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Letter to the Editor

Charity starts at home -- let's take care of our own

February 10, 2010 - Dear Editor,

Actually, this is directed to our government. Are there any governmental officials reading this? I would like to know why President Obama decided to give $100,000,000 to Haiti. They had a disaster, a crisis you say? Oh, I'm sorry; I live in Michigan, of the United States of America. We don't have a crisis here!

Don't misunderstand, I'm all for helping people and supporting charities. In fact, I do more for charities than most. I also am a college student who requires financial assistance, a student continually told my governmental assistance may be cut.

Did I mention that I am also employed full time? Oops! Let me just say I am currently employed full time, but my job security is seriously in jeopardy now. I reside in Clarkston, having never yet been able to afford my own home. I've had to jump through hoops in order to receive a very minimal amount of aid to try to provide for my family.

How many foreclosures are there? How many hard working respectable citizens have lost their jobs? How many people have resorted to criminal acts out of desperation? How many poor souls have no hope?

I apologize, President Obama. Why did I ever question such a generous act in giving a gross amount of money to a country that truly needs it when the citizens who live in this country are living so high on the hog?

How many more negative factors do the average U.S./Michigan citizens need to have put on their shoulders before WE are allowed to benefit from OUR government's money? What has happened to our nation? Is this what our forefathers fought for? I once heard that charity begins at home. Let's take care of our own!

Tammy Layton

Independence Township

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