December 6, 2017
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
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Prosser, WA 99350
Rep. Terry Nealey
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Letters to the Editor
Prosser City Council
Raise the Standard
The recent cases of sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers and their staff, past and present, demand a strong response from Congress. Our bosses are you, the American people, and you deserve accountability.
Washington Would Benefit from ANWR Leasing
For the last two decades, federal legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been stymied.  Now, it is part of federal tax reform which Congress is likely to approve.
Prosser City Council
Steve Zetz was appointed to the newly created City Planner to Planning and Economic Development Director by Mayor Pro-Tem, Morgan Everett. The associated ordinance was approved. Steve Zetz was formerly the Prosser City Planner.
Prosser School Board
Special Education training and certifications highlight the school's area's focus this month. Dr. Syndi Duehn provided the Board with and update on the work taking place in her department with the transition of Prosser Falls integrating into regular High School activities along with an in-depth discussion of Special Ed funding and processes.
Alzheimer Disease
Dear Editor:
It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer's disease. Too often Alzheimer's and other dementias are treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.
With two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is an issue that demands more attention from our government.
As someone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer's, and as one of the 110,000 living with Alzheimer's in Washington, I understand the physical and emotional costs of the disease.
Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256), endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association. This new bill would create an Alzheimer's public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer's interventions like increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.
Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the U.S. The nation currently spends $259 billion a year on Alzheimer's, which is why we need this new approach. If we are going to end this disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.
Join me in asking Congressman Dan Newhouse and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to fight for the five million Americans living with Alzheimer's by cosponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act.  Thank you.
LuPita Gutierrez-Parker
Letters to the Editor