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If it's time for a woman in the White House, let's make it Carly

To The Daily Sun,

Well, today all the news reports have Hillary Clinton's "new" plan to spend billions to fix our nation's infrastructure and create ten's of thousands of new jobs. That's great. Only she has no realistic plan about how to fund her plan. Really it the same old Marxist-socialist "we will tax the rich" concept.

The problem with that is everything they want to spend money on, every plan, every expense, that's what they tell us. There just are not that many "rich" unless they are including working, middle-class families as rich. This plan like all their others will by necessity fall on the shoulders of regular people like you and I. Hillary knows this but it just sounds so much better to her to BS her way to the White House.

Many people are thinking it's time for a woman in the White House. I have no problem with that, it's just what woman? I'd prefer Carly Fiorina. Carly is a straight-talking accomplished woman with sound sane answers to the nation's critical problems. She gives good answers on questions of national defense, how to deal with Iran, Putin, and our economic problems.

While CEO of Hewlett Packard she met with many international world leaders face to face creating business deals and getting to know them and they her. She actually has a record of achievements, unlike Hillary who traveled the world for photo ops and records of multiple failures. Think it's time for a women president? Look up Carly you will be impressed. Then go and hear her speak and hear her answers for yourself. She likely will change you mind too.

Guess what? Obama is going to Paris for the conference on global warming. This is a glorified photo op folks. This conference has no binding authority to do anything, anywhere, any time, anyhow. His speech on it told us things like the arctic ice is melting, the tundra is on fire, Alaska is —  oh phooey, it's all bull.

Look, if the tundra was burning, satellite pictures of it would be all over the news. If the arctic ice were retreating, satellites would show that, too. Have any of you readers seen any such pictures anywhere? Me either! So what's it all about? Another distraction from our real problems and national issues is my guess.

He still can't even say Islamic terrorist, even after the attack in Paris. Won't even consider the advice from the heads of the FBI, Homeland Security and every intelligence agency of our and foreign nations about the impossibility of vetting all those "Syrian" refugees he wants to flood into our country and neighborhoods. The majority of Americans are against it, at least for time to be sure of who will come in. But Obama isn't the least bit interested in what others think. Not security professionals, not you or I. We just don't count.

The reason for that is that anyone who doesn't agree with him is a racist, a bigot, a phobe of one sort or another; we just are too stupid to be considered. But you know, given his record of failures, lies, bad decisions, really, does he have the right to make these unilateral decisions that can and will effect all our lives? I don't think so and will keep on saying so even though the PC police get upset at me. Too bad for them, they can't see a thing with their heads buried in the sands of denial. They still think he and Hillary don't lie every time their lips are moving. Now that's dumb.

Steve Earle


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Heroin 'epidemic' is getting funding but epilepsy research isn't

To The Daily Sun,

I have written this letter to let people know that November was Epilepsy Awareness Month. I am hoping to draw attention to this debilitating illness and raise awareness.

Throughout history there has not been enough serious research toward epilepsy, and without research there can be no breakthroughs, not to mention a cure. Just because you can't see epilepsy it exists, lurking invisibly, causing irrefutable damage. Today, the stigma for people with epilepsy is that you are strange, dangerous, weird, and someone to avoid. Here are a few facts:

— Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S., after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined. More people die from epilepsy than from breast cancer. There are 200,000 new cases each year. Up to 50,000 Americans die each year from seizures and related causes, including drowning and other accidents of epilepsy each year, and a total of more than 3 million Americans are affected by it. By some estimates, the mortality rate for people with epilepsy is two to three times higher — and the risk of sudden death is 24 times greater — than that of the general population.

— The vast majority of cases are children, most of them experiencing their first symptoms before the age of 18. However, between 1 and 3 percent of the population will develop some form of epilepsy before age 75. There is also a rise expected in the incidence of epilepsy among the veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who have sustained traumatic head injuries.

I happen to be in the 1 to 3 percent category. My adult onset epilepsy became quite evident just after I turned 47 years old. It is thought now that it was coming on for a couple of years, but manifested when I had several grand mal seizures in February 2014. I have been living with the disease since, about a year and a half now. It is one of the greatest challenges, if not the toughest, I have had to face in my life.

Epilepsy is not a choice — it is a serious illness/disease. That is why I am offended by some people who are unable to make good choices and given generous resources at the taxpayers' expense. The "Heroin Epidemic" is getting headlines and even one of our state senators is asking for $600 million to fight the "disease" as its being labeled. Yet, public and private funding for epilepsy research lags far behind other neurological afflictions, at $35 a patient (compared, for instance, with $129 for Alzheimer's and $280 for multiple sclerosis).

In total, and per patient, epilepsy research is significantly underfunded from three major sources: pharmaceutical companies, the government, and private foundations.

Pharmaceutical investment in epilepsy is less than in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and it's expected to decline further over the next several years. The government invests $140 million-160 million in epilepsy research, but per patient contributes less to epilepsy than it does to other major neurological disorders. Finally, at less than $10 million, non-profit foundations contribute less than $4 per patient to epilepsy research. Parkinson's, by contrast, receives $40-$50 per patient from nonprofits. Yet per researcher, funding for epilepsy lags average funding for all diseases by nearly 50 percent. All these statistics were provided by the National Epilepsy Foundation.

In conclusion, I must admit, I am disappointed by the lack of public announcements to promote awareness and understanding of epilepsy last month. I hope someday I can get to a point where my condition is more stable so I can become more involved in raising awareness and helping fight the illness. I have also sent this letter to our state senators and have published it here for all state legislators to read as well. Hopefully, this will start a well needed conversation.

Scott Kipreotis



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