Letters to the Editor

Small gestures are a big help in showing support for caregivers

This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 16 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2018, caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution to the nation valued at $234 billion. To put this number in perspective, this is 10 times the total revenue of McDonald’s in 2017.

As someone living with Alzheimer’s, I want to honor everyone in my life that is supporting me and all the caregivers out there.

This month, take time to think about how you can support a caregiver you know. Ask for a list of errands that need to be run, spend time with the person with dementia so that their caregiver can have a break, and educate yourself about the disease. The more you know, the easier it will be to help.

Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association to learn more and how to get involved. These small gestures can make a big difference.

Deborah Waskow


Impeachment hearings reveal politics as usual in Washington

The purpose of the House of Representative’s open impeachment hearings is to determine President Trump’s fitness to represent America.

Evidence is being presented to document a potential charge of bribery. Bribery is an impeachable offense, according to the Constitution. The hearings focus on what happened when bribery or attempted bribery possibly occurred between the new Ukraine president’s election and the present.

In the hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff is responsible for ensuring that information relevant to the charge of bribery is presented. He is an attorney who understands the law and legal procedure. His tasks include keeping committee members on topic.

Republicans are determined to discuss the Ukraine and what Joe Biden may have done years ago. That’s like little Donnie saying to his parents, “you shouldn’t punish me now, because Joey did the same thing last week and you didn’t punish him.”

If Biden really did something wrong, voters will punish him at the polls. Using the hearings to out his possible crimes is Republicans’ effort to deflect attention from Trump and bribery.

When the bribery issue surfaced, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s reaction was “That kind of thing goes on all the time. Get over it.” He basically admitted bribery is acceptable common practice in the Trump White House. Republicans declare bribery hearings are a waste of time. Given conclusive evidence of bribery, most probably still will vote against impeachment. Party loyalty will trump (pun intended) the Constitution.

In the new morality, self-interest overrides what’s right. “Sure, I cheat on my taxes — everyone does.” “Of course I lie about my golf score and income — everyone does.” “Your electing a Democrat in this state will be a major personal defeat for me.” Trump’s self-interest sets an example that diminishes America and Americans.

We should have elected an honest businessman.

Ann Pawlak

College Station

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