Letters to the editor
Support walk to end Alzheimer's disease
Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. The most expensive disease in America, Alzheimer's is also the sixth-leading cause of death in our country. There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, including 65,000 Oregonians.
Since 2010, Congress has quadrupled funding for Alzheimer's research. This influx of funding — and the continued commitment of Sens. Merkley and Wyden and Rep. Schrader — is accelerating progress toward new discoveries and giving us hope for the future.
As an attorney who helps financially abused victims in both Oregon and Washington, I see how some take advantage of the vulnerability caused by brain-related diseases, and my participation with the Alzheimer's Association and their annual walk is an opportunity to educate others about the importance of staying vigilant in finding a cure. The walk brings our community together in a positive way that uplifts and inspires; we all need to hold onto the hope of being there when the first survivor of Alzheimer's is announced.
At the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, people carry flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer's — a disease that currently has no cure. But what if one day there was a flower for Alzheimer's first survivor? What if there were millions of them? Help make that beautiful day happen by joining us for the world's largest fundraiser to fight the disease.
I'm proudly participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Portland at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Rose Quarter Commons. Start or join a team at alz.org/walk.
Time to rely on more than property taxes
Addicted to Property Taxes?
A recent article in local media noted a study of Oregon's property tax by the National Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The study suggested Oregon reduce or eliminate any restrictions on property taxes in order to increase revenue. Gov. Kate Brown and the Legislature expressed interest in addressing the supposed property tax problem in the 2019 session.
Perhaps they should look to other sources of revenue, such as a state sales tax like 45 other states. California and Washington are among those with sales tax to help support government burden. Meanwhile, we in Oregon are facing huge deficits and escalating property tax bills.
Comparing my property taxes in Washington County to those of an in-law in Saratoga, Calif. His house's assessed value was $4 million and he paid $8,112 for 2017-18 (partially limited by Prop. 13). Our house is valued at $400,000 and I paid $5,953. If his home was here the taxes would have been $59,530. Does Oregon really need to increase its reliance on real estate taxes?
Oregon regularly runs budget deficits while relying primarily on real estate and income taxes. California utilizes a broad portfolio of tax sources and only occasionally has budget deficits. Is there any hope our governor and Legislature will notice how other more successful states meet their funding needs? Or will they continue to be addicted to the drug of income and property taxes?
Prusak right for House District 37
I want to recommend Rachel Prusak as a highly qualified replacement for Julie Parrish in HD 37.
Rachel is sharp, active, thoughtful, civic minded, and has the experience dealing with people and social issues (as a nurse) that we need in Salem.
I know Julie Parrish and ran against her for this same seat. I give Julie good marks for being approachable but she is inconsistent, "follows the money" of donors, and does not think issues through. She was a leading sponsor for BM 101, the measure that would have meant thousands would have lost health care, and which, fortunately, was handily defeated last January.
Rachel was and is a very strong supporter of health care at all levels. Follow her campaign. Give her support. She would be a breath of fresh, and skillful, air in Salem; someone who understands our district's everyday struggles.