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March 17, 2014

In Your Opinion: U.S. should help Americans first

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The Daily Star

---- — The money OUR government gives to foreign countries as aid is $55 billion, not $55 million. That’s 55 thousand million distributed to 180 countries. That is 5 percent of our federal budget.

The strange thing is that most of the countries we send the money to do not like us! Do we know how the money is being spent or whose pockets it is going into?

If my and my neighbor’s roof is leaking, I would fix my roof first (which is natural) and then I will help my neighbor with his.

Our bridges are falling apart; we have thousands of citizens living on the streets; our senior citizens have to choose between food and needed medications. Our young college grads have tremendous debt because of loans. The mentally ill are not getting proper care because there are not enough facilities to treat them.

When are we going to wake up as a nation and say ENOUGH? Let’s take care of our citizens with their problems and then help other countries.

Michael Walls

East Meredith