Tell Congress to take steps to address poverty in U.S.

The real question should be: Why is poverty rising anywhere in the world’s richest country? (“Why poverty is rising faster in suburbs,” by Scott W. Allard, in the June 8 Herald.

Allard’s suggestions to battle poverty are good ideas, especially if all of us come together on the battle against poverty. Right now, the Farm Bill in the House threatens the all-important Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helps millions put food on the table. Calling, writing and visiting those who represent us in Congress can help not only protect the SNAP program, but create the political will to battle the larger problem of poverty in America.

We can even send Allard’s commentary to our representatives, adding our thoughts about the importance of dealing with the problem of poverty now. It will be our voices that will make the difference.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

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