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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Summit Offered Opportunities for Peace, Security

8/13/2014, 3 p.m.
America's dealings in trade and business with Africa leaves much to be desired these days.
Cameroon President Paul Biya and wife Chantal arrived at the Joint Base Andrews Naval Facility in Maryland ahead of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. (Courtesy of PRC.com)

I’m writing to comment on the article “Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Convenes,” published in the July 31-August 6 edition and written by Stacy M. Brown. The story focused on several relevant issues: one being, young females’ participation in government, and African leaders’ ability to connect with the United States in trade and business dealings that can prove lucrative to both countries.

However, it seems that America’s dealings in trade and business with Africa leaves much to be desired these days, and as Ms. Bass points out in the article, the button needs to be “reset.”

Nevertheless, in noting the persistent challenges that stand in the way of the American economy reaching the record levels in foreign investments like those boasted by China, Africa and other leading nations, the unprecedented summit buttressed the notion that in spite of everything, Africa will always have a strong and reliable partner in the United States.

With that in mind, hopefully at the end of the historic three-day conference all of the African leaders who traveled to the nation’s capital in hopes of learning how to create more opportunities at home and abroad, would have come to terms embracing or finding ways among themselves to take hold of challenges such as the Ebola outbreak that could very well destroy their economic accomplishments.

I guess this is where effective partnering comes in not only to accelerate economic development, and improve health and educational outcomes, but to also play a significant role fostering peace and security.

Charles Idelyo

Bethesda, Maryland

An Outstanding Collection!

The article, “Library of Congress Receives Historic Recordings,” published in July 31-Aug. 6 paper by Stacy M. Brown was very informative. I was unaware of the HistoryMakers collection and all the wonderful African-American men and women role models whose legacies and accomplishments have been preserved at the Library of Congress.

Stacy Brown did a great job bringing the collection and its new home at the Library of Congress to my attention and I’m sure countless other Washington Informer readers.

The collection is truly a treasure trove, as well as a bonafide source of black history for documentarians, historians, schools, and just about anyone who needs access to the contributions of so many trailblazers who come from and in many cases, remain integral parts of African-American communities across the country.

Sally Jenkins

Laurel, Maryland

Great Photography!

I love of all the colorful and expressive front-page photos, such as the one that accompanies “Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Convenes” which appeared in the July 31-Aug. 6 edition. The photograph was simply beautiful, and a wonderful depiction of the leadership that’s evolving in Africa. Many of the photographs that appear inside of the paper are equally as attractive.

However, those on the front-page, that include the tell-all photo by Shevry Lassiter, capturing the depth of construction taking place at Ballou High School in Southeast in the July 17 paper, speak volumes.

Lately, when it comes to photojournalism, The Informer, in my opinion, offers some of the best images ever.

Of course, no one knows what news – good or bad – the remaining months of 2014 will bring. But I’m sure your skilled photographers will remain committed to bringing readers the strongest possible visuals for the paper and its various social mediums.

Kathy Brown

Washington, D.C.