NANCY BURMEISTER: We must do more!

To the editor:

The convoy of United Nations trucks was finally allowed through to deliver food and other essentials to the people whose home is/was Aleppo, Syria.

The convoy was bombed before it could reach the starving people. Watching the evening news, we could see the dead bodies of the workers who sacrificed their lives in an effort to feed those starving people caught in the midst of a war that they did not create. We could see the remains of destroyed food, baby diapers, and the burning trucks.

Dead UN workers. Dying children.

What can we do??

Willie Nelson’s song came to mind as I mourned the losses. He sang:

“Give us your tired and weak and we will make them strong.

Bring us your foreign songs and we will sing along.

Leave us your broken dreams. We’ll give them time to mend.

There’s still a lot of love living in the promise land.

Living in the promise land our dreams are made of steel.

The prayer of everyone’s to know how freedom feels.

There’s a winding road across the shifting sand.

Room for everyone, living in the promise land.

Give us our daily bread. We have no shoes to wear.

No place to call our home, only this cross to bear.

We are the multitudes. Lend us a helping hand.

Is there no love at all living in the promise land?

Living in the promise land our dreams are made of steel.

The prayer of everyone’s to know how freedom feels.

There’s a winding road cross the shifting sand.

Room for everyone, living in the promise land.

These refugees are NOT our enemies. Thank you, President Obama, for welcoming more of them.

But that is not enough. We must do more! What can we do?

Nancy Burmeister

Big Rapids

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