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Letter: We should help our fellow countrymen

Posted: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

There seems to be something very wrong with us.

When it comes to helping people of other countries deal with disasters, we are generous and caring, and we give. We give as a government, and we give as private citizens. We give and give and give. Americans are indeed generous.

A case in point is our actions after the recent disaster in Japan. Everywhere you looked, there were groups and organizations collecting donations to help the Japanese people.

That’s a fine and humane thing to do, but it’s a sad fact that we fail to show the same compassion for disaster victims in our own country.

I do not see those the same groups and organizations collecting donations for the flood victims in Mississippi or the tornado victims in Alabama. Perhaps there is the idea that the government will take care of them, but the hard reality is that what the government can do is not nearly enough.

As private citizens, shouldn’t we care as much about our own countrymen as we do about the Japanese people? Of course we should, but I don’t see it. Where are all those groups and organizations that worked so hard for the Japanese?

Of course, there is the Red Cross, but that, too, is not enough.

I’m afraid this is just another example of how we Americans help in foreign lands while ignoring the needs of our countrymen.


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