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Letters to the Editor for July 12

Area needs more
Alzheimer’s support

To the Editor:

Why is Alzheimer’s Disease such a dirty word? Why aren’t there stories about it in the newspapers, etc.? Why are there no support groups for Alzheimer’s patients on the southside or southwest suburbs. No one wants to talk about AD! I can’t believe there aren’t any Alzheimer’s patients in these areas that need help!

Caregivers and patients must travel to Elmhurst, Rush Hospital, Northwestern, etc. to receive help and support. The Alzheimer’s website and staff are very helpful but they are only there for information. This disease is so devastating to patients and caregivers. Patients need support without having to travel with someone to such distant places as they usually can’t drive.

It is sad beyond belief that we can’t take care of our sick family members without incurring so much extra time and cost in gas, etc. to get help. I did find one church in New Lenox that has meetings once a month, but only for caregivers.

When your loved one is diagnosed with this cruel, horrible, fatal disease, it is the worst hurt you can imagine. Most people think it is an old people’s disease and they should just be put in a nursing home. They don’t realize how many people are getting it at very young ages and still have families to raise.

There is no area in the southside of the city or the southwest suburbs to help them except by telephone, which is not enough. Why can’t any of our local hospitals offer support? They are certainly making enough money. May you never have to go through this!

G. Coughlin


Selective asylum not
the American tradition

To the Editor:

The plaque on the Statue of Liberty reads: “Give me your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Are we going to turn the lamp off and close the door? This statement is what our asylum laws are established on. Maybe the Statue of Liberty should be taken down.

Do we only want the educated, the financially well-off immigrant who is coming here for the good jobs that already are promised to them by corporate America? We give them money to come, a place to live and a promise of no taxes for a year. We educate their children in our best schools and give them free healthcare.

But who will pick the produce and do the undesirable jobs, and not ask for a better life?

Fran Fallon


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