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Letters to the editor for Sept. 24

Columnist got it right: Adults made the mess

I wonder if others were struck as I was by Dave Wenzel's opinion column in the Sept. 10 issue of The Outlook, and the letters of Arlene Easly and Louis Bowerman and Sharon Nesbit's column (all in the Sept. 17 issue)?

I believe Wenzel was spot on. Arlene's point, while surely valid, seems to be looking through rose-colored glasses, and assumes kids read our musings.

I was a kid when war raged and things looked problematic though they seemed normal to me. As a young adult, we were threatened by nuclear annihilation to which we seemed to become numb.

And as a young parent, I went ahead and raised a family without particular concerns about the horrific possibilities for my children. That's the way young people are.

But now I see things differently, as the potential consequences of our massive adult misbehavior on our children's futures are our personal responsibilities to a larger extent than was the case 40-70 years ago.

Bowerman points out how kids tend to suffer the most from difficult economic times, and Nesbit describes how family economics are shifting towards a wider gulf between the haves, and the have nots where most kids reside.

My personal take as one of the elderly segment, is that most of us elderly are doing pretty well in spite of our over-evaluated homes losing value recently, and our modest investments varying in value from day to day.

Some elderly are not faring well, and these need our support. But for the most part, we are the most affluent generation of working class elderly the world has yet seen.

We indulge ourselves in massive material pleasures, and have available the deepest and widest cultural opportunities ever known to humans. Yet we worry first about Social Security and Medicare.

And if a political representative or candidate dares suggest some adjustment ought to be made that might favor the coming generations, we vote them quickly down. We vote in our own interests and with a vengeance.

So, Wenzel is correct. We need to look out for the kids, as they're not in a position to do so. And the future for them doesn't look as favorable as ours has turned out. We didn't do enough to merit our favored lives. Lots of luck seemed to prevail along with some strong political leadership.

Dick McQueen

Wildwood

Please help make public 'seizure smart'

Did you know that most people living in American don't know what to do if they see someone having a seizure? Yet more than 3 million Americans live with epilepsy - a condition that results in seizures.

All Americans deserve to have clear, concise information about epilepsy and seizures at their fingertips and right now Congress is offering a great opportunity to help many people, including school personnel, first responders, employers and community workers better understand epilepsy and how to help when someone has a seizure.

With support from the Epilepsy Foundation, U.S. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson, Ed Perlmutter and Dan Benishek have introduced a bi-partisan, no-money-needed resolution in the U.S. House (House Resolution 298) that would coordinate efforts within our government to get more information about epilepsy and what to do when someone has a seizure into the hands of people nationwide who live with, work with, teach or provide services to people with epilepsy.

While epilepsy is controlled by medications for many people, for others it can be very serious and could even lead to death. That's why it's critical to support House Resolution 298 that will help everyone better understand epilepsy and know how to help.

All members of the U.S. House should support this resolution as an important, yet easy, way to support their constituents with epilepsy living in their districts.

I constantly work to educate people in my community about epilepsy and seizures. Representatives, won't you help us, too?

In preparation for November's National Epilepsy Awareness Month and on behalf of all people living with epilepsy here in Oregon and across America, I encourage everyone to become 'seizure smart' and urge each member of our congressional delegation to become a co-sponsor of House Resolution 298.

Caprice Lavallee

Troutdale