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Updated: November 28, 2012 4:50PM

Stuttering help

We applaud your Sept. 20 article, “Stuttering may be in your genes,” by Dr. Anthony Komaroff and your efforts in raising awareness of the complex disorder which affects three million Americans.

However, for more information about the many options for dealing effectively with stuttering, your readers should contact the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.

We provide information on the latest research, a nationwide referral list of speech pathologists who specialize in stuttering, and DVDs and books on stuttering compiled by the leading authorities in the field.

Your readers may visit us at, e-mail at, or call (800) 992-9392.

Jane Fraser


Stuttering Foundation

Memphis, Tenn.

Voter power

The election season is upon us again. There is something wrong here.

Elections in this country should be a source of pride. We should look forward to the opportunity to participate in a right that has been hard earned by the blood of our soldiers, past and present.

We are unique in the world in both the origins of our democracy and it’s longevity. Yet we dread the election season with its incessant phone calls, garbage in the mailbox and television ads.

Why? Because most messages are overwhelmingly negative. Is it any wonder that people don’t respect those who choose to serve, oftentimes at great sacrifice, in the political arena?

According to politicians, all of us are crooks, malfeasance, hypocrites and worse. At least, that is what we say about our opponents, so it must be true, right?

I have run for office four times now, and the experience is sobering indeed. I have nothing but respect for anyone who chooses to put their professional and personal life on the line and run for office, regardless of political persuasion.

When people complain about the sleaze that pollutes the airways, the phone lines and the mailboxes, I have one answer: It is in your power to stop it. Simply pick up the phone or go to your computer email to let the offending campaign know that they have lost your vote.

As soon as the trained attack dogs that run most campaigns realize that their tactics are counterproductive, they will stop it. The voters have the power. Please use it.

Steve Carlson

Lake County Board member

District 7


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