Economic recovery requires a real strategy to deal with the pandemic and policies focused on families, small businesses, and local economies. A comprehensive approach to economic recovery requires that we also address the public health crisis comprising healthcare that leaves millions uninsured and a global pandemic that has become politicized in the U.S.
Health care is a human right. Arguably no area is more important right now for tens of millions of Americans than implementing health care for all. How we get there is a conversation that we can and should have, but the goal must be health care for all. Not some. Not even most. But all.
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America’s system of checks and balances requires public servants of conscience and wisdom, not allegiance to partisanship and division. We must insist on high standards of conduct and judgment in our politicians—or fire them and hire those willing to listen and lead. Accountability and ethics in our government are founding principles and essential to a working democracy.
The foundation of America’s economic growth and prosperity is publicly funded education, education for the public good. In addition to the ongoing and necessary debate about the affordability of higher education and the burden of student loan debt, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown our system of public elementary and secondary education into disarray.
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Ours is a country with a history of social inequalities, among them: Racial Justice, Police Reform, Freedom of Religion, LGBTQ, Disability Rights, Immigration, and Women’s Rights.
We must start by acknowledging the scientific reality of man-made climate change and the current crisis in which we find ourselves. We need to respond with urgency and the will to change. At the same time, we should wholly embrace the opportunity to create new jobs and industries, to reinvest in infrastructure and energy, to adapt and adopt sustainable practices across multiple sectors, and to prioritize conservation as part of our response.
Keeping communities and schools safe and maintaining the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns are not mutually exclusive goals. We need to move the conversation beyond bumper-sticker messages and craft workable, common-sense solutions to gun violence. The 2nd Amendment was not meant to allow people to shoot those who are exercising their 1st Amendment rights.
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Utah’s majestic geography is a public asset owned by all Americans, even as rural communities raise legitimate points about the balance between land protection, tourism, and local economics. We have a responsibility for stewardship of our public lands, to maintain and protect public land values and the economic, community, and natural resources they offer, for both current and future generations.
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