Letter to the editor: Support Global Fund

To the editor:

I read the article about Ken Easthouse wanting more comprehensive debates at City Hall. Debate is important because it allows for individuals to grasp different perspectives of an argument and have a better comprehension of a certain topic. While I think it is important for there to be these discussions on a local level, it is also important to take advantage of this at a national level, especially when our delegates are here during their recess.

One cannot put a price tag on an individual’s life, but as caring, ethical humans we can invest in the Global Fund to prevent 16 million people from dying from tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS by 2022. We know the U.S. has the ability to do this because in 2002 the U.S. played a key role in developing the Global Fund. Since then, it has helped save 27 million lives.

It is imperative we take advantage of the debating, like Mr. Easthouse discussed regarding City Hall. He explains that people from Lawrence have the spirit to not shy away from these discussions. That is why I have met with state representatives during their recess, sent emails, and have made phone calls. I did not shy away from sharing my concerns.

We can save 16 million more lives by 2022. However, the fund needs at least $14 billion more to be able to accomplish this. That is why I am urging Reps. Steve Watkins and Sharice Davids to sign the bipartisan resolution H. Res. 517.

Mercedeh Tavacoli,



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