Readers sound off on the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer's Act, Lev Parnas, and Meghan and Harry's move
Added 01-22-20 03:13:02am EST - “Jackson Heights: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said health care is one of the very basic needs to sustain modern life that should be guaranteed in a moral society.” - Nydailynews.com
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Jackson Heights: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said health care is one of the very basic needs to sustain modern life that should be guaranteed in a moral society. Alzheimer’s, the most expensive disease in the United States, is hurting families in New York City and throughout the country. It costs Americans like me, a constituent in Ocasio-Cortez’s district, more than any other disease, including cancer and heart disease. The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act will support those living with Alzheimer’s and their families by improving access to services like care planning assistance. The legislation is supported by a bipartisan coalition of congress members but Ocasio-Cortez has yet to co-sponsor or express her support for the legislation.
The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and Alzheimer’s disease itself is a nonpartisan issue, but I have had a difficult time getting that message across to Ocasio-Cortez and her staff. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. In the years since she passed away, I have dedicated my time to working for legislation and funding to support those living with Alzheimer’s and their families as an Alzheimer’s Association advocate. I briefly met Ocasio-Cortez last winter at a community event, but I have been unable to meaningfully reconnect with her office. I have no reason to doubt that Ocasio-Cortez sincerely cares about working families like mine. I hope she sees the relationship between Alzheimer’s legislation, access to quality care and improving the lives of her constituents. Ocasio-Cortez, I and other constituents would love the opportunity to meet with you to share how Alzheimer’s has impacted our lives and how you can help. Teri Graham
Lackawaxen, Pa.: Voicer Atul Karnik comments quite passionately about protecting the innocents like Zymere Perkins. But, in a country in which nearly half of its voters support a president who fantasizes about “dating” his daughter, is this child’s fate so surprising? The United States is not a happy land for many reasons. That results in dissatisfaction, which provokes anger, which is misdirected at the weakest amongst us. Laws might help, but only insofar as they cause us to reflect upon the problem. Even if child protective workers assiduously followed every directive, they would accomplish little beyond covering their own rear ends. The stop-gap practical remedy may be to focus on the schools (including preschools) where staff may be able to identify behavioral clues during daily observation. But, if no casualties are reported, be suspicious! John A. MacKinnon
Brooklyn: To Voicer Dennis Pascale who hopes the Republican senators go to hell for backing the president: I do not think there will be enough room for them because the Democrats who support the 60 million abortions since 1976 will be using all the heat! John Sherman
Tobyhanna, Pa.: To Voicer Dennis Pascale: Why bother with the Senate trial since you’ve decided that Trump is guilty as charged? Here’s some food for thought, since you profess to being a follower of the Bible and desire to see people go to hell, remember the Gospel admonition: “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Joseph Matarazzo
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