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In a recent edition, Elissa Silverman, whose fascinating Loose Lips feature is probably the best of its kind in the nation, showed that she also has a discerning eye for bargains with her excellent article on the popularity of Rodman’s Discount Food and Drugs (“Heaven on the Cheap,” 4/25).

Besides the bargains cited by Silverman, over the years I have saved thousands of dollars just by buying most of my fruits and vegetables at Rodman’s Wisconsin Avenue store in Friendship Heights, D.C.

Rodman’s employees are not only efficient, but also friendly, so in addition to saving money by shopping there, I also had many pleasant experiences.

Years ago, I met owner Leonard Rodman at a reception given by the Friendship Place Community Resource Center, where I believe he served on the board. The center coordinates various services for homeless persons.

He was a strong, charismatic, and caring executive, and I was shocked and saddened to read of his death. To me, his legacy should be: “He cared about people.” Leonard Rodman will be missed greatly, for he was not only an enterprising business leader, but also a generous humanitarian.

Cathedral Heights