I believe that stereotyping of any group of people is dangerous and particularly to our republic and to our democracy.
I believe that thinking people are somewhere in the middle, seeing both good and bad in all groups.
I believe that there are examples of good and bad in all groups.
Recent examples of the bad are many and include stereotyping darker skinned people from Mexico as rapists, murders and thieves, which is certainly not universally true. I know many from Mexico and Central America who are some of the most diligent and honest people I know.
Other examples of the bad are those who categorize all people who practice the Muslim religion and are from the Middle East as terrorists; certainly that is not true either. There are additional examples that represent a long list!
Now I would like to go out on thin ice and stereotype conservatives who mostly, but not in all cases, would like to conserve the past — some of which is good and some of which is bad.
Likewise, some see the future as progress, which also can bring good and bad. They are wise enough to know that things will change in the future. They are often called progressives.
It’s now time for us all to comment on those points.
So, my real point is that all Republicans are not conservatives nor are all Democrats progressives, but rather we are all a unique blend of a number of characteristics that combine to reflect who we are.
HOWARD J. MORRISON, JR.
What were they smoking?
Congratulations to Jon Gruden, the new head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. The 10-year, 100 million-dollar contract makes Gruden the richest head coach in NFL history. Why so much money for a 6-10 team? Gruden joins an elite group of coaches that have brokered deals that have reached dizzying heights.
Someone exercised poor judgement in this process. What if California’s marijuana’s laws caused confusion in crafting the contract?
Maybe the federal government should conduct an investigation into the outrageous deal that Gruden and his people brokered with the Raiders.
President Trump could order Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the deal and possibly uncover evidence that the use of marijuana resulted in the inflation of Gruden’s contract. The feds could find a way to shut down California’s liberal marijuana practice.
Nick Saban earns $11.1 million per season as the coach of the University of Alabama, but he produces national collegiate champions. Hopefully, Jon Gruden can add luster to a program that has suffered for several seasons. Readers, put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Support bill for Alzheimer’s action
Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076 / H.R. 4256).
Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the BOLD Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often, Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.
And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.
As one who has lost a family member and several friends to this disease, I understand the disease’s impact and the physical and emotional costs of the disease. I do not want anyone else to face this devastating disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. Alzheimer’s costs the country more than $259 billion each year, which is why we need Congress to act. If we are to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must treat it like the health threat it is.
Please join me in asking Congressman Buddy Carter to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s by sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.
Tree removal harms environment
I agree with Ronni Carpenter about tree removal along the highways. Do those in charge not know they have just wreaked havoc on our environment. We’ve lost not only their beauty but have cut trees which prevent global warming. They take out CO2 and give us oxygen.
Now all you see is polluted bare ground where weeds will grow and continual mowing or chemicals will be needed. Yuck!
What are they thinking spending my tax dollars — I want mine back — for destruction of our highway scenery.