Letters to the Editor

Fight poverty

I write you today as Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and his colleagues in Congress craft the federal government’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017. As they do so, I encourage Diaz-Balart to protect cost-effective, life-saving programs that fight diseases like HIV/AIDS, tackle hunger, and help the world's poor pull themselves out of poverty for good, all for less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

I’m fortunate that I, like most of us in Miami, never have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. But millions around the world aren’t so fortunate.

The facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030. We’ve come too far to turn back now. So please protect life-saving programs such as the Global Fund (www.theglobalfund.org/en/) to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria.

Paula Dinaro, Miami