The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an undeniably good thing

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  • Incite Full Layton, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    A friend of mine in California caused a stinky when he found someone criticizing the Ice Bucket Challenge for wasting "precious" water. After I got done rollling my eyes, I thought I might just want to do the challenge multiple times.

    I've also seen a poster claiming that millions of people die each year because they don't have access to clean water, whereas ALS claims 8K/yr? And we're to be morally outraged that we don't have an icebucket challenge for the people who can't get clean water.

    People get up in arms about everything, especially if it's a good thing and it gains popularity. I suspect more than anything, envy is to blame for why good things get a bad rap.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:32 p.m.

    I have to agree that we should be looking for the cause of diseases rather than elusive "cures". How much has been spent on cancer research while we ignore for the most part the known risk factors for contracting it? We still have no cure accessible by ordinary people, but untold billions have been disbursed in the name of searching for it?

    I prefer to choose my own charities and want to know who the money will go to, what it will be spent on, and how much goes to administrative costs etc.

    This gimmick does not attract me. I don't think it is smart to dump ice cold water on oneself and it seems an odd thing to do too; if you want to contribute do it, without beating yourself up as an alternative. Lastly the writer talks of taking the challenge "like just about everyone else". I don 't know anyone personally who has taken the challenge. How many of your own family and friends have done it; how many haven't? It's more of a media event and a fad to talk about on social media.

  • NoBoxScot Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    I'm appalled at the attention this pharmaceutical scam is getting. Less than 30% of the money goes to research, and all of that research is on patentable drugs with all their unintended and un-researched side effects. There is already a lot of research on natural substances to alleviate the causes of ALS. If some of that money went to studying and furthering the use of herbs and supplements to address the causes, not just the symptoms, I might be in favor of it.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    I agree with Fred T.

    Not only is it for a "show" now, but it is the fad. Many people have no idea what it is even about. They feel it as a challenge, and that's it. They have to dump water on their heads and challenge someone else to do it.

    How sad it is that people are not willing to donate to charities without being "challenged".

    I for one will not participate in this contest. The ALS foundation uses stem cell research on aborted babies. Way to support this murderous foundation as they try to save the life of others. Looks very counterproductive and hypocritical if you ask me.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    It is a very good thing that this ice bucket challenge has replaced the 'set myself on fire' challenge that was going on... maybe it still is....

    I find it amusing that these social media challenges are like lemmings heading toward a cliff.

    Less than half the people doing the ice bucket over their head are actually donating to the ALS foundation. This only shows that the lemmings have lost the purpose of the challenge and now it is for show, not dough.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    There is no doubt that ALS is bad, but this "charity" just lobbies washington for more money while they pay themselves huge salaries and try to justify their actions.

    I guess more money might randomly help some research somewhere but there is no direct connection to finding a cure for the disease.

  • Mona Beaverton, OR
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    Thanks for the column. I say keep the ice bucket going. If readers aren't interested they don't have to watch. They only need to be aware and make a donation if they can.

    ALS strikes people in the prime of life. It's a roll of the dice--there is nothing you can do to bring it on or stave it off (as opposed to diseases brought on by risky lifestyles, for example). As one who has lost a close relative to this dreadful progressive disease, and several friends as well, I cheer on those who are bringing it to the forefront and striving to raise money to find a cure.

  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    Hutterite, you obviously do not have a vested interest in this disease. Have a family member come down with ALS(a death sentence) and your tune would change.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Gettin' kind of tired of reading about it as 'news', though.