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March 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Soccer and international aid

Time for government to play ball

Editor, The Times:

Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times

Soccer legend Kasey Keller leads the Sounders on to the field Thursday.

In times of cascading financial tragedy and the death of the P-I, thank you for continuing to publish one of the finest reporters in the country, Kristi Heim. Her blog is fantastic!

On March 18, she was in print too [“Soccer kicks off project for aid to African kids,” Local News]. She seems to cover every department when a story relates to critical issues in international health and development.

In the Wednesday story on the Sounders Football Club, she reported on the efforts of the club to help support Save the Children, which is saving lives in Africa. In the U.S., our government can’t seem to print money fast enough to help rich bankers. What about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria?

President Obama has promised to fund our fair share of this global fund. Thus far, the Global Fund has saved 3.5 million lives. Our nation’s share of this powerful program is $2.7 billion in fiscal year 2010. Even our defense secretary wants to see programs like this funded.

Let’s not get cold feet when it comes to lifesaving decisions effecting the poor!

— Bob Dickerson, Seattle

Support the global fight

The U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria is about one-seventh the amount paid in bonuses last year by Wall Street firms. If we lead the way by providing the U.S. fair share in the 2010 foreign-aid bill, historically, other countries will follow our lead.

While campaigning, our president, vice president and secretary of state all signed pledges to provide the U.S. fair share. I know we are in the midst of a frightening economic situation worldwide, but the threat of TB cannot be overlooked. With globalization and overseas air travel, we expanded the ability of TB, an opportunistic disease, to spread. If untreated, TB can turn into multidrug-resistant TB, a condition that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat only one individual. An untreated individual can spread TB in the community without anyone realizing it.

This can’t just be treated locally here in the Puget Sound area. It’s a problem that must be treated at the source, which means globally. I agree we can’t let our economy fail, and I strongly urge that we also support the institutions that are working. Like the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria. In doing so, we are really helping ourselves.

— Rochelle Goldberg, Bothell

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