In response to the editorial "Our Common Humanity":
Many thanks for your insightful message re devastation in the Philippines. It is so disappointing that the politicians can't get their act together and use the pocketed pork barrel funds for their fellow country men who are suffering the worst tragic disaster in Philippine history. Disgusting also is the blame game between the national government and the local government even wanting to remove the mayor of Tacloban.
Here in Vienna there are many fund relief efforts on behalf of the survivors to ease their suffering. Our worst fear is the orphaned children who are the ones who suffer the greatest loss. Our prayers are with them. I personally want to be sure that my donation will go directly to the survivors and not through intermediaries - politicians.