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Letter: Commence to creating better world

By Willie Dickerson, Snohomish
Published: June 14, 2016, 6:00am

It is easy to appreciate Greg Jayne’s dilemma about commencement speeches in his May 29 column “Let us commence with 2016 commencement address.”

This year, one of the great parts of an address could be the new U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which the United States and many other signed on to. These goals are Plan A to rid our country and our world of poverty, hunger, fix global warming, end gender inequality and more. It will take all of us, start with any of the 17 goals.

Congress is taking action with the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, designed to end millions of preventable deaths every year in our world. But the bill still needs to be brought out of committee and passed. Our voices can help, each writing or calling our representatives to ask them to pass this life-saving legislation.

As graduates, our young people have the opportunity to participate and even lead this effort to create a better world.

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