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May 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gates Foundation criticism

Can share wealth any way it pleases

In regard to the article in The Times about some folks complaining that Bill Gates needs more transparency in his philanthropy [“Journal article critical of Gates giving,” NW Saturday, May 9] — ingrates!

Gates can put his money anywhere he damn well pleases. It’s his money. And nobody can say Gates hasn’t shared the wealth.

— Harpur Evoy, Bellingham

No good deed goes unpunished

Do I misunderstand the role of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? Does it have to be transparent or accountable to those for whom it provides funding? Does it have to be accountable and transparent to those of us not receiving their funding? I think not.

The foundation — which provides more funding to do good around the world than most nations — can do no good deed without being punished.

To the management of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I say please keep up the wonderful good you do around the world. If you wish to emphasize high-tech solutions, it is your right to do so.

— Thomas H. Parsons, Seattle

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