Alzheimer’s and high school football

Dear Editor:

Recently, the National Football League (NFL) said that football players in their league were 19 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s than the general population (that is 19 times not 19 percent). The NFL players are adults and are paid well. They can make their own decisions.

The question I pose for all parents who have teenagers who want to play football is: “With that danger of getting Alzheimer’s, how can you let him play?” God gave parents superior minds so they could make the tough decisions, use it.

A necrologist said he cringed every time he sees a player get knocked down because he knows what happens to the brain.

I don’t understand putting our children at risk in high school football.

Jim Taunt


Harry Mitchell to ADOT boss John S. Halikowski

Dear Director Halikowski:

A Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) committee approved a plan to extend the Loop 202 through Ahwatukee Foothills and South Mountain Park and it is believed that MAG’s Regional Council will give final approval to forward its recommendation to the Arizona Department of Transportation for an environmental impact study.

As you know, I am opposed to construction of a new freeway through Ahwatukee Foothills along a Pecos Road alignment.

While I understand the need for an I-10 bypass to enable cross-country traffic to move through our metropolitan area without snarling traffic on the Broadway curve or downtown Phoenix, I believe we must explore alternatives, particularly as it relates to traffic of interstate trucks, before considering a new freeway through Ahwatukee. In addition to discussions with the Gila River Indian Community, I believe we need to consider the impact that construction of a future Hassayampa Freeway would have on congestion alleviation.

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, I am eager to work with you on this issue.

Thank you for your assistance.

Harry E. Mitchell

Member of Congress

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