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LETTERS: June 18

Educate yourself about elder abuse

To the Editor:

The Illinois Department on Aging is on pace to respond to more than 20,000 reports of abuse of adults 60 years of age and older and persons ages 18 to 59 with a disability this fiscal year. As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow members of our society to be abused or neglected.

Abuse takes many forms, including financial exploitation, emotional abuse, passive neglect, physical abuse, willful deprivation, confinement and sexual abuse; and these often occur in tandem. Victims are often abused by family members or other relatives.

We all have the right to be treated with dignity and respect – to feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, many of our most vulnerable citizens find themselves victims at the hands of individuals they have trusted.

The fact is it’s challenging for older adults to stay involved with and be connected to our communities as they age. As a result, older individuals are more likely to experience social isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is help.

If you are a victim of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation – or suspect that someone you know is a victim – call our statewide 24-hour Abuse Hotline at 866-800-1409.

June 15 was Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Illinois. And to that end, I encourage all of us to educate ourselves on elder abuse; how we can recognize the signs, provide intervention and stop this abuse. We must, as a community, work together to make a difference in the lives of our older adults.

Paula Basta

Director, Illinois Department on Aging

To Impeach or not to impeach            

To the Editor:

That is the question. Whether it is wiser to wait until more people have decided to support the process and its result immediately or to wait for the support to grow? As of the end of May, a third of Americans are for impeachment, a third are against and a third want more information before deciding.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been resisting those of her party to start the inquiry while trying to gain additional support from the waiting third and reducing the against group. She has seven committees gathering evidence on the president’s activities and behavior.

The day after special counsel Robert Mueller’s TV appearance, the president repeated that the report said he and his people were not involved in collusion.

He carefully avoided questions on Mueller’s statements concerning obstruction of justice. Mueller said the rules he was given did not allow him to go further in his report and it is up to Congress to do their constitutional duty.

After talking with his close advisors, Trump started denying obstruction. Could it be his ego was momentarily shattered and the invincibility facade destroyed?            

Pelosi must wait until she can be fairly certain at least 15 Republicans will vote with her 49 Democrats and independents to cast guilty votes. Until then, the answer should be no.

Of course, Trump might just pardon himself and everyone involved of federal charges. The states will be waiting for his last day in office.

Chuck Johnson


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