Letters: Apr. 4, 2005

The response to the cover story on economist Jeffrey D. Sachs' ideas for ending extreme poverty was highly emotional, as readers expressed sorrow for the plight of the world's poor and anger at the low level of U.S. foreign aid as well as resentment about helping those who can't seem to help themselves

"Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  We should take stock of how much we can afford to give to those who truly need our help."

TONY PATTON Encinitas, Calif.

Your excerpt from Jeffrey D. Sachs' book on how to end global poverty [March 14] brought me to tears of outrage and sorrow over the tragic plight of the world's poorest. But I was saddened even more by the stinginess and lack of empathy that the U.S. has continually shown. For all the talk about Christian values, the U.S. has failed dismally to respond to the desperate needs of the poorest...

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