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Story Last modified at 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Forget wars; United States needs to help Japan

Recently, the world has experienced some trauma. But you wouldn't know it if you looked at how we're handling it. Sure, we put a few articles in the paper, and there are some stories on the news about it, but the United States seems more concerned about bombing Libya and the food that our cafeterias are serving than the thousands of people in Japan dying every day.

We need to start focusing on the things that matter most. There will always be wars. We will always clash with other countries. But will we always have the opportunity to do the right thing when it matters this much?

Japan obviously needs our help. And it will take more than our wishful thoughts and prayers for them to pull out of this mess. We need to start taking action. And if we put as much energy into helping Japan out just a little as we've put into this plan to bomb Libya, then I think that we can do it.

– Merrik Brown,

Eagle River

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.