Letter: Don’t sit by while kids die in desert

First Published Aug 21 2014 04:33PM      Last Updated Aug 21 2014 04:33 pm

In the early 1980s, Utah mobilized to sand-bag the Salt Lake City streets in anticipation of spring flooding. It was a commendable community achievement. We’re all justifiably proud of it.

If a leaderless troop of kids from Malad, Idaho, was trapped on the top of Mt. St. Helens, we’d all be there to help in a heartbeat. We’ve got other kids staggering through hot desert nights seeking Salvation Knoll. Instead of fiddling around a campfire in long dresses and bonnets, let’s build bridges. Let’s celebrate a different kind of Donner Party. Where’s our humanity? Let’s be all we can be and not sit idle while kids die in our deserts.

Peter Kolbay






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