Care­givers need Leg­is­la­ture’s sup­port

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

I would like to thank the Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser for pub­lish­ing Dr. Cyn­thia Goto’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle (“Care­givers need help of leg­is­la­tors,” Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Is­land Voices, Jan 8).

I iden­tify with her ex­pe­ri­ence. I saw my mother’s qual­ity of life di­min­ished by car­ing for my fa­ther for years as he bat­tled Alzheimer’s, and felt the stress in my own life as I kept up my law prac­tice while car­ing for my hus­band in his last five years with the dis­ease.

Re­sources for care­givers are so nec­es­sary and yet al­most nonex­is­tent. I wish Dr. Goto and all fam­ily care­givers good health and the strength to per­se­vere.

I hope leg­is­la­tors heed their call to en­act some form of care­giver as­sis­tance that pro­vides a lit­tle respite.

Carol Eblen Ka­hala wealth, and re­fusal to ad­here to eth­i­cal ex­pec­ta­tions.

Es­pe­cially scary are his threats against the in­de­pen­dent free press that dis­tin­guishes us from dic­ta­tor­ships. If we are to be­lieve good in­ten­tions are in his heart, his words and ac­tions should start to make us proud rather than fright­ened, ashamed and em­bar­rassed.

Luanna H. Meyer Hawaii Kai

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