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1/23/2014
Help at home

Before the United States gives aid to foreign nations, it should check that that same aid isn't needed here at home.

In Alaska, specifically Shishmaref, the main road between the community and its landfill had washed out and its airport runway remained at risk of continuing erosion.

But instead of sending aid to Shishmaref, the Obama administration announced it would be sending $17 million to Vietnam to deal with the same sort of situations.

First, this likely happens with both Democrat and Republican administrations. Second, it's all well and good to help foreigners, but Americans who pay taxes should receive the first aid. Then help Vietnam or whatever other country.

It comes to this nation staying strong in order for it to be able to assist other nations.

The Vietnam-destined funds are to assist that country with adapting to climate changes. But Alaska, particularly in the Arctic, is in the same situation. If the climate continues to change, that situation and the need to address it will become more prevalent at home.

In the minds of the powers that be in Washington, D.C., Alaska should receive appropriate federal aid for climate adaption before Vietnam or any other foreign nation.