Letter to the Editor: Andy Clarke

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Dear Editor,

The recent landfall of hurricanes and typhoons around the world has gathered an amazing amount of news and attention. If you turn on the TV or tune in to the radio, chances are there is a segment warning and reporting of a disaster.
I can’t help but wonder what would happen if every time we turned on the TV or radio if the news of disasters was one of disease and death from tuberculosis? According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2016 over 10 million people in the world became sick with TB and 1.7 million people died!
Unlike hurricanes and typhoons, we have the technology and tools to end TB in our world. No matter where you are in the world – whether it is downtown Tacoma or in Bombay, India – if you are in a group talking, laughing, singing, coughing or simply breathing, you could contract TB.
We need to create the political will to end TB. You can make a difference. Contact Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell and urge them to continue to take a lead in funding programs that will end TB. Ask them to support the higher U.S. House appropriations on funding request for appropriations to fund the fight against TB. And while you are at it, thank Representatives Kilmer and Heck for their leadership and support to end TB.

Andy Clarke
Gig Harbor, WA

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