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Letter: Which neighbors help children in need?

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29,

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, a health worker measures a patient's temperature at the Connaught Hospital, which has suffered the loss of medical workers in the past from the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan was one of those on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. The tireless Khan was jovial but forceful, doling out praise and criticism to junior doctors at his hospital. But Khan became infected and died, and so have at least 120 other medical workers in Sierra Leone and in three other countries, creating immediate and long-term impacts in a region that already had an understaffed and under equipped health care system. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff) Credit: AP

The photograph "A child's suffering" [News, Aug. 20] showed a 10-year-old boy in Liberia suspected of having Ebola. He was surrounded by people in his slum community who were bathing and clothing him and giving him medicine. Do they know the danger of Ebola and likely death?

On another page the same day was an article "Outrage over kids plan" [News, Aug. 20]. The story was about border children who may be in the United States illegally, but they are here and deserve humane treatment.

Which group of people would you want to have as your neighbors? Those Liberians with little who knowingly risk their lives to help a sick and likely dying child, or those Long Islanders with much who will not even let others share -- with no threat to life -- some of their own bounty?

Is this really what we are about? Now it's children here illegally -- who's next?

Kathryn Meng, Westbury