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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 4, 2015

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 4, 2015

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Tired of paying taxes to pay for non-citizens

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

In response to Frederick Chiriboga’s letter,”We should be cringing at Trump’s remarks”: Donald Trump is a breath of fresh air: a businessman turned politician who needs no special- interest money to run for president. And hand-in-hand with that is his freedom to speak his mind and disregard the political correctness that permeates our country.

Chiriboga’s opinion represents the typical liberal approach to discussion of the issues: Paint the opposition as haters of women, minorities and hardworking immigrants and call former President George W. Bush brutal and Stalin-like. Avoid the issues and bloviate.

It does not bother my conscience one bit to demand the government address illegal immigrants who cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. Illegal immigrants are not undesirables, but they are illegal — a word that vote-hungry Democrats conveniently disregard. If these illegals are such great people, why aren’t they opting for legal immigration? They don’t want to be inconvenienced by having to abide by our laws. We need a president who understands comprehensive immigration reform begins with secure borders and the enforcement of immigration laws, not a monarch that governs the way he chooses.

I am tired of working hard and paying taxes so politicians can care for non-citizens and redistribute income to buy votes.

Paul Allen.



Moral cowardice is blaming others

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

According to Leonard Pitts’ Op/Ed column, “‘All lives matter’ are words of moral cowardice.” His analogy of unnecessarily examining “the whole bag of bones” instead of the broken wrist actually reflects what we all want — to “treat where it hurts.” The “black lives matter” folks, however, are basically twisting that broken wrist in a skewed effort to heal the body.

If black lives truly mattered to this movement, its members would infuse their energy directly into areas where it could actually make a positive and lasting difference: mentoring, tutoring, and educating young teens about the rewards of good choices. They would organize successful role models to speak at schools, and teach children about the many inspirational people of African heritage who triumphed over oppression and evil throughout our country’s history. They would empower parents to collaborate with teachers and local leaders in building workforce alliances and mapping out the path to higher education and productive living.

They would shun the professional rioters who travel from one conflict to another, ravaging homes and businesses — arming themselves not with weapons, but with human and material resources to repair deteriorating neighborhoods and build the bridges of trust, mutual respect and accountability that create strong, united communities.

Ours is not simply a multicultural society; it is an exceptional society composed of unique, multicultural individuals who once took great pride in being part of the great “melting pot” of the world. Those whose goal is to divide and conquer create tremendous distress within the hearts of each new generation of children who love their parents equally, regardless of race, and only want to be loved and encouraged. Moral cowardice is sitting at a computer blaming others for the problems of the world instead of rolling up your sleeves and heading for the trenches.

Cecilia Thomas.



Many treatments available to combat mold

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

In my practice as a neuropsychiatrist, over the past few years, I have noticed increasing health problems caused by mold. Experts in this area point out that this apparent increased frequency of mold-related illness is due to several reasons:

  • Less expensive drywall, made of a layer of gypsum and paper glued on it to hold it together. If moisture seeps in, mold will eat the paper like it’s dinner;
  • Buildings have much tighter seals now, which recirculates the same air more, increasing exposure to potential toxins;
  • Often the biggest problem with mold is on the inside of walls, which you can’t see. So it can grow and worsen without people realizing it;
  • We stay inside a lot more with our computers and smartphones.

These factors combine to create the perfect storm for mold-related illness. In addition to the respiratory and other common symptoms mentioned in your article, about half of patients also will develop neuropsychiatric symptoms, like fatigue, insomnia and poor memory.

To make things worse, patients often are not taken seriously because many people do not know much about mold-related illness. Fortunately, there are now several objective tests of mold-related illness. For example, we routinely use computer-automated software to measure MRI-brain volume, which usually shows abnormal brain volume in patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms caused by mold-related illness.

Finally, there are many treatments available which often help reduce symptoms. The first and most important step is to either remove the mold from the home or move to a mold-free home. Then there are several medications and other treatments which can help. It is important to find a physician who is familiar with mold-related illness.

David E. Ross, M.D.,


Virginia Institute of Neuropsychiatry.



Senators must defund Planned Parenthood

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

The only thing that can be added to Correspondent of the Day Lorena Markowski’s letter, “Planned Parenthood should be defunded,” is Amen.

Now, Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine should follow Markowski’s wisdom, do the right thing and put an end to the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Chris Waters.



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