The excellent meeting and conversations about the local issues of poverty - as described in the May 22 "Local View" commentary, "Solving poverty will require us to get to know each other," set a great a example for our country. Imagine the speaker of the House listening to hungry people ask him not to cut SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, in the current farm bill.

Actually, we can sit down with those who represent us in Congress. Call their offices and invite them, especially in an election year. They most likely will be responsive. Or check out how citizen lobby groups like RESULTS (results.org) train citizens to use their voices to end hunger and poverty.

In any case, Duluth's Local Solutions to End Poverty effort is to be commended for getting people to sit down together to discuss the issues, gain better understanding, and offer solutions.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.