Fight against Alzheimer’s
Thank you, Ms. Mayra Moreno, for your letter in The Monitor (Sept. 10) and for bringing to my attention House Resolution 1903, the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019. After reviewing the bill, I have asked to have my name added to the legislation as a co-sponsor.
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects 5.8 million Americans of all ages. We need to rally every available resource for research and development of a cure. As you pointed out, this act would give individuals critical relief and identify gaps in care for those under the age of 60 living with this disease.
As your congressman, I promise to listen to every individual who lives in the 15th District of Texas. I hope that you will continue your advocacy work and never stop fighting for our community. If you ever need anything, my office door is always open.
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez
All deserve new chance
Regarding Jake Longoria’s letter from Sept. 6, whatever happened to concept of serving time and starting life over clean?
“Paying your debt to society” is the notion that someone has received the full measure of the state-imposed punishment.
Starting now back at square one, they should be able to get on with their lives. Instead, today, this is not the case because a conviction will follow a person forever and it is legal in most cases to not give a felon a job or rent them an apartment. So even though the state considers the punishment complete and the debt paid, society at large continues to punish them.
A felon may also:
• Be ordered to pay financial restitution.
• Lose the right to vote.
• Lose the right to bear arms.
Mr. Longoria proposes to add even more to the burden that released felons face trying to reclaim a normal life. Consider someone who has rejoined society, has a business, a family, and is part of community affairs now being indiscriminately raided by law enforcement without provocation. This scenario should never happen in the United States without cause or warrant.
Everyone deserves a second chance at life and no one lives a perfect one. Consider being known for a lifetime for the worst moment in yours, sometimes an act committed while in teen years. Also consider the number of innocent people in this country who continue to be incarcerated, and now have to live with additional undeserved actions even after their release.
I support the police in their jobs to keep communities safe, but not at the risk of the continuing erosion of civil liberties. Mr. Longoria, removing the civil rights of others does not make you safer.
Recent letter spurs questions
The letter from Erica Garcia on Sept. 13 states, “The voter registration effort follows our event that highlights our pro life values.”
She goes on to mention that individuals of faith value all life and want to see a secure border and an end to the humanitarian crisis.
Are these the same individuals of faith who refuse to have any meaningful conversation about gun control?
Are these the same individuals who are OK with separating families and putting people, including children, in cages?
And about Trump’s commitment to the rule of law, how many of his appointees and acquaintances have been indicted or are in prison?
As for crime and drugs, before those issues can be addressed, the issue of why these happen should be addressed. Drugs and crime usually go hand in hand.
And as for those who chose to join our country the right way: seeking asylum is legal.
Families and individuals of faith need to really take a long look at themselves. From an outsider, I do not see any humanity coming from those who call them selves individuals of faith.