It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often, Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.
And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.
We lost my wife’s mother to this disease in 2004. As Katerina lived with us for a number of years prior to the disease, we saw up close and personal the devastating impact it had on her and my family.
More and more Ohio families will be touched by Alzheimer’s in the coming years, and steps need to be taken to mitigate its impact going forward.
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). Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the BOLD Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions, including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
Join me in thanking Congressman Bob Latta for co-sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, and for his continued efforts to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. Alzheimer’s costs the country more than $259 billion a year, which is why we need the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.
In northwest Ohio alone, there are approximately 32,000 people who have been diagnosed and are currently struggling with this disease. If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.
Bill Conlisk

Foolish and unconstitutional Supreme Court decisions have attempted to put God in a box. The false separation of the church and state is such an attempt.
The original Bill of Rights was to guarantee freedom of religion from government intervention and against the government-established religion. Because of the false interpretation, an atheist group calls itself freedom from religion. The intent is to remove any expression of faith from society.
The “false separation” has in effect rejected the most successful program against drugs in America, Teen Challenge, founded by David Wilkerson, now deceased. Wilkerson was an Assembly of God minister.
A best-selling book, “The Cross and the Switchblade” tells the powerful faith stories of former drug addicts now delivered and healed. A movie was made by the same title.
The rejection of prayer and Bible reading in schools has affected a downward spiral. A look at the chaos in our schools and society since the early ’60s testifies to the rejection of real faith answers.
This secular society has cut off its nose to spite its face.
Our great nation didn’t start that way. The Congress actually had Bibles printed. It’s evident we have rejected the foundation upon which we were founded.
There are prayer movements calling us to return to the God by whose providence we exist. Your god may be in a box, but not the true creator God. He is gracious and merciful to all who call on him in truth.
He will act when we agree with him. Without him we are on our own. That’s scary.
Wayne Baldridge

I am writing in response to a recent cable television situation I had. I have been a customer of one TV provider for over 40 years, and I’ve never been late with a payment.
Yet, in less than one year, the “new” company took my bill from $56 to $76 for the exact same service.
I am now being told I have to get a receiver for each TV at $7 each a month!
These receivers are energy hogs, and I don’t have a place to put them.
Can our elected officials help? I am sure there are other people feeling the same way.
Craig Holman