Dear Editor,

With so much fuzz that exists in todays world it is easy to get distracted about things of great matter. Too much focus is being placed on Immigration, how to prevent it, tax cuts, and debt reduction. By all means, all of these are things to consider and affect our nation.

Well there is another matter that is important and has been brushed away in the midst of all the fuzz. As one great leader said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent" (Martin Luther King) It is time to end the silence and advocate for the poor.

Statistics show that almost 3 billion people lack access to toilets and almost 1 billion lack access to clean drinking water. 2.7 million newborns worldwide die within their first month of life. The number of people suffering from hunger is greater than the population of the U.S., Canada and EU combined.

What can we do about the issue? Getting involved and being a voice for the underdog. Not being silent. Associations such as The Borgen Project, UNICEF, and Oxfam are helping make a difference by extending their voice to everyone in the nation willing to help.

Getting involved will reduce poverty around third world countries, provide services to those who do not have plenty, increase National Security through built relations, and increase jobs in America due to the increase of exports to other nations. Let us begin our lives with a shout and get involved.

Juan Gonzalez of Rexburg