Thanks, Dan!

Dear Editor:

There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, including 400,000 here in Texas. Recently, Congress passed the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, including key elements of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease Act of 2019 (H.R. 1903/S. 901), critical legislation that will improve the health outcomes of people living with dementia. I lost my wife to AD in 2013. She was diagnosed in 2009 at the age of 57. She was only 62 when she lost her battle with this horrid disease. I want to thank Congressman Dan Crenshaw for supporting the House passage of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease Act of 2019 through the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. This critical vote will allow individuals living with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease to access supports and services from programs under the Older Americans Act (OAA). Those programs include nutritional services, supportive services, the National Family Caregiver Support program, and other services that enhance quality of life. Please join me in thanking Congressman Crenshaw for supporting this legislation. I would also like to thank him for his leadership during the current COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to be part of our next big Alzheimer’s legislative win, visit alzimpact.org/volunteer to join the fight.

Don Baird
Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association Board Chairman

 

ENJOY MERCER

Dear Editor:

Our parks provide educational and recreational opportunities as well as environmental benefits such as cleaner air and reduced flood risk. Dedicated park-lovers like you make Mercer the beautiful park it is today. Since opening with only 14 acres, Mercer now boasts more than 300 acres that serve our growing community. As your county commissioner, I’m so very proud of the work your Precinct 4 staff and volunteers perform every day to improve access to greenspaces such as Mercer. We pledge to continue this service in the future.

Jack Cagle
Harris County Commissioner

 

MAYBE

Dear Editor:

A recent CNN article is titled “Astronomers saw a star dancing around a black hole. And it proves Einstein’s theory was right.” The theory at issue is Einstein’s general relativity theory. Unfortunately, that article’s title is mistaken, for none of Einstein’s or any other scientist’s theories can be “proven” or “verified.” Einstein put it perfectly when he said,“The scientific theorist is not to be envied. For nature, or more precisely experiment, is an inexorable and not very friendly judge of his work. It never says ‘Yes’ to a theory. In the most favorable cases it says ‘Maybe,’ and in the great majority of cases simply ‘No.’ If an experiment agrees with a theory it means for the latter ‘Maybe,’ and if it does not agree it means ‘No.’ Probably every theory will some day experience its ‘No’ — most theories, soon after conception.” So the second sentence of that CNN article’s title should have said, “And the star behaved as Einstein’s theory predicted.” So his theory survived another test. Those astronomers’ observations no more prove Einstein’s theory than one’s observation of a white swan (or even a million white swans!) proves the theory that “All swans are white.” But just one nonwhite swan refutes the theory.

Bill Bailey
Kingwood

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