Letters to the Editor 6-1-18

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Sheehey recommended for state representative

Dear Editor,
I recommend Pete Sheehey as best qualified to serve Los Alamos County in the state Legislature.
I support Pete for several reasons. First, he’s service oriented. He gets that serving in government means working for actual people, not simply engaging in policy debate. He knows that the job of our legislator is to achieve results that improve our community. He’s demonstrated that philosophy in the hundreds or thousands of decisions he’s made over the past decade as County Councilor and Planning and Zoning Commission member.
Second, Pete’s extensive time in these leadership positions give him a full and timely understanding of issues that are important to many of us today. He’s put in thousands of hours serving our community and has participated in economic development, housing and public works decisions. He’s researched utilities and environmental issues. He’s heard from citizens across all demographics on the issues and opportunities that matter to them. He has served when county revenues went up and when they went down. These prior experiences make him well qualified to represent us in the Roundhouse.
Finally, Pete is open minded, a hard worker, and a good listener. As his council colleague, I have watched him do his best to vote in accordance with what he has learned from citizens even when his personal preferences might have pointed in a different direction. As an individual citizen, I trust him to do a good job representing my personal priorities – namely issues that impact children, families, and seniors. He doesn’t assume that he knows what’s right for people with different priorities and ideas; he listens. Even when we have disagreed, Pete has always heard me out and treated me with respect and courtesy; and that is a quality whose value in Santa Fe shouldn’t be underestimated.
For these reasons, I support Pete Sheehey for state representative and encourage you to support him too.
Susan O’Leary
Los ALamos

Support needed for
Alzheimer’s treatment

Dear Editor,
As the sixth leading cause of death, and the only cause of death in the top 10 without a cure, prevention or effective treatment, Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis across the Nation.  In New Mexico, 38,000 people are living with the disease and their care is provided primarily by their families.
As an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer Advisory Board Member, I am passionate about bringing this conversation out into the light of day. Changing the trajectory of this public health crisis will not happen until more dialogue occurs. As I discuss this issue in the community, I encounter so many who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease in their family, many with little resources.
I am writing to ask for community support to contact your state representative in Washington, Sen. Tom Udall, and ask him to support a federal appropriation for additional funding to the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $425 million for fiscal year 2019, which would fund additional research of the disease and increase the likelihood of finding a cure, prevention or effective treatment.
Likewise, ask him to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256) which would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions focused on public health issues such as increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
Together we can change the trajectory of this devastating disease.
Tracy Ayers
Alzheimer’s Association ACT Member