Niles residents want to help Tsunami victims, but differ on how

Published 11:39 am Monday, January 3, 2005

By By AUSTIN NEILSON / Niles Daily Star
NILES - The deadly tsunami that hit much of Southeast Asia on Dec. 26 has killed tens of thousands and left millions homeless.
As searches for survivors and clean-up continue, other nations have begun sending relief funds and goods to the region.
CNN reported the World Bank and Great Britain are doubling originally pledged figures for relief funds.
The United States pledged $350 million to relief efforts, with additional plans to send other relief supplies in the works.
Niles area residents, shopping at Martin's Supermarket Friday morning, had mixed emotions about America's role in providing aid for the natural disaster.
Chris Leonard agreed.
Bob Edwards also thought America will contribute to relief efforts.
Audrey Roberts was skeptical of how American donations would be spent.
Robert Greer thought the Bush Administration was doing too little in terms of providing funds.
Sarah Steinbaugh noted many are unaware of efforts already under way by Americans, citing many missionaries traveling to the nations hit by the tsunami.
Most residents thought America responded appropriately to the disaster.
Steve Ready thought officials had to examine data before reaching a decision.
Nora Lee thought America took too long in deciding to send aid to Asia.
Regardless, residents views were mixed on what role America should play in the global community.
Nora Lee agreed.
Jihad Ford disagreed.
Matt Murray also thought America should lend aid to foreign governments.
Audrey Roberts said America did very well in providing global aid and thought President Bush was doing a great job in handling the situations.