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Quake is no time to advance agenda

May 20, 2008

Re "Policy of sorrow," May 15

I was severely disappointed to see an article about the recent earthquake in China taking advantage of this moment to make commentary on our two countries' differing political views.

It is cruel to take such a tragic moment and turn it into evidence for an argument on population control, especially when the media should be using their pull to raise awareness about the earthquake, not to push an agenda.

Furthermore, the supposition that a one-child family feels more pain than a larger family at the loss of a child is disgustingly naive. Children are precious. Their loss is to be mourned and never to be used as political fuel.

Britt Flaherty

San Diego

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