Letters to the Editor

Are you affected by PD?

To the editor:

It’s estimated that 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) each year and 1 million Americans are currently living with this neurodegenerative disease. Commonly known for its movement or motor-related symptoms, people with PD are often more impacted by non-motor symptoms like apathy, depression, sleep behavior disorders, loss of sense of smell and cognitive impairment.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and I, along with the Northeast Georgia Parkinson’s Support, urge everyone in Habersham County to come together as we work to promote awareness and help fund the fight against Parkinson’s. To get involved, individuals can donate to Parkinson’s Foundation to support research and programs, participate in an event, or share their story or others’ stories on social media.

Our group meets the last Monday night of each month at 6 p.m. at Level Grove Baptist Church at “The Station,” located on Highway 441.

If you or someone you know is living with PD, you are not alone. Call the toll-free helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, or visit Parkinson.org. Together, we can make life better for people with Parkinson’s Disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. Or you can join the 12-16 people the last Monday night of each month. Please contact me or someone in our group for more information.

David McLendon



The drugged out medical


To the editor:

Congratulations, all of you fermenting pharmaceutical companies and hundreds of other little-known or even unheard of supporting companies for giving us American citizens the most confusing, over-priced and cheating medical opportunities in the world.

Imagine, a country as modern and advanced as the United States having a medical capability that over-prices and keeps in the dark its citizens as much as the one we have does. Good job!

Imagine a doctor prescribing a drug to a patient which should not even be a prescription drug, and not being able or to even care what that drug will cost, or even know. Thanks to the pharmaceutical industry, the medical insurance industry and the doctor industry, the patient will never know until the prescription is filled and the patient is billed! Would you buy groceries like that? Or automotive fuel? Of course not! But our glorious medical profession, yes, the best in the world, keeps their patients in the dark forever, and we accept it! We truly believe we have a bargain! Yes, we are lied to, deceived, conned and simply cheated by all of these “experts” daily. Don’t believe me? Just ask a doctor what the price of the next drug he prescribed for you is. Can he tell you? Does he even care? The Lord help us! Maybe we should have a “second-best” medical system instead of the horrible one we have now. What do you think? If you even do.

Fritz Crytzer



Just another Democrat whine

To the editor:

In my decades of letter writing, I have very seldom responded to another letter writer. Now, however, a letter from Elizabeth Conklin (March 20) has caught  my attention. In it, Ms. Conklin launches a vicious verbal attack on President Trump, his family, his friends and the Republican Party. This is entirely her right. Now, I will exercise mine.

I’m assuming that Ms. Conklin is a devout Democrat. In her letter, she suggests that anyone who disagrees with her should “check it out.” I’m wondering if she has “checked out” the platform that is being suggested by the wave of potential Democrat 2020 presidential candidates. I will point out a few that I have heard personally. 1) The all-time Democrat standard: free stuff for everyone (Socialism), regardless of the damage that is done to this country. Anything for a vote. 2) Infanticide, the practice of aborting a pregnancy from conception through delivery. 3) Allowing illegal immigrants to vote. 4) Lowering the voting age to 16. 5) Abolishing ICE and 6) Tearing down the existing southern border barricades. I wish to understand if Ms. Conklin supports these Democrat concepts. I see no courage in hurling open ended insults such as, “Donald Trump does not love America.” I would expect that type of activity on a playground.

It is my opinion that courage comes from the willingness to put your personal beliefs, not insults, in print. In other words  Ms. Conklin, stand for something rather than whining. We are two years past the election, get over it. Mrs. Bill Clinton got her behind trounced. I’m sure that people around you will appreciate your not being quite so angry. Accept the fact, as I have, that Donald Trump will never do anything right in your eyes and please continue to get your news from MSNBC. Hopefully, my letter will not drive you back to the sofa. I would love a response from Ms. Conklin or any other Democrat. To the reader, thanks for listening.

Bobby Clardy



Why should we ‘grow Habersham’?

To the editor:

Why in the world would we want to “grow Habersham”? Who would benefit? In what ways would Habersham County be a better place to live, work and play? These should be qualifying questions. Loss versus benefit. Who would benefit? Not those of us who chose Habersham County as the ideal retirement home where we expected to live out the rest of our lives in peace and quiet, not stalled in traffic. Not those who were born and raised here. If we had a high unemployment number, that could deserve consideration. However, unemployment is not a factor. The facts are that there are more open jobs in Habersham and adjoining counties than there are qualified applicants or those who don’t want to work. Some companies are offering sign-on bonuses as high as $3,000, other “will train.” These aren’t jobs requiring rocket science except oil rare cases. Check The Northeast Georgian “Help Wanted” ads. I see the same employment ads week after week. Habersham County is currently enjoying an unprecedented construction and an economic boom not seen in the 30 years that I have lived here, if ever. This includes both residential and commercial construction. It is evident throughout the county. Is this a solution looking for a problem? We are not an industrial county. Let’s let growth happen naturally as it is now.

N.H. Harrison Sr.



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