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Reader's View: Speak up to save safety nets

As a letter Jan. 23 stated, protecting human rights is an important job for all of us. Right now, however, there are threats to the safety-net programs that protect all Americans.

With one in five children living in poverty, who could consider cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that help put food on the table? Or programs like the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, that provide health care to America's children?

Our work to stop these cuts is to call, write, or visit our representatives and senators, asking them to protect these programs that in turn protect America's future.

Why not focus on the causes of hunger and poverty in the world's richest country and change that?

Our voices matter. We have this power in a democracy. Let's use it.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.