Malala snubbed

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As a woman and mother of two daughters, I agree that the Nobel committee missed an opportunity to change the world when it “snubbed” Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize and gave it instead to a little known U.N.-backed organization. (See Wednesday commentary “The Nobel committee’s mistake.”)

Think about it — a 16-year-old child faced with almost certain death by the Taliban has repeatedly voiced the importance of education for young people in less fortunate countries. We in the U.S. take many things for granted because we have such abundance.

Wise Malala realizes that educated societies mean productive people, better economies and more peaceful societies.

Making peace a reality can be accomplished if Congress has the political will to pass the bipartisan Education for All Act of 2013 (HR 2780).

We spend only about 1 percent of our budget on international affairs. This is so little when compared to the cost of war, loss of life and long-term suffering of our returning service members.

Who is this Malala?

The Taliban hopes we never know what she stands for.

Will our Congress do the right thing?

— Susan Ansley, Colleyville

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