Effect change following heartbreak | Letter

Aug 24, 2016

Editor, The Beacon:

Thanks to The Beacon for their thoughtful, professional coverage of the recent shooting tragedy.

Editor Sara Bruestle was sensitive in her editorial in the wake of tragedy. Responding to many letters to the editor, last, Publisher Paul Archipley offered good advice: “Turn anger into action.”

“My heart sank,” said his reflective piece about the tragedy [“Turn anger into action,” front page, Aug. 17]. Dealing with The Beacon’s unfortunate advertising section highlighting gun sales in the paper with the reports of the shooting, he gave us what we needed: a sincere apology, a promised discussion with staff about further gun advertisements, and a challenge to we the people, take action to make a difference.

In a democracy, we have the opportunity to do more than complain. We can write or call our elected representatives, both locally and nationally on issues like this or Zika [“Fourth confirmed case of Zika virus in Snohomish County” page 3, Aug. 24].

Recently, our state congressional delegation responded to calls and letters to take action, across party lines, sending the president a letter to continue America’s robust pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund is on track to save 30 million lives by 2019 with this funding (since 2002).

So our representatives and senators do listen and respond to their constituents. Together we can “help turn a tragedy into a movement for positive change.”

Willie Dickerson,


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