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G-8 concerts send powerful message

Dear Editor:Finally a story big enough to put war and terrorism on the back burner. It turns out that when truth speaks to power, truth turns out to be the dominant force. Lack of media coverage here at home withstanding, the message went out loud and clear.The G-8 concerts last week were so powerful that the reverberations will be heard around the world for the rest of our lives. Speaking to a global audience of around 5 billion people in 140 countries, Bob Geldof, the organizer, said, “Twenty years ago we bought Ethiopia lunch; this time we are going to help the whole of Africa help herself.”He implored the eight men who run the world to do the most, not the least, to end a situation where a child like any other child dies every three seconds. It wasn’t Bono demanding justice not charity, or the Pink Floyd reunion that stole the show, it was a bespectacled middle-aged man by the name of Bill Gates expressing that one day in the future all people, no matter where they are born, will be able to lead a healthy life. He concluded by saying, “We can do this and it will be the best thing humanity has ever done.”Something really big happened last week and even though I missed it I know the world has changed forever. What we see all around us are the birth pains of a better world trying to be born. With the help and courage of every one of us a new world can emerge free from fear and poverty.Richard HarrisAspen


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