¡¡¡¡As an Alzheimer¡¯s disease advocate, it is my honor to represent the more than 6 million Americans who are living with Alzheimer¡¯s disease. Without medical breakthroughs, the number could rise to 13 million by 2050. Alzheimer¡¯s disease has impacted my family, beginning with my parents back in the ¡¯90s. Several years later my siblings began to show symptoms. I oversee the care of my oldest sister who resides in memory care in Virginia. I volunteer with the Alzheimer¡¯s Association to raise awareness of Alzheimer¡¯s with the hope of finding a cure.
¡¡¡¡During the virtual Alzheimer¡¯s Advocacy Forum, I met with staff members in the offices of Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Rep. Elaine Luria to explain why Congress must prioritize legislative action to confront this crisis with Alzheimer¡¯s and other dementias. In particular, I asked them to cosponsor the bipartisan Alzheimer¡¯s Caregiver Support Act. This would provide grants to ¡°expand training and support services for families and caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer¡¯s disease or a related dementia,¡± according to the bill.
¡¡¡¡Please join me and the Alzheimer¡¯s Association in encouraging our members of Congress to invest in policies that address the critical national public health challenge that Alzheimer¡¯s poses. To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer¡¯s and all other dementias, visit alzimpact.org. Thank you.
¡¡¡¡Ellen Clements, Virginia Beach
¡¡¡¡On a cold and rainy day in the middle of winter, I stand outside holding an umbrella waiting for the bus early in the morning. The bus doesn¡¯t arrive until my hands go numb through my gloved hands. Two hours had passed. I courteously greet the bus driver as I fumble with my wallet, trying to pull out my bus pass with cold stiff fingers, dropping it twice on the damp floor. Before I¡¯ve swiped the card, the bus is already on the move again, obviously running late. I¡¯m forced to carefully balance myself attempting to find a seat on a crowded bus.
¡¡¡¡In the afternoon after I get off work; I wait for the bus again. Several busses pass me, two of which had my route number, but were headed in the opposite direction. I approach one and ask if there was one headed the other way and the man informs me that they were running on schedule and that the bus should have already came here. The heading had been wrong again. A bus driver had carelessly forgot to put the right route on the digital display. I¡¯m late to my classes at Thomas Nelson Community College, and the wait for the bus coming home is just as bad as the morning time. I don¡¯t arrive home until it¡¯s pitch-black outside; I¡¯m cold and drained not from work but from the seemingly nonstop waiting and the unforgiving cold and rain. A sunny day would have only been slightly more tolerable.
¡¡¡¡Shanice Robinson, Newport News
¡¡¡¡Re ¡°Interpreters fear being left behind¡± (May 19): We need President Joe Biden to sign an executive order to expedite visa approvals of Afghan interpreters wanting to get to the United States. ¡°In December, Congress added 4,000 visas, bringing the total number of Afghans who can come with their immediate family members to 26,500, with about half the allotted amount already used and about 18,000 applications pending,¡± the article said. ¡°The application process now typically takes more than three years.¡±
¡¡¡¡An estimated 300,000 Afghan civilians have worked for NATO or the United States in some way over the past 20 years. Our State Department needs to be reenergized to help Afghan interpreters and translators get to the U.S. before the troops are withdrawn. Let your senators and representatives know about your concern.
¡¡¡¡Paul Miyamasu, Williamsburg
¡¡¡¡It is possible that COVID-19 was generated in the Wuhan lab in China. And it is not unimaginable that the release was a biological warfare test because it appears to have hit in multiple waves in the U.S., as if planted more than once. Major cities on the East and West coasts, major ports of entry, were likely contaminated to see how a full-scale attack would occur.
¡¡¡¡Many will disagree, but the Chinese military is both devious and overly ambitious in its desire for world domination.
¡¡¡¡Demonstrations, as we have seen during this epidemic, are key to breaking down law and order, destroying our economy, and weakening our ability to defend our country. Racial division is poison to civilization. Overspending by the government leads to devastating inflation.
¡¡¡¡Unless leadership in Washington does not act to reverse the trend, make frugal choices in spending control, runaway immigration, and make China accountable, this country is likely to experience a downward spiral we can not recover from.
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¡¡¡¡Food for thought. Oh how history repeats itself. Greece and Rome are examples of great civilization failures. We should learn from history.
¡¡¡¡Robert L. Studebaker, Norfolk
¡¡¡¡Re ¡°Gun control¡± (May 21): I read his opinion with great interest. He made a good point with his ammunition theory, but his conclusion was misguided.
¡¡¡¡Using his opinion and logic, I will offer a different conclusion. Charge the bad guys and criminals $150 per bullet and charge the law-abiding citizens 5 cents to 50 cents a bullet, and this should solve all the shooting problems. Like I said, I am using his logic.
¡¡¡¡Diane Willoughby, Virginia Beach