Alzheimer's Action Day needs your help

Saturday is Alzheimer's Action Day. Why should Californians care? Here are three important reasons:

First: Alzheimer's disease is epidemic in California. Nearly 500,000 Californians have Alzheimer's disease -- more than anywhere else in America. If you don't already know someone living with, or caring for, someone with the disease, you will soon. As the population ages, the number of Californians with Alzheimer's is projected to increase almost 30 percent by 2020.

Second: Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in California -- the only leading cause that can't be prevented, reversed or even slowed. Deaths from Alzheimer's in California increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from cancer, heart disease and all other major diseases decreased.

Third: Alzheimer's hurts California economically. Alzheimer's is the most expensive illness in the U.S. Left unchecked, these costs are expected to increase sixfold to $1.2 trillion by 2050. Individually, Medicare costs for a person with Alzheimer's average three times higher than for a senior without dementia, and Medi-Cal costs are 2.5 times higher.

Long-term care costs in California are also increasing almost three times faster than elsewhere.

If you or someone you know is seeking support, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-9000 or visit www.alz.org.

Karen Stevenson

Berkeley

Our game wardens deserve better pay


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California game wardens (aka "The Thin Green Line") are in dire straits. Not quite on life support, but close.

We have the worst ratio of wardens to population in the nation, with only 254 game wardens in the field (Florida boasts 700 wardens, Texas 500).

Adding insult to injury, a California warden is paid only four-fifths the salary of a CHP officer, and often works alone, without backup. Not fair. And the pay gap continues to widen -- CHP officers recently received another 5 percent raise.

It's largely due to this pay inequity that so few people apply for this critical work. Poaching is on the increase, and our beleaguered wildlife suffers accordingly.

Please write to Gov. Jerry Brown and your state legislators, demanding pay equity for these brave men and women. All may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814; and copy John Laird, secretary of resources, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814.

Eric Mills Coordinator Action for Animals Oakland

Richmond wrong on eminent domain

The entire Richmond City Council should have opposed any eminent domain scheme. Who are they to rewrite the eminent domain rules? This will open a Pandora's box of consequences of which they have never dreamed.

Have they found out just who this Mortgage Resolutions partners (a San Francisco investment firm) really is? Who are these people, exactly?

Those fellows will be the only ones to come out of this smelling like a rose, as they trudge to the bank with all the money.

Janet Whitaker

Fremont

Real problem for our society

Decay of society is the real problem

No, racism is not our problem today. Racism, unfortunately, will continue to exist to some limited degree no matter what.

Social ills are what plagues society today. War, lawlessness, the breakup of the family, inadequate education for poor children, lack of respect for oneself and authority, lack of morality, and a lack of a belief in something greater than yourself which results in no hope.

Once, we were a nation of laws. We have transformed into a people with no power and no voice. We are becoming an unconstitutional America where laws apply only if they are relative.

When things are relative, there is no right or wrong. Relativism is destroying this great country; destroying our foundation and any hope that true justice can prevail even when we do not like it.

Edna Pucci

Oakland

Don't implement Plan Bay Area

I do not want Plan Bay Area to be implemented because it will limit my freedom of choosing the kind of community I want to live in.

You really think people will give up driving and will want to live in high-density housing like what we see in Dublin? And do you think it will improve air quality? No.

Let Livermore be in charge of Livermore.

Betty Ellis

Livermore