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12.28.2005

Local Heroes ... Plus One

I've seen the mansion from afar ... and I still respect them.

For giving $24 billion dollars to help bring health to the world's most impoverished children.

For trying to wipe out malaria in our time, in the places where it is most resistant.

For not spending their time and wealth jetsetting or consuming, consuming, consuming.

Bono I respect for telling the President -- to his face -- that his begrudging support of world health and aid efforts is not enough. It is not enough.

Persons of substance. 2005.

8 Comments:

Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

YES! What you said.

3:38 PM

 
Blogger AP3 said...

Yes, the Gates do some good stuff.

6:59 PM

 
Blogger Urban Chick said...

whilst i abhor the near-monopoly that is microsoft, i too salute bill and melinda

(although i wish bono would smile now and again - perhaps hanging out with world leaders has left him a little cynical...hmmm)

7:44 PM

 
Blogger Fred said...

I haven't seen the issue yet, but I can hardly wait to read this one. Also, the Gates' still have many more billions to give away.

6:26 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

They deserve to be praised for their generosity.

UC, Steve Jobs & Apple are much much worse than Microsoft these days. Bill Gates isn't the one who came up with 'iLife', where everything you do has to go through Apple. It's not a monopoly; it's an attempt to take-over everyone's work and leisure time. I see people with their iPods as those little green Martians in Toy Story: "Oooooohhhhhh! Another gadget from the Apple gods!"

Fred, BG is entitled to his billions; he doesn't have to give them all away. The important thing is that he is giving some away. So many don't - not even a penny.

6:48 AM

 
Blogger still life said...

Kudos to them and may all the rest hoarding there billions follow suit.
Give a little keep a little.

8:45 AM

 
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

As always M, you help raise my awareness of important things! thanks bud.

10:42 AM

 
Anonymous Jonna said...

I agree with everything you said. Bono irks me with his brooding presence at times, but the man is brilliant, and by all accounts, truly cares about what he's doing, and has taken the time to become an expert, and impart real change.

I'm extremely in awe of him for that, and very grateful. And yes, the Gates are not as evil as people think. The Foundation does some truly wonderful things in our world.

8:21 PM

 

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