under 5 who die of mostly preventable causes.
Forthcoming legislation in Congress will
address this tragedy with more efficient ways
for America to lead the effort to end this
calamity. A call or email asking your representatives to support this legislation can make
all the difference.
Stars in his eyes
As a longtime stargazer, I was delighted to
see your recent article in the May 2015 issue of
The Costco Connection, “Starlight, star bright.”
This short article was chock-full of useful
advice for beginners to help them get started
in a vastly rewarding hobby suitable for all
ages. Kudos to Costco for promoting a wonderfully rewarding hobby.
Ash Valley, Oregon
Ticking off Lyme disease
Thank you for your accurate and informative article about Lyme disease [“Targeting
Lyme disease,” May 2015]. I had it for many
years before finally finding a “Lyme-literate”
doctor who knew how to diagnose it and treat
it. There are many people all over the country
who are just now finding out that what was
misdiagnosed as something else was really
Lyme all along. Very little is known about it, so
it is a great service to educate the public about
it. Yours was one of the few articles on it that is
Read ‘em and leap
I loved your “Tips for young readers” in
the May issue, and would like to add some
tips to parents of pre-readers and emerging
readers that will help get them ready.
Neuroscientists have shown that musical
pulse (steady beat) is crucial for reading fluency. That inner sense of timing can be practiced by dancing to music, singing songs and
reciting nursery rhymes and poems that have
a beat. I’ve seen this work miracles in my own
job as a master teaching artist in schools.
The eyes need to go from left to right,
crossing the midpoint of the body, when
Have fun practicing crossing the midline
with your child’s raised arms going across his
face on the diagonal while dancing or track-ing/following objects from left to right with
Point out symbols to your child: Street
signs with symbols are a good way to start
understanding the abstract concept of symbols and then make the connection that letters are symbols for sounds.
Sherman Oaks, California
In response to the May
Debate,“Is it OK to read
your kids’ media posts?”
NO. The more restrictions or monitoring you
put in place, the more they sneak and rebel. I
would have lost all respect for my parents if
they constantly did that.
YES. I have a teenager and I read her social
media and even check her phone. With her
present, though. I do spot checks basically.
Sometimes things are clean and sometimes I
have to get “mom tough” and privileges are
taken away. It’s my job as her mom.
Children’s Miracle Network
I was so happy to read Mateo’s story
[“Giving kids a chance,” May 2015]. My
daughter was born 15 years ago with something similar. Today she is an honor student
and all-around great kid. I wanted to recommend two resources to the Guerreros and
other affected families that have been life-changing for our family.
The Pull-Thru Network (pullthrunet
work.org) is a support community for families
and kids with related diagnoses. Also, Youth
Rally ( rally4youth.org) is an incredible summer program for kids with related issues. It
inspires the kids with independence and confidence, and allows them to meet other kids
just like them. Very often, these kids think
they are alone with their issues. Here’s wishing Mateo and all of our kids the very best!
Thank you for the opportunity for members to help save the lives of children. Another
opportunity is just a phone call away: ending
the yearly deaths of 6. 3 million children
In regard to Susan Johnston’s article on
baby and bridal showers [“Shower power,”
May 2015] and the comment “Don’t mess
with Great-Aunt Millie.” I take exception. I’m
81 years old and I would love to attend a
themed event or one out of the ordinary.
Shell Beach, California
Kirkland Signature™ 6.0
I am proud of my new hearing aid from
Costco [“An evolution in sound,” May 2015]. I
am impressed by their services, too. The audiometry was walk-in and free, no appointment,
no waiting. The hearing aid arrived within five
days, was comparatively much [less expensive]
than from other places and is of good quality.
Even the staff was very friendly and polite. The
follow-ups were free and pleasant, satisfying all
Shahnaz Hamid Mian
Cary, North Carolina
I was really excited to read about the new
Kirkland Signature 6.0 hearing aids. While
my 10-year-old Bernafon CIC hearing aids
from Costco still work great, I’ve been wanting ones with some controls. The article says,
“The Kirkland Signature 6.0’s technology
allows these aids to directly integrate with
iPhone and Apple devices, and selected
Android devices.” At my local Costco Hearing
Aid Center this morning, I was told that
information is incorrect. Android devices do
not directly integrate. I was given the technical support number at ReSound where I got
the same answer.
Edgecliff Village, Texas
Hearing aid operations buyer Soris Parajon-Pena responds: The Kirkland Signature 6.0 is
currently compatible with Android phones,
through the use of the Phone Clip+ accessory
and the Kirkland Signature Navigator app. In
the very near future, some options for direct
connectivity will be available via a dedicated
app for Samsung Galaxy S5 phones. Because
the 6.0 hearing aids transmit at 2. 4 GHz, these
will be the only hearing aids with direct connectivity, so 6.0 users are in the best possible
position for Android connectivity.
We anticipate our direct Android app to be
available sometime in June, but it is only compatible with Samsung devices. We are exploring
other Android systems, but the likelihood is that
it will be very selective, because phone manufacturers on the Android platform all choose
their own proprietary operating systems.
May, for certain
The May issue had several articles I had
not seen before. I liked [Suze Orman’s]
Debate goes on
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