Donna McDermott: Cites moral responsibility to Puerto Rico

Sunday, October 08, 2017
Cites moral responsibility to Puerto Rico

Having grown up minutes away from Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee with two family members employed at the base, I learned a lot about the military.

My dad once told me that in the years right after World War II, huge cargo planes loaded with food and other desperately needed items took off from Westover on a daily basis and dropped those supplies on marked fields throughout Germany in an effort to help its civilians recover from the devastation of war. Pilots also had their crews drop chocolate bars over groups of children clustered just outside the safety fences near the fields.

Needless to say, if we Americans had the resources and the know-how to help our former enemies back then, we have those same abilities now. Plus, we’ve got more — and better — helicopters that can quickly lift huge quantities of food, water and medicine from the decks of cargo ships and gently set them down on the fields and hills of Puerto Rico.

Members of our federal government are well aware of this, but their prejudices are holding them back. They accomplish nothing by making up flimsy excuses for dragging their feet.

Please join me and other western Massachusetts residents in contacting our political leaders to remind them of their moral responsibilities to our neighbors in Puerto Rico.

Donna McDermott