Many readers applauded TIME's selection of Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono as the Persons of the Year for 2005. But others suggested different heroes who stood strong in the face of disaster and war

Your choice of Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates as Persons of the Year was inspired [Dec. 26-Jan. 2]. In a year marked by unusual tragedy, it was heartwarming to read about an unprecedented outpouring of generosity. Your honorees are not only appropriately symbolic of that philanthropy but also unique examples of individuals who, by virtue of their wealth and fame,...

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