Compassion starts at home

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 10:37 p.m.
I am grateful that the people of the United States have donated so much to the tsunami victims, but I also wonder why we don't show the same caring and compassion right here at home.
We have homeless people sleeping in the streets when temperatures drop to the 20s. We have parents who struggle to keep their children fed and clothed. We have grandparents struggling to raise grandchildren.
Many, like myself, on Social Security, face disaster when anything major happens. I have two grandchildren and we lost our heat and air-conditioning unit during the hurricane power outage. And, of course, the insurance didn't cover anything electric, so we still have no heat or air.
We have many people that are still without homes because of the hurricanes. Helping people is good, but shouldn't it begin at home? Why, in a country that can go to the moon, do we have children that are going to bed hungry and veterans living in tents or on the streets?
It isn't by choice that people are homeless and hungry. We have millions for the world, but not enough for our own. I surely don't have the answer, but we have to begin to care about each other.
Jo S. Williams, Fort White

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