DANIEL STOWENS, Kennewick
I recently read an article about a young woman in Richland sewing up a whole lot of baby booties that she and some friends are planning to take to Ndola, Zambia. And I was struck by a couple of things.
First, the pride that she has in her project and that the article implies the paper and community feel about her.
Second, that she appears to have an unrealistic sense of human development. She's very happy that some African child is going to be spared the acquiring of a disease by walking barefoot. As I read the article and looked at the picture, she's making "baby" booties. Those are cloth garments for the feet of newborns and infants who don't walk yet, aren't they?
Well, sure, she's allowed emotional responses to thinking about the plight of African children. But using those emotions as motivation for expensive, essentially ineffective actions is probably not a good idea. Better would be if she traded her wares here in the states for easy to use, easy to clean, safe infant garments and she took those to Africa. And then, there's the observation that Marie Antoinette is not praised for saying "let them eat cake."