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Myers is right: charity has to begin at home

I READ the Kevin Myers article 'Church's first mission lies at home, not in Honduras' (Comment, April 1) and I agree with him completely.

Many people have forgotten the old saying, 'charity begins at home'. If you cannot sustain yourself, you cannot lend a helping hand eslewhere. We need to re-capture that spirit.

Preserving, protecting, enhancing and sustaining Christian families down the street in Ireland is more vital than some project half-way around the world.

I applaud worthy projects. But I agree with Kevin Myers: if we tend to our own backyards, we will all be better off. Plenty of local needs require attention.

JAMES A MARPLES

Longview, Texas

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