To the editor:


As people fill out their March Madness brackets, we're also approaching a little-known annual milestone: World Tuberculosis Day. The real madness is that we've allowed a treatable, curable infection - TB - to become the world's leading infectious killer.


Why does this curable disease still kill more than 4,000 people every single day? Why have we allowed it to remain a major cause and consequence of poverty? It's because we haven't made ending it a priority.


It doesn't have to be this way. Right now, Congress is deciding what we'll invest in this fight next year. I hope we can count on our Senators and Representative to fight for strong U.S. funding to help end this epidemic. Its defeat would be a victory worth celebrating.



Ak Mosier, Richlands