Congress is making a difference

DEAR EDITOR,

U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kansas, recently published an op-ed in Atchison Globe about the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program (“Feed Our Most Vulnerable Children”).

The op-ed explains that Watkins supported an 11.7 percent increase in funding for the program in the most recent Agricultural Appropriations bill. This is an incredible achievement, which will go far in helping to feed and educate children around the globe.

As most already know, going to school hungry can be detrimental to a child’s education. Globally, disease is another major obstacle to a child’s access to education. In order to continue his international aid efforts, I encourage Watkins to consider supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Since 2002, the Global Fund has helped save 27 million lives. Without U.S. leadership in providing one-third of the financial resources for the Global Fund, many of those lives would have been lost. The Global Fund needs at least $14 billion to save 16 million lives by 2022.

I urge Watkins to continue his legacy of supporting and educating the most vulnerable children around the world by putting us on a path to finally end these diseases.

— EMMA HAHN, Atchison

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I believe it was built in 1910. Any information, please call 816-506-6515.

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