosity,” Rodney Bivens, the food bank’s executive director, said Wednesday on these pages. "Lives are being changed by simple acts of providing food to a child, a senior or a struggling family.” Dr.