Take message for orca protection to Congress, too

While I am deeply respectful of Lanni Johnson’s fast for orca protection and hope it works, I have learned a different way to influence change (“Snohomish woman on 17-day fast to spotlight plight of orcas,” The Herald, April 10).

Currently, Congress is working on appropriations for the fiscal year 2020. As a volunteer with RESULTS, I have been asking representatives to sign letters to appropriators to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and to increase funding for the Housing Choice Vouchers program. The Global Fund has saved 27 million lives since its founding in 2002, no wonder 147 members of the House from both parties signed it. Many of them also signed in support increasing funding for the vouchers program, so 340,000 more families would receive vouchers and thus housing. (Currently only 25 percent of those who qualify receive vouchers.) Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene signed both of letters in support of these initiatives and deserve thanks for their hard work to make a difference.

Wouldn’t that be a surprise if they received calls and emails just to thank them for taking these actions to create a better country and world?

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

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