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Win the Big One for the Gipper

A gift in memory of the 40th president.

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
June 13, 2004

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The best gift in Reagan’s memory is not one that President Bush is willing to give. Once again the president has sold his soul for a few million votes. Even as the services are fresh in our memory for the 40th president, the best gift by the country given in memory will not be done under the W. watch. 
 
No matter what you think of the politics of President Reagan. No matter how many times you cheer when you hear “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” No matter how many times you chuckle when you hear the quote from the 1984 presidential debate, “I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." No matter how often you cringe when he said, “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles." I have found a gift that will be perfect whether you are a supporter or opponent of Ronald Reagan. A cure for Alzheimer’s. 
 
For years there has been talk about stem cell research. Reagan even spoke about it when he was in office. But just as he was wrong about trees causing more pollution than cars, he was wrong about the research to find a cure for this dreaded disease and many other diseases. I have sat by and watched my grandparents spend the last years of their life dealing with this disease. I have seen friends suffer as they watch family members drift into “a distant place where I can no longer reach him”, as Mrs. Reagan recently said about her husband. A cure needs to be found for this disease. 
 
If you are pro-life and cannot stomach the idea of using embryonic stem cells for research, just think about the life saving efforts that could be made by using stem cells. Think about the lack of life quality that President Reagan could have avoided in last 10 years. Imagine how much further we would have been, if we had put in the effort to find a cure years ago when he was in office. A cure may have been found and the issue of Alzheimer’s wouldn’t have held center stage this week. Even though the horrors of abortion are throughout the land, there can be some good that comes from horror. A cure for Alzheimer’s and other diseases could be ours within our generation if we use the tools that we have in stem cell research. 
 
If you were one of the many who were appalled by the policies of the 40th president, my friends on the left, you can still give a gift in memory. Support the research to find a cure, giving not just from governmental funds but from out of your own pocket. Estimates show that someone from your family will be afflicted with this disease, maybe you, maybe a spouse within the next 40 years. Trust me; you don’t want to see this take place, in your house or anyone else’s, friend or foe.
 
For my friends who think that the government should not be in the business of funding health care, you should be at the beginning of the line to give to find a cure from out of your pocket. As you gripe about the intrusion of government into every area of our life, do something about it. A personal gift to finding a cure may be the answer and it comes without the governmental red tape. 
 
Without sounding corny, it is a gift that keeps on giving. A friend was once explaining to their child about why they give to medical causes like this.  He said, “Maybe we can cure this disease like we did polio.” The child’s response was: “Daddy, what’s polio?”
 
I will be doing my part next weekend to have my grandchildren to say one day, “Papa, what’s Alzheimer’s?” Along with my wife and a number of my friends, I will be participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in our region of the country.  And I will be walking with the hope of not having any more family, friends, political advisories, or religious opponents having to deal with this disease.  If you would like to support my efforts, send your gift to Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, PO Box 3716, Sioux City, IA 51102.  Mark your gift for Mr. Moo’s walk.  I thank you and so will many generations to come living free of Alzheimer’s.

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Lynbrook from Alabama writes:
June 14, 2004
Thank you for your column and your challenge to light a candle rather than cursing the darkness. While I don't agree with using embryos for stem cell research when stem cells are available from the umbilical cord blood from live births, I do admire your desire to help a very good cause and your leadership in challenging others to follow your example.

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