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To the editor:

I would like to address my opinion on the crisis in Ukraine.

For the past weeks, maybe a month or so, I have watched and read the news on the people of Ukraine preparing for a invasion by Russian forces. As of (March 28), Russia is in control of the region of Crimea and seeks to conquer more of Ukraine.

I have a friend who lives in Ukraine and informs me of what is happening in their part of the world. She had told me, that in her town, they are building barricades, and trenches to prepare for the worst. I asked her, “does her people want military aid from America or other nations”? And she responds with a frantic “yes, any help would be greatly appreciated.”

Personally, I do not expect that America will send forces to help defend Ukraine, since most people would say its not our responsibility for what happens in other parts of the world. I disagree with that mentality. I believe it is our responsibility because there must be a force present to declare there must be law and order, and that certain actions will not go unpunished.

If we as a nation choose to not be that force, then who would? If your friend is getting beaten up, would you help them or stand by and do nothing and use peaceful talks and sanctions? To sum it up, I believe America needs to be a leader to the world, that voice to the helpless who will say, we will protect you, and to the oppressors, you cannot invade without repercussions.

I know that I’m young, and only 19, and probably have much to learn. But in my heart, I know the right thing to do would be to help Ukraine regardless of the criticism that people may say.

Matthew McLendon


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