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Dealing With World Hunger

In response to “Filling Up the Tables of the Hungry Everywhere,” editorial, Nov. 28:

Thank you for your excellent Thanksgiving Day editorial on world hunger. The work of private philanthropic agencies in combatting hunger is indeed admirable and absolutely essential.

But we should keep in mind that their efforts can be swamped by negative decisions by the U.S. government.

There is a grave danger that Congress, in its newly energized concern for domestic problems and out of a feeling that Africa, with the end of the Cold War, is not of strategic importance, will significantly cut hunger aid.

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The dollar loss could easily equal or exceed all the dollars raised by private charities.

That is why it is important that there are private organizations, like Bread for the World, that concentrate exclusively on influencing governmental decisions affecting hunger, both international and domestic.

PAUL C. EKLOF

Costa Mesa

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