As I sat at the kitchen bar reading The Pilot this Sunday morning, I had a feeling of deep sadness come over me.

I know there are many horse people in Moore County and that they are people of wealth. I am sure they have great affection for their animals. However, when I read about the annual blessing of the hounds, my thoughts went to a news broadcast I recently heard on the public radio station.

Families in Afghanistan are selling their youngest children so they will have enough money to live for a few more months. As Americans’ thoughts turn toward all the things our money will buy for us, can we not find a way to help these children?

I am sure there will be a lot of unhappy replies to my letter, but please take a moment to think of these families and what their children are enduring.

Paula Hall


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Stephen Woodward

Thank you, Ms. Hall. Your lament is certainly appropriate. The United States deliberately abandoned Afghanistan earlier this year. We must never forget the consequences of our actions. Our anger should not be directed toward those who call it to our attention but to a President, Joe Biden, and his operatives who ordered the withdrawal of our stabilizing military presence.

Suzanne Martin

Let's all remember that the former president completely abandoned interpreters and foreign nationals who helped us. There was no airlift of over 100K to help them start new lives knowing their lives, and the lives of their families were now at risk. Plenty of blame on both parties. Take a bigger perspective

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