Don’t blame Trump for layoffs at GM Lordstown

Don’t blame Trump for layoffs at GM Lordstown

When pigs fly. That’s when I will believe that President Donald Trump caused the slowdown at General Motors Lordstown.

Columnist Bertram de Souza needs his own section of The Vindicator (children’s) to blurt his pap-laden articles.

Funny how President Jimmy Carter did not get blamed for the Chrysler default, or President George W. Bush for the GM problem in 2008.

It was The Vindicator that not too long ago stated that GM sport-utility vehicle sales were booming, thus causing a slowdown in Chevrolet Cruze sales.

Maybe Mr. de Souza missed that article.

David Madeline, Hubbard

American flags on I-680 inspire pride in the US

I would like to thank the organization or individuals responsible for hanging the American flag on the bridge fence over Interstate 680 on Western Reserve Road.

I cross that bridge twice a day on my way to and from work, and it warms my heart every time I see those flags! With all the dissension and division in our country today, it’s nice to be reminded that regardless of which side of the aisle we may be on, one thing can be agreed upon by all – we are all proud and grateful Americans, and our flag reminds us of this.

If you see these flags in your travels, please pause for a minute to thank our soldiers and veterans and also the people who took the time to hang these beautiful flags.

Debbie Kish, Struthers

US Alzheimer’s funding deserves boost for 2019

I am one of many Ohioans whose family has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. In a state of 11.66 million, a startling 220,000 individuals are living with this disease – and 600,000 of their loved ones are providing unpaid care as caregivers.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, costing the nation $256 billion in 2017. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures, the number of Ohioans living with Alzheimer’s is expected to reach 250,000 by 2025. ( The cost to Medicaid to care for Ohioans with Alzheimer’s will reach $2.36 billion in 2018, climbing 22.4 percent by 2025.

My beloved husband, Chris, who died just 16 months ago, lived with the daily frustrations, depression, and stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease. He was once an eye surgeon who loved life, family and his patients.

At age 82, I cared for him at home until the symptoms were beyond my ability to cope with. Thankfully, we had the $8,000 monthly cost for a memory care unit for him. Now my constant hope is finding a cure.

With no method of prevention, treatment or cure, we must devote more to research this disease. I’m joining the thousands of other Alzheimer’s Association advocates across Ohio to call on U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to support the National Alzheimer’s Plan in approving an additional $425 million in fiscal year 2019 research funding at the National Institutes of Health to fight Alzheimer’s.

Join our fight, or find care and support for you and your family by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

Marilyn J. King, Sebring

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