Alzheimer’s research cuts must be restored
While investments made in research funding for cancers, heart disease and HIV/AIDS have proven effective in reducing deaths, there has been a paucity of funding for Alzheimer’s disease. It is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and there has been a 68 percent increase in deaths from 2000 to 2010. At the same time, spending for care-giving related to Alzheimer’s is rising. The 2013 budget for research funding was only $484 million. That amount was decreased in the sequestration.
When members of the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum visited Capitol Hill, our message was to reverse this underfunding in the 2014 fiscal year budget and support the additional $80 million for Alzheimer’s research in the president’s budget proposal. An additional $20 million is also in the budget to support education of health care providers and caregivers.
The number of those affected by Alzheimer’s will be growing to 16 million by 2050. The costs will also be increasing to a predicted total of nearly $900 billion in Medicare and Medicaid costs by 2050.
If these numbers are alarming to you, I ask you to contact our senators and representatives and add your voice. Funding research now is imperative to reduce the number of people affected and to decreased health care costs. For additional information, visit www.actionalz.org or call 800-272-3900.
JANA POWELL Yoder
Slain toddler’s parents should have armed her
The Kentucky parents whose 5-year old son shot and killed his 2-year old sister should be jailed on child abuse charges. Their neglect was blatantly irresponsible. Why did that 2-year-old girl not have a gun to defend herself? As the NRA has conscientiously pointed out, the only way to stop a 5-year-old with a gun is a 2-year-old with a gun.
TERENCE ANDERSON Angola
Officers in shootings unjustly demonized
I am incredibly disappointed in the choices made by our local media when reporting on police-action shootings.
It seems the media, especially broadcast, do everything to demonize the officers involved in these situations. My father is a retired Fort Wayne police officer, my brother- and sister-in-law are both in law enforcement locally, and I have several friends who put on a uniform every day. The media appear to take for granted that these men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep strangers safe.
My issue is that an officer’s record/personnel file should not even become an issue unless it comes to light that the shooting may have been unjustified. But I can’t recall a single incident where an FWPD police-action shooting was unjustified. They are well-trained and we should support them, considering they just had to take another person’s life. They have made a split-second decision, so what does their track record have to do with that moment in time?
In this day and age, when officers are seen as the bad guys for upholding laws they didn’t even write, maybe they should be treated more like humans. They will live the rest of their lives knowing they killed another human being because they swore to protect their fellow citizens. Don’t add to the demonizing of these men and women.
KIMBERLY GRANNAN-WAGNER Fort Wayne