Letters to the editor Monday

No more fees: Stick to your budget

 

A family struggling to make ends meet stops spending in order to keep in budget. My Depression- era parents always said when you can’t make ends meet maybe you should bring them closer together.

Should our governments local, state and federal do the same?

They are adding fees for everything: parking, fire protection, property taxes, etc., but spending like there is no tomorrow.

Wake up government: Bring your ends closer together and make them meet.

PATTY GIORGIO

Savannah

 

Alzheimer’s caregiver House bill needs support

During National Family Caregivers Month, The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the impact of caregiving and honors the more than 15 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at over $230 billion.

I was one of those caregivers. I was a long-distance caregiver and shared responsibility of my mother’s care with my two sisters and my father who was the primary caregiver for 10 years. My father was responsible for mom 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He cared for her at their home until six months before her death when we could no longer provide the in-home care she needed due to my father’s failing health.

Being a caregiver is not for the faint of heart. The care provided by Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers creates health problems for the caregivers — the physical and emotional impact of caregiving on caregivers resulted in an estimated $10.9 billion in increased caregiver health costs in 2016. Eighty percent of caregivers report that they were unprepared for the tasks required for caregiving. More than half report that no one ever asked what they needed to care for their love one or what they needed to care for themselves. More than a quarter of dementia caregivers have difficulty finding affordable services such as home aides, respite care and transportation.

Congress is currently considering legislation that will provide support to our nation’s family caregivers – the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028/ H.R. 3759).

In September, the Senate unanimously passed the Act, sending a clear message of support to our nation’s family caregivers. I am thankful to Senators Isakson and Perdue for their support. It is now time for the House of Representatives to take the same action and pass the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Please join me in asking Rep. Buddy Carter for his support.

DONNA L CAMACHO

Savannah

 

Create memorial for victims of slavery, war

My thoughts on the Confederate monument/statue in Forsyth Park are as follows:

The Civil War and the institution of slavery are both clearly American tragedies.

The Civil War was fought over whether or not the institution of slavery would continue. Even if the Confederate States had been successful in seceding, who among us can envision that the institution of slavery would still exist today? Yet over 500,000 died.

Slavery made it possible for some white, owning-class people to become very, very rich primarily through the cultivation and sale of cotton. They justified slavery on the basis of racism — “inferior” people — and greed — “economic necessity.”

History has proven neither justification to be true.

What to do with the statue in Forsyth Park? I say replace it with new memorials that remember both the men who died in battle and the slaves who suffered for hundreds of years. Both groups were victims. memorials, not monuments or statues, are appropriate.

MICHAEL GARDNER

Savannah

 

One question to rule them all

I plan to ask each candidate in the next City Council election one simple question: “If elected would you vote to extend or deny the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon contract?”

I believe this one simple question would inform many local voters about the candidate’s commitment to the interest our general citizenry vs. their commitment to other interests. One simple question.

TOM KOHLER

Savannah

 

Let’s be OK with a new way to peace

It’s an ongoing problem in this country when supposed modern-day sophistication and support of the old ways of doing things continue to butt heads.

When our foreign policy directives and international relations remain rooted in the old eye-for-an-eye approach to problem solving, and followers of the old ways, isn’t it time to go modern with the majority that wish to live and let live? The problem with eye-for-an-eye is that we’ll all need to be on constant alert for persons or nations wanting to come over and take one of our eyes.

It’s a no-win situation where the old ways are having their way and enhancing the fact that we’re all living on borrowed time. Or maybe we start demanding the new ways by insisting that it’s OK to live side by side with people and in peace.

Leonard Pitts’ article on Nov. 10, Savannah Morning News is asking “Why are we OK with mass shootings?” and the “numbing repetitive carnage. It will never end. Not until it stops being OK.”

The same way our nation will continue the export of violence worldwide until it stops being OK.

This illusion that leads us to believe in military answers and heroes and that we are somehow partnered with our government in a game of international intrigue. A game of thrones, no less. Let’s bomb the place as long as we remain No. 1.

But once the nuclear missiles begin falling and carnage begins, you’ll likely find our leaders resting comfortably in underground bunkers made especially for them. And we’re OK with that?

Finding inroads to peace will make old things new again and it’s OK to be good with that. And an amen to that one.

CHARLES HUDSON

Rincon

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