Why ignore 50 years of good works by the Peace Corps?
We looked forward to the Sept. 26 Post to see photos and read about the many events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Imagine our disappointment when all we found were a few inches in the Local Digest of the Metro section.
There was no photo of the more than 5,000 former and present Peace Corps volunteers, family members and staff who gathered the day before at Arlington National Cemetery and walked over the Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial. No mention of Peace Corps Advocacy Day or Service Day or Community Project Competition, all part of the anniversary. Nor any mention of the 900 people who gathered Sept. 24 at the Ronald Reagan Building for the national gala.
However, most disappointing was that there was no mention of the tremendous impact the Peace Corps has had on the people of the countries they have served for 50 years. Former president Jimmy Carter’s mother, Lillian Carter, taught a little girl English, and that girl later became president of a university. Joseph N. Boakai, vice president of Liberia, thanked those assembled Sunday for their invaluable contributions to his country. The stories of hope and good news that could have been told are endless.
In this time of war, economic woes and seemingly endless poverty and strife, sadly The Post has succumbed to that modern media malady — bad news is good news, and good news is no news.
Dennis and Pam Lucey, McLean
The writers were, respectively, the Peace Corps country director in Liberia in 1976-77 and a Peace Corps volunteer in 1977.