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Reader's View: Helping those in need always matters

In today's world, it is easy to understand confusion about reducing deaths, whatever the cause (Reader's View: "Which lives matter?" April 16).

It is important to speak up to those who represent you in Congress. Let them know that reducing unnecessary deaths matters, whether the cause is guns, autos, or because you live in a place where health care is hard to come by. For example, programs that help people put food on the table (like the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), put a roof over their heads (including federal housing programs), or get access to health care (like Medicaid) are all under threat of funding cuts. Ask your senators and representatives to fully fund these programs that help one in five children, the elderly, the disabled, and folks who are in temporary difficulties.

Then ask them to look in to the causes of hunger and poverty in America and work to end those. Out of our confusion can come action to create a better America. So pick up your phone or a pen and make the request of those who represent you in Congress.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.