Letter to the editor: Other nations need our help

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Other nations need our help

Received June 26

After World War II, the U.S. progressed in science, technology, economics and even landed on the moon.

We have been moving forward with great achievements and progress since this time, while it seems that many other nations are falling further behind.

Over 3 million children die each year in developing countries due to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation alone. We are at the point in history where itís easier to put a man on the moon than provide clean drinking water for children.

Less than 1 percent of the federal budget goes toward foreign aid and assisting the worldís poor. Itís OK for others around the world to have clean water, food and proper medical care; this isnít just available for a select few countries.

There are many ways to help those in developing countries, whether itís donating, volunteering or even educating yourself and others on global issues. Just like any great leader, we must strive for the best for those who are dependent upon us. And just like any great leader, we must be able to balance our own minor difficulties to help those who are in need of major assistance.

While it may seem that, as a nation, we have plenty to handle, others still need our help. Our own struggles donít even compete with those who are suffering from mass starvation and famine. We canít prioritize who lives and who dies based on their nationality, religion, or situation. As a nation, we can make a difference. As a nation, we can prevent further suffering.

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VICTORIA FOWLER

Rexburg

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