Letters to the Editor
Under the new redistricting plan, Harlan County is now part of the 29th senatorial district that also includes Floyd, Knott and Letcher counties.
I look forward to serving as your senator, and to better do that, it is important that I hear from you about the community’s needs. Your ideas and advice will be important in guiding my work in Frankfort.
Throughout my tenure in the Kentucky General Assembly, I have had a strong record of working for significant progress in such areas as roads, education, economic development and infrastructure. One of my main concerns during the 2014 Legislative Session will be to balance the state budget, while preserving health care, public safety and, of course, education. Other top priorities will include stimulating economic growth to create new jobs and protecting the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens.
My overall goal is to work to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of the 29th district. That is why it is so vital that you stay in contact with me on any issues and concerns you may have. Together we will make a difference and move Harlan County forward.
Contact me in Frankfort by mail at 702 Capitol Avenue, Annex Rm. 254, Frankfort, KY 40601; by phone, 502-564-2470, and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnny Ray Turner
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, today there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including as many as 80,000 Kentuckians. This number is expected to grow to as many as 97,000 within the commonwealth by the year 2025 if we don’t do all we can to stop the disease today.
Alzheimer’s disease is not a Republican or Democratic issue — it affects all of us. And that is why I was more encouraged than ever when a unanimous, bipartisan Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). This project spurred the creation of the first ever National Alzheimer’s Plan for the United States.
With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the cost of Alzheimer’s care and services will continue to rise, straining our overwhelmed health care system and threatening to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid. Congress must illustrate their understanding of the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease and come together once again, to commit the necessary resources to begin to change the trajectory of the disease. The Senate has prioritized the National Alzheimer’s Plan by including an additional $100 million for research, education, care and support. It is vitally important that Congress include these resources in fiscal year 2014.
I have personally seen the devastation Alzheimer’s disease can cause. Not only have I worked for over 16 years professionally helping those who have had Alzheimer’s, but personally watched my grandmother suffer through its devastation. I watched as we lost her mentally over the years of progression, and then watched as we lost her physically from the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the only disease which results in two deaths. The death of disconnection, when your loved one no longer remembers you, and then physical death which ensues when the body can no longer compensate for the mental decline.
We are at a critical juncture and now have a road map and strategy for the first time to fight Alzheimer’s. We now urge President Obama and Congress to put aside damaging partisan politics and focus on finding common ground that will enable us to marshal his resources, expertise and innovation needed to change the course of the disease for the millions living with Alzheimer’s today and the millions who will face it in the future.
Please contact Congressman Hal Rogers, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul today. Ask them to provide the funding necessary to support the National Alzheimer’s Plan through Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and support activities. Also visit alz.org/napa to learn how you can become involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s
Greg Gilbert, RN
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