Published DateTo The Daily Sun,
To our State Senators and Representatives:
The Laconia's Human Relations Committee is a task force of concerned individuals that works to address issues of importance to the Lakes Region community. Many people in the Lakes Region have become stigmatized because of the lack of access to necessary health care — physical and mental, preventative and on-going for the youngest to the oldest of our residents. As representatives of the Lakes Region to the state, we ask that you vote for Medicaid expansion: moral and just funding that grants access to health care as a basic human right for the neediest among us.
Here is the Human Relations Committee mission statement.
a) Cultivate a community-wide climate that does not tolerate prejudice of any kind which undermines the dignity of any person.
b) Educate ourselves and our children about the presence and dehumanizing impact of any prejudicial attitudes that are currently at work in our community.
c) Promote, in as many segments of our community life as is possible, policies and practices which encourage and demand equal opportunity and responsibility for all people.
d) Proactively resist and publicly condemn any practices or incidents in our community which either result from or might encourage prejudice, intolerance, harassment and discrimination.
In the words of Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, "... I refuse to stand by while people suffer.... it will extend cost-effective care to Arizona's working poor, using the very tax dollars our citizens already pay to the federal government. It will help prevent our rural and safety-net hospitals from closing their doors. And it will boost our economy by creating more than 20,000 jobs at a time when Arizona needs them most.
I hope you will understand how the Laconia Human Relations Committee wishes to see the marginalized people of the Laconia area have the same access to health care others have and not be stigmatized because the state refuses to grant them this basic right.
Leonard Campbell, Interim Chair
Laconia Human Relations Committee