Address global poverty during the election

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008

I am a voter and I do not subscribe to the "one person can't do anything" approach to politics that allows us to sit back and do nothing. So I am a member of a 2.4-million-member group called ONE, working to make the fight against extreme poverty and global disease in the 2008 presidential election.

ONE takes to heart the eight Millennium Goals subscribed to by 190 world nations, including the United States. ONE members, like myself, are actively urging candidates to address the issues that affect both Americans' safety and our standing in the world but often get lost in the politics and sound bites that fill our airways.

With Jamel Kennedy (and his Jan. 28 letter), I hope readers will view the Web site ONEVote08.org/ontherecord and learn where each candidate stands on the issues of extreme poverty and global disease. I am convinced this election provides an unprecedented opportunity for our country.

We can set in motion an effort that will save lives, live up to our legacy of compassion and leadership and make us more respected and secure in the process. Contrary to popular belief, each one of us can do something. Begin by joining ONE.org.

Mildred Boesser

Juneau



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