Letters to the Editor 6-29-16

What a Story

Dear Editor,

Once, a long time ago, there was a country being formed from 13 colonies that would become the world’s greatest nation.

In those days, the men wore three-cornered hats, silver buckles on their shoes and knee britches. Called themselves The Sons of Liberty, while England’s ol’ King George simply called them those low-down sons of … weeellll do you remember reading about back in 1776 when the colonies were on the march to freedom, laying down a lot of hot licks?! “You’ll pay my tea tax,” said ol’ King George! “Not so,” said they! “We ain’t gonna pay, no sirree!”

Well they fought the British on the left and on the right. Fought in the day and in the night. “One if by land, two if by sea, and I in the old North Church will be.”

They yearned to be free. Liberty or death, no more no less, as the king and his subjects would soon see.

Lexington, Concord, Cowpens, Bunker Hill and the rest. They gave their best.

Some gave their lives — “no greater love hath any man.”

All for our great land!

Later we would have the Emancipation Proclamation and the rejoining of our divided nation.

World War I followed by World War II, along with Prohibition and the Great Depression .

The start of the atomic age with the dropping of the atomic bomb. Korea, the marching for civil rights in Birmingham, Nam, Kent State, Desert Storm, 9/11 and still we stand this great land that began so long ago in 1776, when a mere 13 colonies rebelled. Red, white and blue. Yellow, red, black and white, too.

All of the races contributing. That’s me and you.

Never take your freedom for granted, for freedom isn’t free. Many paid the ultimate fee. For them, raise your voices and yell “We will never forget! Because of you, we are truly free!”

What a great story written in the pages of history of the greatest nation that began when 13 colonies rebelled oh so long ago in 1776.

P.S. Happy 4th!

Eddie Boggs



Encourage Alzheimer’s funding

Dear Editor,

At a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation. Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. And these costs will only continue to increase as baby boomers age, soaring to more than $1 trillion in 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Today, more than 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. And, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may reach as high as 16 million people.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing crisis for our families and the economy. The federal government must address the challenges the disease poses and take bold action to confront this epidemic now.

I lost my father to Lewy Body Dementia in November 2010, only three short months after initial diagnosis. He was only 72 years old. There are 130,000 more Georgians suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia and more than 500,000 more caregivers just like me. The time to act is now.

Please contact your local representatives and ask them to continue the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by increasing funding for Alzheimer’s research by at least an additional $400 million in fiscal year 2017.

Caroline Smith

Alzheimer’s Association

Georgia Chapter Advocate