Family misses visits with mom who suffers from dementia
The recent article about Cheryl Achterberg and her husband with dementia hit home. My mother lives in memory care due to dementia. It is so vital to be able to visit her, especially outside, even at a 6-foot distance.
Her macular degeneration and inability to hold a phone makes the only other option for visits at this time, sitting at a window, difficult for her to interact. I see the handwriting on the wall for a COVID/flu/cold winter and urge the governor and Department of Health to allow some kind of indoor visits, perhaps with a plexiglass barrier.
It is difficult enough to miss holidays and being able to engage her in decorating her room and sharing a meal and her upcoming 90th birthday.
Cindy McGuire, Marion
Columbus should follow Ohio cities with renewable energy
We have seen local governments across Ohio lead the way in building more renewable energy in our state, and it’s time Ohio’s capital joins in this incredible economic development opportunity. A vote for Issue 1 in Columbus is a vote for renewable energy, clean air and job growth.
Cincinnati and Cleveland have passed community choice aggregation along with more than 400 other municipalities in Ohio. Several of these communities can now provide their residents with 100% renewable energy to power their homes. Cincinnati is building the country’s largest municipal solar array. Athens, along with a large group of southeast Ohio communities, recently announced that it is moving to 100% renewable energy as well.
This is the single-biggest way that Columbus can reduce the city’s carbon footprint and accelerate local growth in the clean energy economy. It is the best tool the city has at its disposal to take meaningful action on climate change.
This effort is driven by local residents who care about these issues and don’t want to see the next generation saddled with dirty air plaguing the most vulnerable communities. Our health and our economic prosperity are at stake.