The Star-Herald

Rescue the children

Hurrah! A cooperative worldwide effort to rescue Thailand children trapped in a flooded cave rescued them all in less than 3 weeks from the time they entered the cave to the time of their rescue. 

It should be much easier, shouldn’t even take a heroic effort, to rescue children trapped in separation from their families at the Mexican border. These things are possible, but this week, the administration did not even meet the first deadline to get all the children below 5 years old reunited with their families.  

It should even be logistically possible with a cooperative world wide effort to develop economic systems that could rescue all the hungry children everywhere living in poverty.

In the U.S. alone, 1 in 5 children live in poverty, according to a recently released United Nations report.

In Maine, according to Maine Equal Justice Partners, since the election of Gov. Paul LePage in 2010, childhood poverty has risen, with “one out of every 13 children [now] living in extreme or ‘deep poverty.’”

Such inequality and poverty is a direct result of economic policies that are chosen by elected leaders. The solution is to elect different leaders than the ones in power now. Please consider carefully when you vote this November.

Alice Bolstridge
Presque Isle

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