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ORLEAN KOEHLE

Santa Rosa

Make America safe again

EDITOR: When I was in high school, we protested the war in Vietnam. The protests began with people under 30 years old. The protests grew larger until those in Washington could no longer ignore the issue.

Now, the high schoolers in Florida are leading the protest regarding the lack of sensible gun laws that lawmakers (in their hearts) should know we need. Hopefully, this movement will grow as well until it can’t be ignored.

These young adults are on the right side of this issue. Let’s hope they can influence our people in Washington and every state to pass laws prohibiting the ownership of guns like the one used in Florida. Here’s one for you, Donald Trump — Make America safe again.

KARL REYNOLDS

Santa Rosa

Combating Alzheimer’s

EDITOR: Staff Writer Martin Espinoza’s Feb. 17 article points out that Alzheimer’s disease is now the third leading cause of death in Sonoma County (“Study explores trends in death”). My father, grandfather and uncle died from Alzheimer’s, and losing them was devastating. My father was the most giving and kind person, and he didn’t deserve to lose his motor skills, memories and ability to speak for the 10 years that Alzheimer’s took over his life.

Do you know that 50 percent of Californians with Alzheimer’s never get a diagnosis? Without a diagnosis families could be unaware for years, wasting precious time and money, while the person with the disease starts wandering, cycling in and out of hospitals, until they are unable to participate in planning for their future, getting the appropriate support needed or taking care of the many other things they might have had they known.

The Alzheimer’s Association is asking our state Legislature for $2.2 million to fund the first public education campaign to promote early detection in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging. Please write or call state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood and ask them to support this request.

Our families deserve to be educated and made aware of this devastating disease.

MITZI KUWATANI

Sonoma

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