In response to "Greed Keeps Third World Hungry," by Arthur Simon (Op-Ed Page, March 2):
Is it greed or is it apathy and resignation that keeps good people oblivious to the powerful force they could be on behalf of poverty-stricken people throughout the world? Americans are a caring people but we are basically unaware how we can help either as citizens or as politicians.
Given specific challenges, we would rise to the occasion of helping our brothers and sisters--about a billion of them go to sleep hungry each night, year in, year out. We need to make our development aid--over $5 billion last year--live up to the words enacted in the U.S. 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, Section 101, General Policy "Congress . . . renews its commitment to assist people in developing countries to eliminate hunger, poverty, illness and ignorance."
Given a ground swell of public opinion, the United States could yet live up to the mandate we gave ourselves 27 years ago. A new President, committed to the elimination of hunger, poverty, illness and ignorance could carry us into the last decade of the 20th Century realizing the greatest vision mankind could set for itself.