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Readers share their thoughts on the Washington County Fair Complex and Alzheimer's legislation.

Tearing down fairground buildings is a bridge too far

I must protest the destruction of the Washington County Fairgrounds. First the Hillsboro Air Show caused issues with scheduling the use of the fairgrounds during the airshow. The fair board lost that battle. Then, a road goes through the middle of the complex for a MAX station. Another loss for the fairgrounds.

Now the taxpayers of our county and city are expected to pay for a commercial development that will replace the agricultural use of the fairgrounds. Wait, perhaps I misunderstood; maybe the building will be open to the horses, cows, bunnies, pigs and other displays come fair time! I can watch pigs fly at the same time.

Stop this today. We may not be able to stop the theft and rape of our farmlands for housing but maybe, just maybe we can stop this misuse of publicly owned property.

Kathi Elder-Hibler, Hillsboro

Congress needs to act on Alzheimer's agenda

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.

As a lawyer who sees vultures take advantage of diminished capacity, I know firsthand how crucial it is for early detection so that we can each get our affairs in order to protect ourselves, our future and our legacies. Early detection allows for one to put legal protections in place like powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and trust and estate plans.

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.

Victoria Blachly, Tigard


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