Letters: Good coverage of bad transportation measure
Regarding Jim Redden's coverage of the Metro measure: Jim, Thank God the voters rejected the measure. MAX on Barbur is an abominably horrible, worst-case example of senseless engineering for the hell of it.
My estimation of 500 to 1,000 mature street trees and forest canopy felled from satellite views looks more like 1,000 to 1,500. Don't tell anyone about that nor how traffic hazards worsen nor that transit patronage is better with Rapid Bus "curbside stop" alternatives. How do you spell fraud? I spell it: Metro. Tri-Met, ODOT and the City Council are not off the hook. Court charges of criminal acts that misdirected their studies to "predetermined outcomes" thoroughly manipulated in each and between all these agencies — obviously in need of reform, by court order if necessary. As for your reporting, please do a special to fill in the parts you left out. MAX on Barbur: bad idea. Rose Quarter I-5 rebuild: Bad idea in the same sense of poorly engineered design roadway arrangements. You'll see ODOT in court for their bald-faced lies about their "widenings." Some department heads there have been going on for the hell of it.
State needs tracker for available emergency beds
I am Dr. Richard Foutch, medical director of the Emergency Department at Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center in Bandon, Oregon. I have called Gov. Brown's office twice with no response. As our hospitals across the state surge to capacity and beyond, we desperately need a centralized call center that keeps track of available hospital beds across the state and could serve to refer calls in hospitals to a facility that may be able to care for our patients. This needs to have been done about a month ago.
Dr. Richard Foutch
Alzheimer's caregivers need some care of their own
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer's Association marks these events by recognizing the more than 16 million family members and friends across the United States — including 188,000 in Oregon — who are currently caring for a person living with Alzheimer's.
According to the 2020 Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures report, caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or other dementias provided an estimated 18.6 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution valued at $244 billion. If Alzheimer's caregivers were a state, they would be the fifth-largest in the country. Nearly 60% of Alzheimer's caregivers report their stress level as high or very high.
I'm one of those caregivers. My husband was diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer's in 2014. I'm still working full-time and caring for my husband in my non-work hours. It's exhausting. It's unacceptable there are no drugs to slow or halt the symptoms.
In recent years Congress has made funding Alzheimer's and dementia research a priority, and it must continue. I hope that Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Earl Blumenauer will continue to support an increase in Alzheimer's research funding at the National Institutes of Health.
During these challenging times — and always — the Alzheimer's Association offers help and support for caregivers and the general public online and on the phone. Visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 for more information.
Article on Rubenstein lacked some information
I greatly enjoyed "A Full Life Lived" about the wonderful woman, Eleanor Rubenstein, who died recently at age 107, but I can't say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Why not? Her uncommented upon answer to the question of what her secret is for living such a long and full life:
"There isn't one. Just good luck. I go to bed at midnight. I eat everything I want." (At least she didn't add that she smokes.)
When I shared this with my wife, who was a practical nurse for 22 years, I commented "It's in the genes." She immediately responded "Yes".
By leaving this statement with no comment about it or her love for scotch and soda and vodka, I feel you are doing a great disservice to your readers - many of home I'm certain will gleefully take this as a green light to do the same.
I wish the writer had at least determined the age at which her parents and possibly also her siblings passed on or are still living.
I strongly suspect this would give your readers important insight into why she lived so full a life. And a bit of added caution to readers not to assume they can do the same would have been very appropriate.
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