This has been Cross-posted at Moms Clean Air Force Ohio
An Open Letter to the 2012 Republican Candidate Hopefuls:
Every morning as I drink my coffee, I read the news updates on your preliminary campaigns and I’m so sad. All of you are religious and conservative. You’ve made your positions clear on issues like Abortion and National Debt and Education. Not one of you agrees 100% with the other and that’s ok. That’s why there’s a choice and how we decide who will be the best fit for our presidential candidate. As time as passed and debates have been won, I feel a very limited sense of confidence in my potential Republican candidate.
I realize that since President Nixon’s tenure, Republicans haven’t placed a high priority on the environment, but now is the time for change. NOW is the time in our country’s history that you need to stand up and make positive choices for our natural resources. These resources are all that we have to give our children for their future. These children are the future of our country!
Mothers all over the US are angry. We’re angry about the pathetic state of our air quality. We’re angry that our children suffer from asthma in unprecedented numbers and cannot live like children should live: enjoying their days, running and playing.
As a mother in Ohio, I don’t want my state to continue to be the most toxic state in the union. I don’t want to wake up on summer days and worry about the air quality being too poor for us to play outside. I want to be able to let my children enjoy nature without fear of toxins and pollution. Please hear our voices and take the time to revisit your positions on environmental issues. Take the time to truly count the cost of the Clean Air Act and see the long-term benefits. Consider the damage done if we throw away all that has been worked toward in the last 2 decades. Listen to us mothers, fighting for our children, their health and their world. If necessary, go against the party line and take a stand with us for our environment and for Clean Air.
I implore you to think about our children, your children, and their future. Remember as you debate over healthcare, that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from Asthma. This Asthma eats up billions of dollars in healthcare, causes thousands of missed days at school or work and sadly claims hundreds of lives each year. Asthma sufferers would be some the first people who could benefit from some consideration for our environment. Please consider the whole picture as you make your decisions and don’t write off the environmental issues as ones that won’t really be worth your time. I promise you, that when it comes to Clean Air and our children, even the smallest issue is worth your time.
Laura Burns (Mother of 2)