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Published: Saturday, Nov. 30 2013 1:30 p.m. MST

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BYR
West Bountiful, UT

Perhaps in light of our constrained American economy, we are withholding to protect our own, personal houses first. But not to worry, our elected leaders will take it all away and donate it to Iran anyway.

K
Mchenry, IL

I wish we could see some improvement after the tragedy in Haiti.

justamacguy
Manti, UT

The supporters of the current political climate do not believe in "self charity". They believe the government will take care of it.

Moracle
Blackshear, GA

Another consideration may be that Americans have less money to spend than in previous years. Times are very hard on many of us. Many would likely contribute if they had the means.

There are many on fixed incomes while the cost of living keeps climbing, but their incomes stay low...how do senior citizens cope under such conditions as this? Payments to those on Public Welfare may increase with the cost of living, but not so with Social Security payments.

We have an impotent congress, afraid to stand up for U.S. citizens if it means opposing anything Obama does. Some say they fear they will be branded as "racist" if they oppose him -- and lose their next election. Too bad that this nation is going down the tubes because our congress is too afraid of being called "racist" to do what's right for its citizens.

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

Must be some big donations rolling in from the big hearted folks in the Middle East.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

People are finding out that the Affordable Healthcare Act, AKA Obamacare, is not actually so affordable. Much of the discretionary money people would normally use for donations is now needed to cover their own healthcare needs. Sad, but true.

Also, this continued bad economy is taking a toll which allows people fewer options to donate to charity. Almost half our citizens are receiving government aid... the highest percentage in history.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Hard to paint a complete picture of this issues without some objective measure of how the media is covering this disaster compared to the others cited in the article.

My subjective sense is that those other disasters had a lot more airtime on major television outlets than Haiyan has had. It's much easier to "follow closely" a story that's on the news all the time.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

Any wonder with the state of the economy that our illustrious president and his gang of socialist/communists have brought us to?

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

"Americans acting stingy?"

Sorry, charitable contributions are something which no person or nation has any entitlement to, nor which can ever be judged in a negative way.

Americans are the most generous people in the world, buth domestically and towards foreign countries.

However, charitable contributions often reflect the prior attitude of the recipients, and their initial responses to new donations. In the case of the Philippines, the U.S freed them from Spanish rule in 1898, suppressed a Muslim insurrection there in the early 1900s, freed them again from Japanese tyranny in WW2, and have been making major contributions to their economic prosperity all along the way, as well as supporting their democratic government, and their current fight against a new generation of Islamic radicals.

In gratitude, the Philippine government essentially kicked the U.S. out of the country, or at least the key Pacific bases, Clark AFB and Subic Bay naval base in 1991.

Sorry, Filipino people, we are pretty well tapped out in the charity department, and are tired of helping an then getting kicked in return, even though this may be Manila politicians, not people in the barrios.

We got our own big problems to solve now.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Being a little self centered is what stress does to a person. You start feeling sorry for your self, self preservation is the most important thing in life. Hard not to be effected by the contagious dis-ease.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Boy. The DN raises a legitimate issue, but all the one-note posters can do is look for a new way to recycle the same nastiness. Note to Moracle: given everything the GOP has done or tried to do to impede progress on ANY issue, it would seem that their fear of being called "racist" is about zero. In some carefully drawn districts, it might even HELP a candidate to be known as a full-blown hater.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I feel bad that I have not donated more to help out since this disaster. I agree that the leaders there have not shown gratitude for U.S. help, but most of the people suffering from this disaster have had no say in the political actions of their leaders. I have limited retirement income and rental income that shrank noticeably in the past year with increased expenses. Still, I hope to donate again, and think it wouldn't hurt any of us to figure out ways to share more freely. Eleven members of our family ate Thanksgiving dinner in a shack with no running water and wood heat. It was good for us, but we still had a much easier time than people in the disaster area who can't even dip water out of a ditch to flush the toilet, and carrying in water from a clean source isn't possible. Having a comfortable bed in a warm place is a blessing many people never experience. Let's dig deep and help alleviate suffering.

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