War’s a lonely place.



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That’s as true for those fighting as for those left behind. Loyal readers of the Star may have noticed that we’ve put a special emphasis on following the men and women of the 3,500-member Spartan Brigade as they’ve deployed to Afghanistan. Since November, you’d be hard-pressed to find and issue of this paper that didn’t contain at least one story about this unit, whose members live and work right here in our own community.

Over the course of the next year or so, we will continue to place a high value on letting you know what these brave soldiers are up to as they work to fulfill their mission of making the world a better place to live.

We do this not to glorify these troops and their wartime mission, but to try to give their friends, neighbors and — most importantly — their loved ones a glimpse into what their lives are like half a world away.

In this issue, we’ve included both a story written from the front and a new feature that we hope will become a cherished and valuable piece of your community newspaper.

It’s called simply “Letters Home,” and this week’s letter is from a young soldier serving in Afghanistan to his wife. It’s a simple two-line message, but we think it’s well worth the space we’ve given it. In the coming weeks, it’s our hope to bring you many more of these letters in our pages. We feel it’s the very least we can do to serve those men and women who so ably serve us, and to show their families that we care about their lonesome plight back here.

But although we’re proud to introduce this feature, and hope it’s well received, what we look forward to most is the day when we no longer need to print any more letters at all.

 

Family needs our help

A local family could use a hand, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving than the Murphy’s of Peters Creek.

As you may have read on Page 3, their home was recently destroyed by fire. Despite the unimaginable loss, Ian Murphy stood alongside his fellow Chugiak Volunteer Firefighters and did his duty, staying with the fire until the last ember was out.

As someone who routinely puts his health and safety on the line for all of us, Murphy is as deserving as anyone of our help getting through the rest of the winter in good shape.

An account has been set up in Ian’s name at Northrim Bank. Even a few dollars can help as the family does what it can to rebuild their lives in the wake of this tragedy.

It’s the least we can do.

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