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Dear Editor:

After suffering with Alzheimer’s for over 20 years my mother Virginia Mitchell passed away at the age of 86 on July 26, 2018. As her primary caregiver it was heartbreaking watching Alzheimer’s disease ravage her mind and body. There is currently no cure, and no way to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s. It is a runaway train heading straight over a cliff.

This summer I attended the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Forum in Washington D.C. as a volunteer Ambassador to Sen. David Perdue. I would like to see Sen. Perdue join the 50 other Senate co-sponsors of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S.2076).

The bipartisan Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would strengthen our nation’s public health response to Alzheimer’s by providing public health officials with the funding and resources necessary to increase early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk, and prevent avoidable hospitalizations. Recent research shows that aggressive lowering of systolic blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of developing cognitive decline and dementia.

If you hate Alzheimer’s as much as I do please join me in asking Sen. Perdue to co-sponsor BOLD. Take action today by texting BOLDACT to 52886!

Sincerely,

Connie D. Mitchell

 

Dear Editor:

Lest we forget - U.S. Constitution ratified 231 years ago.

Monday, Sept 17 is an important date in American history - - on that date, Sept 17, 1787, thirty-nine members of the Constitutional Convention meeting in Philadelphia signed the proposed new Constitution for The United States of America. In all, from early April through September, 55 delegates from twelve of the original colonies debated the wording of a magnificent experiment in governing. Debate was sometimes rather heated, yet on serious sticking subjects, the delegates, conducting themselves as gentlemen of reason, managed to compromise without totally destroying the work they had begun. Would that our current Congress would learn that skill and stop their apparently ceaseless partisan bickering. The Confederation Congress, meeting in New York City, submits, by resolution, the Constitution to the 13 states for ratification on Sept 28, 1787. Over the next months and years, it was ratified by all 13 states, Delaware was the first on Dec 7, 1787 (Georgia was fourth on Jan 2, 1788, by unanimous vote), and finally, on June 25, 1788, our Constitution became official with the ratification by the ninth state to do so, New Hampshire. The final state to ratify was Rhode Island (who sent no delegates to the Constitutional Convention) on May 29, 1790.

The Constitution as presented to the Confederation Congress contained only the Constitution as signed by 39 of the 42 delegates present on Sept 17, 1787. It outlined how the three branches of government therein proposed were to be formed and elected, and gave specific powers and duties, establishing what we now term “checks and balances” so that no one branch of government can become dominant. Several amendments were also forwarded, outlining the rights and responsibilities for individual citizens of the new Republic. 

On June 8, 1789, James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights into the House of Representatives and by December 1791, after consideration by the States, the first 10 amendments (Bill of Rights) became a part of our Constitution. To show the foresightedness of those 55 delegates, only 17 additional amendments have been added in those 226 intervening years, this in view of the enormous growth of the first 13 colonies across this broad land, and the totally unimaginable technological advances of our society.

On a personal note, the author has studied the history of the Constituting Convention, and I fear we have strayed ominously away from original intent. The delegates felt strongly that government should not be powerful, rather that they provide collectively for what capable individuals could not do by themselves. I sometimes wonder what George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, James Monroe, some of the leading lights of that Convention, would say if they were present today. Anyone care to answer that question?

Joe Fore

 

Dear Editor:

Sometimes we do not talk much about our church. But I am so proud of mine. I belong to Refuge Baptist Church.

 

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