Letters: Three Cheers to the Gates Foundation, DMN ‘Points,' Islamic Relief USA

1 The Gates Foundation — Re: "Bush center honors Bill, Melinda Gates — Couple named for their efforts to solve global problems," Feb. 1 Metro & State story.Three cheers to the George W. Bush Presidential Center for presenting this year's George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership to Bill and Melinda Gates. In 2002, The Gates Foundation was a founding participant in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, whose objective is to accelerate the end of these diseases as epidemics. It is a partnership between governments, civil societies, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly $4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. It has saved the lives of 27 million people since its inception. The U.S. is a major contributor and this year the Global Fund is up for replenishment of its funds. Encourage your representative and senator to approve robust funding and save even more lives.Martin White, Dallas/Turtle Creek2 Commentary in The Dallas Morning News — Points is a highlight of my Sunday mornings as is it always provides thought-provoking commentary on issues and trends. The Feb. 3 section was no exception. The contrast between your editorials on the need for education to break the cycle of poverty and the demands of black pastors for changes to help their congregations obtain a living wage and paid sick leave was striking. I am the CEO of a company that pays well above minimum wage and offers paid sick leave, yet we encounter great difficulty finding qualified people to fill our open positions. Other Dallas CEOs are facing the same challenge. Education is the best remedy for the ills these pastors wish to treat, not new laws mandating that all businesses pay more or provide the benefits. The pastors can request free pre-K and more access to trade schools and provide more coaching on how to assure kids get good educations. These changes would provide substantial long-lasting benefits to all.Jack Gibson, Dallas3 Giving back — Islamic Relief USA joined other organizations and individuals to help distribute food and other items to employees of the Transportation Service Agency at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport during the government shutdown. The workers were grateful and we felt gratified that we could offer some help during that difficult time. Organizations and other people can help in so many ways, as America is defined by the strength and character of its people. Anwar Khanm, President, Islamic Relief USA  Continue reading...

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