A Special Little Guy


One of the first items I check when reading my Times is the obituaries. I enjoy reading of the successful and often interesting lives of the deceased. Although American obits don’t generally measure up to the British newspapers’ creativity in this field, The Times June 24 obituary on little Mattie was wonderful (“Matthew ‘Mattie’ Stepanek, 13; Poet, Peacemaker”). What a special little guy this was; he did so much to bring us all a message of love and peace. I couldn’t help but contrast this angel on Earth with the monsters who kill strangers simply to enhance their standing in street gangs, or to the terrorists in Iraq who behead innocent people to make a political statement. Mattie’s eyes were so full of light; theirs appear completely devoid of light.

Robert J. Evans

Santa Monica