It’s time to bring health into public health.
While the covid death toll is devastating, we lose over 2 million lives every single year due to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. On top of that, existing chronic disease made us more vulnerable to covid. The CDC reports that only 5% of people who died of covid had no comorbidities. Chronic disease is the real killer.
Our public health agencies have been narrowly focused on infectious disease and pharmaceuticals. A broader approach that includes supporting true health will benefit both the physical and mental health crises, reduce costs, improve productivity, and make us more resilient in the face of another pandemic. It also improves quality of life.
Public health should be supportive, not coercive. Medical mandates erode trust in our public health institutions, create worker shortages, financially hurt hard-working families, and have negative physical and psychological impacts.
Physical and mental health begins with a clean environment.
Toxic chemicals in the environment are the elephant in the room that no one is talking about. They are contributing to the physical and mental health crises. The average newborn has 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood. One hundred and eighty of these chemicals cause cancer and 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system.
We're also putting fluoride, a potent neurotoxin that reduces IQ, into drinking water in many communities. Residents have been reaching out to their legislators for years to no avail. There is also growing concern about the chemicals being sprayed for mosquito control and climate purposes.
I support green energy projects that would create good paying jobs. I would lead initiatives to install solar panel canopies over parking lots where they would not only provide energy, but protection from the elements. This is a far better solution than placing solar panels in green spaces or cutting down trees to make space.
I would encourage regenerative farming practices to restore depleted soil, reduce chemical inputs, and increase natural diversity.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.
They employ about half of the workforce. Arbitrary covid19 mandates permanently shuttered about 40% of small businesses in the nation. My husband and I are small business owners and experienced pre-covid how difficult and expensive it is to start up and run a small business here. I intend to make Massachusetts friendlier to small businesses through lower taxes, preferential loans, and rolling back onerous regulations, so that they once again flourish, create jobs, and help residents achieve the American dream.
Given the dramatic decline in reading and math scores during the pandemic – the largest drop in reading since 1990 and the first ever decline in math - I would like to direct educational funding towards boosting students’ academic success with a focus on STEM, reading, and writing, as well as civics and financial literacy, and away from divisive programming that politicizes gender ideology and race. I also support healthier school lunches and environment. By cutting wasteful spending, we can boost academic achievement without raising taxes.
We owe a debt of gratitude to all First Responders who bravely serve our communities. Defunding the police and making their job more difficult is a short-sighted approach that increases crime and makes us less safe. Any challenges within the police force are better addressed with training, resources, and support.
Veterans living in poverty and without access to quality health care is a disgrace. Veterans did their duty serving our country. It is our duty to take care of them for the rest of their lives.
Massachusetts is ranked as the least transparent state in the nation. This is one of the reasons people have lost their trust and don’t bother to engage in the political process. I will work hard to make our government more transparent and accountable, get money out of politics, and uphold the Constitution. My votes on bills will not be determined by politics, but by the merits of the issue, what the people want, and affordability. It is my sincere goal to bridge the partisan divide by welcoming all viewpoints and engaging in robust debate, so we can create the best solutions for the problems facing our community. I am unencumbered by political and financial allegiances and am firmly committed to the people. We’ve had enough of entrenched, career politicians. It’s time to return to being a government by the people for the people.
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