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The News-Times publishes letters about the importance of getting vaccinated and combating global poverty.

Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do

In the recent past of our country, times of crisis brought out our collective best. COVID seems to have brought out the worst in some people.

I am referring to those who, for no good reason, refuse to get vaccinated. You are putting yourselves, you family, your friends and society at large in danger.

This is not about personal freedom. Rather, it is about doing your duty as a citizen so that we can get a deadly disease under control.

Step up, people, do the right thing.

David Pauli, Forest Grove

Global poverty demands lawmakers' action

Oregon is home to thousands of refugees, in our classrooms, relying on the help of a stranger, or owning their own businesses.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change, the World Bank estimates that in 2021, we will see the first rise in global extreme poverty in 20 years. The impacts of COVID-19 are expected to cause between 143 million and 163 million people to fall into poverty just this year. Oregon will feel the effects of this rising catastrophe.

Now is the time for our Oregon senators to advocate for an increase in international poverty-reducing development and humanitarian assistance in fiscal year 2022. The innovative programs that this funding supports can help ensure that decades of development gains are not lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot ignore the plight of refugees.

The U.S. spends less than one-half of 1% of the total budget for poverty-reducing development and humanitarian aid. These funds support programs working to end world hunger and malnutrition. We have seen the positive effects of funding for vital humanitarian programs.

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, take the lead in securing additional aid for these essential life-saving programs.

Matt Cato, Southwest Portland


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