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Letters to the Editor, March 14

Voting for Davis

Please join me in voting for Joe Davis for Circuit Court judge. I clerked in the Jackson County court system for eight years and watched our judges in action. I saw firsthand how much it matters to have judges experienced in family, criminal and business law. Joe Davis has that broad experience.

Judges knowledgeable about criminal law help keep us safe. We have a good court structure for addressing multiple family issues, but it is only as good as the judges who administer it. Our local economy is stronger when we have knowledgeable judges helping businesses resolve their differences efficiently and fairly.

Joe Davis is known for his fair and smart decision-making skills. He will help make our county a safer, more thriving place to raise our families, conduct our business, and lead healthy and meaningful lives.

Priscilla Weaver


Pass the BOLD act

Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and more than 15 million serving as unpaid caregivers. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the United States develops every 66 seconds.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America at an estimated cost of $259 billion annually. And with Medicare and Medicaid covering two-thirds of its annual costs, Alzheimer’s demands more attention from our government.

Congress has a chance to take decisive action by passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256). The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions. These interventions include increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

Join me in asking Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Greg Walden to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s by sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. Learn more at www.alz.org.

Lori Stanton


Fine people?

Let me guess: The two men who were passing out Holocaust-denier fliers prior to a recent performance of the Collaborative Theatre Project’s current production of The Diary of Anne Frank were some of the “very fine people on both sides” referred to by President Trump in his pathetic attempt to defend the moral character of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and others of their ilk who were involved in last year’s “pride” march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Should there be any doubt that these two men have been emboldened by our president’s tepid response to this march? Sad.

Kurt Bernhardt