Letters To The Editor 9/15/2018
Pass dementia bill
Editor: It is time to change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease.
Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of this disease. After losing my grandfather, great-grandmother and great-uncle to this devastating disease. I wanted to help educate others and bring awareness to the statistics. I started volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association as a congressional ambassador.
There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians live with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. More than 675,000 Pennsylvanians provide care to someone living with Alzheimer’s.
Sen. Bob Casey has taken decisive action supporting and encouraging his colleagues in the Senate to vote on BOLD — the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, it would implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions, including early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
Alzheimer’s is the nation’s most expensive disease. It costs the country more than $277 billion a year, which is why we need the Senate to vote in favor of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act now. We all should recognize that Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis.
Editor: The hallucinations of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen in his Aug. 29 Times-Tribune column are shocking to a person who lived through the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
How Cohen could blame a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a decent family man, for putting Monica Lewinsky under the desk of President Clinton is absurd.
Fortunately, while Hillary was preparing to announce that this was just another bimbo eruption and President Clinton was looking directly into the camera saying, “I did not have sex with that woman,” Monica Lewinsky was being advised by a fellow White House worker to save the blue dress that she was wearing during their encounter.
Cohen’s crazy conclusions don’t even rise to the level of fake news. They are insane.
Editor: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has sunk to a new low in its disregard for public opinion and its treatment of the environment.
In a recent incident reported on television, PennDOT workers were spraying weed killer to manage roadside vegetation in Kingston, when they were approached by local residents expressing concerns about the impacts of chemical spraying on the health of children and other residents of the community. A spokesperson for PennDOT responded with the following statement: If glyphosate — the main ingredient in most commercial weed-killing products — is ever found to be harmful to humans, the agency would stop using it.
This response is absurd. Research on glyphosate, and chemical herbicides in general, is ongoing. Given the level of uncertainty and controversy surrounding these products, officials from the state Department of Transportation should err on the side of caution until all the evidence is in.
Furthermore, PennDOT’s response addresses only harm to humans. What about the harmful effects of these poisons on animals, birds, insects, wildflowers and microbial life? Since all herbicides and pesticides inevitably end up in our waterways, what about the harm to fish and aquatic life?
Meanwhile, traces of glyphosate show up in human breast milk and in a large sampling of Americans’ drinking water supplies. Roadside vegetation should be managed by manual and mechanical means only, in order to avoid the hazards of toxic chemicals in our environment.
Praise for feature
Editor: Kudos to The Times-Tribune for publishing the “In Times of Need” weekly article in the Weekend Times section of the Wednesday newspaper.
The presentation is done very well and is most helpful that the address information is provided for mailing donations.
We often question and frown upon many controversial issues in Lackawanna County, but helping our own in times of need overshadows mostly all the other noises that prevail.
Editor: What is interesting to me is that the Make America Great Again crowd — not just at the rallies — seems happy, enthusiastic and energetic.
These are the very people who now give wildly exuberant responses to consumer sentiments. These are the people who eagerly go out and create jobs. These are the people who are banking money and happily watching their 401(k) account explode.
Then you have the angry, dour leftists who are like a cancer on society. They are angry and they want to rip everything apart. They really don’t have any solutions or ideas besides the thought that they deserve to be in charge and when they are in charge they will steal from those who are industrious and give things free to those who want to smoke dope, explore their gender change proclivities and generally want to live in any degenerate way they so choose with no consequences, unless it’s paid for by others.
That’s the way I see it. That’s the current split I see in America. That’s the difference between the MAGA crowd and the angry, bitter, resentful leftists.
RICHARD “OTIS” LENAHAN
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.