Gift to Nicaragua important support

Countries such as theirs deserve our help in the absence of U.S. support

Re: Retired pumper on its way south (News, Oct. 14)

Accolades to Chief Gerry Adam for getting the used fire truck down to Nicaragua, where it will come in most handy.

This is important because, as is solidly evidenced, the U.S. cares little for those people except to use them as a market, exploit them and their natural resources and has been perfectly happy to support dictators (as they are doing in Honduras) and destroy their environment and their lives.

As a part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, Nicaragua no longer has dependency on the U.S., but the U.S. continues to try to kill Nicaragua’s independence.

One hopes that the fire truck is being shipped free of charge, as container ships can be very expensive. We know this from experience sending humanitarian aid to Cuba, which was hammered and ravaged so badly by three hurricanes in 2008.

People across Canada were, however, able to raise more than $400,000 to assist a country which experienced more than $4 billion in damage.

Union workers have also been very helpful in situations such as this.

Foster Griezic

Oak Bay