by Bill Budd,
Published in the Kitsap Sun September 12, 2019 and in KUUF’s Candle newsletter February 14, 2020. Bill is a longtime KUUF member
When I read the story about the Kitsap volunteers heading to the Bahamas to help with the recovery from Hurricane Dorian (Kitsap Sun, Sept. 4, 2019), I felt proud of our community and country. Volunteer efforts throughout the world show that we care.
The U.S. administration should not be impounding funds for foreign aid that has been appropriated by congress and we should definitely be part of the world’s climate change goals to mitigate global warming. In one very specific way the U.S. can show that we care about the people in the rest of the world is to commit to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund brings together many countries and non-profit groups such as the Gates Foundation to save the lives of about 5 million people per year.
I am hoping that the U.S. Congress can commit to cooperating with other nations in a positive way that shows we care about all people in the world and not just ourselves.