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June 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor 6/16/13

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Thank you for

the support

Dear Editor:

Hospice of Limestone County wrapped up another great year at Camp Hope on Tuesday, June 11, at Camp Helen Baptist Campgrounds.

This year, Camp Hope, a one-day bereavement camp for children ages 5 to 11, helped approximately 55 youngsters who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Under the guidance of Deana Hollaway and Robye Andrews, Camp Hope Teen served 13 teenagers 12 to 15 years old.

Hospice of Limestone County would like to thank all the businesses that made contributions in support of Camp Hope.  To the countless individuals who contributed — from baking cookies and bread to donating hamburgers, shaved ice, and cane poles — we are truly grateful.

Hospice of Limestone County would also like to thank the volunteers who helped the day of camp. We had approximately 100 volunteers that day, 80 of which were teens who showed an undying compassion to the campers by listening and being a great buddy.  

Finally, to the set up (Pi Beta Sigma Sorority) and clean-up crews (Target distribution center employees and Sardis Springs Baptist youth), you guys were a breath of fresh air; so eager to help with chores that aren’t the loveliest of jobs to perform.

We at Hospice of Limestone County are proud to serve the people of our community. We appreciate your continued support in the future.  

Sincerely,

Hospice of Limestone County

 

Abuse law good

for Alabama

Dear Editor:

Alabamians have a reason this year to feel good on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15).

While we certainly have not eradicated elder abuse, we have taken steps to make sure the perpetrators don’t get away with it.  It’s called the Protecting Alabama’s Elders Act, and it was passed last month by our state lawmakers.

The new law spells out what elder abuse is, makes it easier to prosecute, and increases the penalties for the most serious offenses. It should especially help to combat financial exploitation, which is often complicated by family relationships and even legal authorizations.

The new law makes it clear that a power of attorney is not a license to steal.

As the state president of AARP Alabama, I am particularly happy that not a single representative or senator voted against this law when it came up for a final vote. There aren’t many issues anywhere that produce such a united response.

Many groups were involved in the effort to improve Alabama’s elder abuse law. But for making this law a reality, I especially want to applaud Gov. Robert Bentley; the legislative leadership in both chambers, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and President Pro Tem Del Marsh; and the legislation’s sponsors, Sen. Cam Ward and Rep. Paul DeMarco.

Elder abuse is a serious crime with serious ramifications for the victims. Thanks to these state leaders and all the other lawmakers, this serious crime will also have serious ramifications for the offenders.

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