Creative arts can aid

Alzheimer's patients

Thank you for bringing us Jim Miller's Savvy Senior column. I was particularly intrigued with his Aug. 27 column, "Music therapy for Alzheimer's patients."

More and more is being done with music and other creative arts to help many of those with Alzheimer's disease. As Miller said, music "can help with a number of behavioral issues common in the middle-stages of the disease."

On behalf of the Alzheimer's Association, I would like to make readers aware that we will be showing an excellent 57-minute documentary on treating Alzheimer's disease through the creative arts, "I Remember Better When I Paint," at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Free Public Library and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Galloway Township.

Narrated by Olivia de Havilland, this documentary shows how initiatives that bring people with Alzheimer's to art and creative workshops are producing remarkably positive results. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, I hope you will join us at one of these presentations to explore a more in-depth examination of how the creative arts are changing the way people look at Alzheimer's.

LEONARD P. SMITH

Marmora

Christie is wrong

on health exchange

When Gov. Chris Christie chose to have the federal government, instead of the state, run the new health care exchange, New Jersey lost millions of dollars that could have been spent helping thousands of New Jersey's uninsured understand their rights and become insured. This money would also have created sorely needed jobs and significantly reduced the state funding needed for New Jersey hospitals struggling to provide charity care.

Of the $8.6 million New Jersey did receive for planning a health care exchange, $7.6 million remains unspent. Oct. 1 is the start of enrollment, and I have neither seen nor heard anything about the program.

Christie also vetoed a bill that would have restored funding to family-planning centers. These actions, among many others, speak to Christie's total lack of regard for the working poor and whatever is left of the middle class, who are always one step away from becoming the working poor.

Vote for Barbara Buono in November.

MARIPAT PERONE

Cape May

Langford must end

feud with the state

Regarding the Sept. 1 story, "Political discord is costing Atlantic City," about state representatives calling on Mayor Lorenzo Langford for more cooperation:

It's time for the mayor to either start to improve the city with the state or get out of the way. The golden goose is dead. We now must clean the dirty sidewalks and the trash-covered lots and streets and remove the dilapidated buildings.

The city can once again become a beautiful destination, but our leaders must do what is best for the city, not what is best for a few residents who need to be relocated. Sometimes growing up means sacrifice. Greed will just slow down progress if people are looking for a million-dollar payout for an urban eyesore.

Atlantic City is listed by Conde Nast Traveler as the fifth most unfriendly city in the U.S. Why would anyone want to travel to a filthy, high-crime, unfriendly resort, when other clean, friendly and safe resorts are within driving distance?

The great standoff between Gov. Chris Christie and Langford must come to an end. It's time to put away the kindergarten temper tantrums and act like adults.

The governor and the mayor can continue to hate each other, but they need to work together. It's time for Langford to start acting like a leader who has a vision to improve the city. And residents must understand that they live in a resort, and if the city doesn't get its act together, there will be no jobs available.

PETER McLAUGHLIN

Margate

Revel is too dark

on Boardwalk side

The Revel Casino-Hotel is a beautiful building but lacks lighting on the Boardwalk side. All the other Boardwalk casinos have attractive and attention-getting lighting. It almost seems as if you enter a dead zone when you reach Revel on the Boardwalk. It lacks luster and excitement.

Revel also needs more on the wall where the name sits. It seems logical to have lighting in the recessed areas of the wall facing the Boardwalk. If the wall could be better lit and the Revel name lit up, it would bring more attention to its beauty.

Please put more lighting on the wall facing the Boardwalk to create a more inviting atmosphere. Without it, the area seems a little eerie.

VICTOR JENKINS

Pleasantville