Statistics will help unlock vital cures

Just as researchers are beginning to realize that our Alzheimer tragedies eventually will be solved by comparable statistics, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD, undoubtedly will be identified and perhaps even prevented in the same way.

National or international registries can give Alzheimer's disease researchers the earliest possible information on probable causes of ASD, such as genetics, diseases, injuries, etc.; ASD families will undoubtedly be grateful to add their ASD experiences to this method of comparable statistics.

Meanwhile, there is a wealth of helpful formation available now. The following three authors have written about their own Asperger's experiences:

  • Professor Temple Grandin has been an award-winning autistic activist, educating the world about her valuable ASD aids and discoveries.

  • Michael John Carley's book is "Asperger's From The inside Out." He is the executive director of GRASP -- The Global and Reginal Asperger Syndrome Partnership -- at www.grasp.org.

  • Writer and researcher, Dr. Liane Holliday Willey's autobiography is "Pretending To Be Normal: Living with Asperger's syndrome."

    Gerta Farber

    Berkeley

    Water board actions are unconscionable


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    I hardly could believe my eyes when I read the article about the Alameda County Water District considering raising rates when it has a $15 million budget deficit.

    This after just last month they sent out a rather mean-spirited memo concerning the drought in which they threatened all of their customers with legal prosecution if they do not toe the line regarding the new draconian water-use restrictions.

    It is almost obscene and definitely immoral that the same board now comes back and threatens the same customers with tiered rate increases as our reward for having done such an excellent job of conserving water. How unconscionable is that?

    Joseph Devine

    Union City

    Letter writer simply doesn't like Israel

    The author of the April 10 letter, "Ignoring Israel's transgressions," criticized Israel while he ignored the facts.

    Israel has controlled the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since the armistice of the war in 1968. None of this is Palestinian land, but rather Jews'. Christians and Jews have lived there. The so-called settlements are Jewish communities, just as Palestinians have their cities and communities where they don't allow Jews to live.

    The U.S. gives financial aid to Israel, a democracy that has been a loyal ally for 66 years. The Palestinians have rejected many offers by Israel of an agreement to create the first Palestinian state.

    The letter's author simply could have stated that he doesn't like Israel.

    Norman G. Licht

    San Carlos

    Myths about Israel being spread, again

    The April 10 letter, "Ignoring Israel's transgressions," is like a worn out déjà vu. It regurgitates Palestinians' propaganda while ignoring basic historical facts:

  • First, there was never a sovereign Palestinian state; Israel did not take any land from them. Judea and Samaria (aka West Bank) and "East Jerusalem" were taken from Jordan in the 1967 war.

  • Second, based on the San Remo accord of 1922, Jews can reside in all the western side areas of the Jordan River and have as much right to live there as the local Arabs, who decided in 1964 to rename themselves Palestinians. The lie about exclusion is just that. There are over 1.5 million Muslims and Christians living in Israel.

  • Last, the fairy tale about the U.S. sustaining Israel and supporting its military and settlements is a red herring. Israel is one of 53 countries receiving U.S. foreign aid, as do the Palestinians and Jordan. Further, aid for Israel is about $2.9 billion annually and hardly 1 percent of its $265 billion gross domestic project. Strike out this myth.

    Sam Liron

    Foster City