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Letters to the editor, Nov. 8 Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 08:56 PM

No dollar sense

Regarding, "Citizens Poses Big Risk for Floridians," the op-ed page column by Lloyd Brown of Florida Voices in your Nov. 1 edition, this is a representation and an example of misleading information made for public consumption. Why do I say that? Easy. Brown wrote, "Citizens, however, takes in about $3 billion in premiums yearly and faces the possibility of $500 billion in claims from a big storm."

That isn't true because Hurricane Sandy, which hit the largest population area on the East Coast, is estimated to have damage of more than $20 billion dollars and Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating storm to hit the U.S. in recent times, cost approximately $46 billion. So hardly does $500 billion seem a realistic estimate for one big storm.

This is the type of scare tactic used by some to try to totally inflate insurance premiums for the state of Florida. We must reject these voices of gloom and doom and use common sense in insuring Florida property. Listen to the ideas of state legislator Mike Fasano concerning our insurance woes. He makes sense.

Larry W. Stith


Consider Alzheimer's

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Month. On Sunday we will participate in National Candle Lighting Day. It is a good time for us to stop for a minute and consider the impact of the disease on patients now suffering from Alzheimer's and the implications for the future.

This terrible disease is affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. It affects one-in-10 at 65 years of age and one-in-two at 85. With the advancing baby boomers, experts predict that 14 million to 16 million people will be affected by the year 2030. Those who are or have been caregivers of an Alzheimer's disease patient know the tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain that is involved.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is a nonprofit, tax-exempt group that offers a number of services and programs to help families dealing with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Memory loss is the first indicator that a person may have a problem, possibly the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. It is important to get a diagnosis early in the disease process.

Dominick De Petrillo

New Port Richey

The writer is executive director of the Alzheimer's Family Organization.