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Our soldiers also need relief

You cannot turn on the television without seeing some government official asking for money for the tsunami relief effort, and yet our government sent hundreds of our own loved ones to their deaths in Iraq. The death toll for American military personnel is approximately 1,356.

My friend spent New Year’s Eve dodging mortar shells. The insurgents were aiming for the chow hall where he and his friends were eating dinner and trying to forget what they were missing at home, but because the insurgents missed their target and no one was killed, there was nothing on the news about the attack. No information to be found. This is an everyday event.

Please, let’s not forget the men and women of our own country serving in Iraq. They have just spent the longest, loneliest and most stressful holiday season of their lives in a foreign country, away from their loved ones and everything familiar to them. We need to remember them and put as much effort into doing something for them as has been put into the tsunami relief. They need relief, too.

Debbie McPherson

Nevada City

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