Letters to the Editor: Aug. 7

August 6, 2014 

Alzheimer's can be battled

Several recent studies show that better heart health management in wealthy countries has reduced the risk of developing dementia over the last three decades, suggesting that reduction, and possibly even prevention, of Alzheimer's disease might be possible.

And the disease may be more prevalent in developing countries than previously thought.

More than 5 million Americans currently have Alzheimer's, which will triple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. And it will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion in 2050.

As individuals, learn from science that shows us how to take better care of our hearts and our health.

As a nation, learn from successes in research that have led to major reductions in diseases such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.

As a community, raise both awareness and funds for research by participating in the Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 27.

For more information, please visit www.alz.org/walk.

Teri Shirk

Executive director, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Louisville


Good care for disabled

At Employment Solutions, this is what we all can do. I spend time on the computer, doing pottery and paintings.

I come up with crazy artwork, pottery and sculptures and help people out with their artwork. I get there every day and I work on my art and it helps me.

We also have a cooking class, gym class and art class. The people are learning about art and work. I help every day with the artwork.

We also have a big garden and chickens. I like to water and help on all things. On Saturdays we have farm market arts.

Robert Turley

Lexington


No on Ark Park funds

So, let me get this straight. The state of Kentucky has approved an $18 million tax rebate for the proposed Ark Encounter theme park in Grant County?

This park is an endeavor of Answers in Genesis, a Christian, evangelical organization that has created much embarrassment for the state with it's so-called museum in Petersburg.

If this goes through, the taxpayers of this state — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic or atheist — would clearly be on the hook for the financial support of a privately held religious theme park that espouses one clear world view.

Does anyone remember the establishment clause in the Constitution?

Is there anyone out there who truly believes that the separation of church and state exists to protect both? How is this OK?

Perry Bohanon

Elsmere


U.S. downward spiral

Realizing there are many in the media and otherwise who go on about wars and how people are killed in war, it's inconceivable to others who realize that war and murder are facts of life.

Americans whine and carry on about, "Let's not go to war, save our children."

It's sad to see how Americans say this when there are people who want to see this country, which they see as full of "infidels," dead and gone away. The fact is, there are Islamic people who want the Muslim-Americans dead.

I watched President Barack Obama confer the Congressional Medal of Honor on Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts of New Hampshire.

As I watched this embarrassment, I was saddened that America has come so far in a downward spiral that the likes of Obama is the sitting commander in chief who bestows this medal on one of America's finest.

Pitts is the embodiment of what it is to be an American who shows the world what a truly exceptional nation we are.

It was an affront to the American military uniform that Obama was the one who gave Pitts the medal.

Jeffrey L. King

Parksville


Football solution for UK

The annual quandry of University of Kentucky football coaches is upon us as a new gridiron season approaches.

The burning question is which of the two top quarterback candidates gets the No. 1 spot?

A solution is at hand in the form of Hanna's Double Barrelled Shotgun Formation. My solution has been offered before. I believe the first recipient was Coach Chet Wynne in the 1930s.

The formation is simple really: Just use two quarterbacks.

Put the two best candidates (a runner and a passer) side by side about two feet apart in shotgun depth.

A capable center can snap the ball to either quaterback, according to the play. Variations are numerous, as the playbook calls for.

If this formation doesn't confuse the opposing defense, it can't be confused.

Hanna's Double Barrelled Shotgun already has preliminary approval of the Sunday Morning Quarterback Club at First Presbyterian Church.

The club also is sometimes referred to as Cecil Dunn's Sunday School Class.

UK Coach Mark Stoops has permission to use the formation without violating the copyright.

Bill Hanna

Lexington

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