Thank you for your very informative article [see “Preventing Alzheimer’s,” by Diane Ivey, May 20]. Ms. Ivey did an excellent job researching and talking with our doctors and researchers. I think many scientific articles tend to become boring if the reader doesn’t have a technical background in the topic, but Ms. Ivey presented the information well at a community level in an interesting style. We’ve had several phone calls from your readers, asking about and volunteering for our research.
We appreciate the press. It has helped raise the awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. We hope there will be another article in the future when we have a cure!
Tom Ala, M.D.
Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders
FOOD BEFORE HOUSES
Sure, housing prices are at all-time lows [see “Springfield, the buyers’ market,” June 10], but where is what’s left of the working class supposed to find the money, to spend, spend, spend, and buy, buy, buy, when America is still losing high-paying jobs by the boatload?
Why do you think that housing is becoming so cheap? Could it be that this is because of people losing jobs, and this leads to foreclosure? Couldn’t this be a primary reason why mortgage rates are so low? Banks thought it would be “cool” to foreclose, on overdue mortgages, that it would be so easy to re-sell these homes to other working class people.
Well, guess what, now that Silicon Valley has become the latest large employer to begin massive layoffs, banks are becoming “stuck” with many foreclosed homes. Thanks to this new Depression, banks have found that they almost have to give homes away.
Until people begin to see that the business community is taking the responsibility to create jobs, rather than destroy jobs, I just don’t see anyone buying homes, cars, or other items. Right now, the main worry of the American working class, is “Will I have food for my family, next week?”
RESPONSE TO SCHILLING
In his June 3 op-ed [see Guestwork, “Cutting taxes creates jobs”], congressional candidate Bobby Schilling proposes the standard right-wing program for economic recovery: spending cuts, tax cuts and deregulation. However, there is little evidence to show that this strategy works.
Schilling cites the Reagan presidency as an example of when tax cuts resulted in economic growth. In actuality, taxes increased at the time. Increases in state and local taxes more than offset the federal tax cut. And in 1982, Reagan called for a tax increase that was passed by Congress. Moreover, during that time some of the states showing the biggest job gains had the highest taxes. To attract business you need a good school system and infastructure investment.
Also, our economy boomed during the Clinton years when taxes were higher than they are today. On the other hand, when George W. Bush was president, he cut taxes twice. During that time, we had two recessions, the Enron implosion and the financial collapse of 2008.
The path to prosperity requires good schools, good roads, police and firefighters, taking care of the environment and effective health care. These things cost money, and we need to pay for them. Let’s reject failed policies of the past, and face the challenges.