January 12, 2004 - National Review: Twenty years ago I was a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching in Liberia (not a lovely country). Never did I or any of my fellow volunteers believe that our efforts would be better put to use back in the States

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Twenty years ago I was a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching in Liberia (not a lovely country). Never did I or any of my fellow volunteers believe that our efforts would be better put to use back in the States



Twenty years ago I was a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching in Liberia (not a lovely country). Never did I or any of my fellow volunteers believe that our efforts would be better put to use back in the States

I have a heck of a lot more in the bottomless grab-bag, but you've had enough, for one day. Let me share a couple of letters, and then split.

"Dear Jay: I live in the lovely Bay Area (physically lovely, that is, but filled with many unlovely people). Lately I have read letters to the editor, or heard comments such as 'Why are we spending our money on the people of Iraq when we have so many here without health insurance,' etc. etc. I'm sure you've heard the same sentiments expressed.

"It just hit me the other day. Twenty years ago I was a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching in Liberia (not a lovely country). Never did I or any of my fellow volunteers believe that our efforts would be better put to use back in the States. Most of us realized what a blessed gift we had been given, and we were happy to share our gift of a good education with those who had so little. What has happened to the liberals in the last 20 years? Do they realize what they are suggesting? Should we cut off funding to the Peace Corps and any and all foreign aid programs because we can spend the money here instead? I guess I am just astonished at how low these people will go to try to undercut our efforts in Iraq simply because a Republican is leading the country.

"I should add by the way that some of those making such snarky statements are the same people I was in the Peace Corps with. Very sad."

Very sad, yes and very, very well said, by this dear lady. They don't make liberals like they used to, do they?




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Story Source: National Review

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