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1 01, 2019

Onward to 2019

By |2019-01-01T20:48:13-04:00January 1st, 2019|Journal|

Portsmouth Love, Not Hate Candlelight VigilI met so many wonderful people across the state during my congressional campaign. I elevated and advanced discussion on the importance of climate change, drinking water protection, money in politics, and the highest in the nation cancer rates in New Hampshire. Looking back, I wouldn’t change my decision to run

31 12, 2018

Even as more PFAS sites are spotted, Michigan legislators have worked to weaken the regulations…

By |2018-12-31T12:43:35-04:00December 31st, 2018|Journal|

Photo by Sebastian PichlerEven as more PFAS sites are spotted, Michigan legislators have worked to weaken the regulations that protect our communities. In a series of lame duck bills, one of the many distasteful nuggets buried deep in the mess of hurried laws included provisions to increase the amount of PFAS deemed safe for state

30 11, 2018

PFAS In Michigan: Who’s Contaminating Our Water

By |2018-11-30T11:53:17-04:00November 30th, 2018|Journal|

One of the best ways to find something? Actually start looking for it. News of PFAS contamination around manufacturing and military sites across the state have spread like wildfire, but this issue isn’t new. It’s just that we actually opened our eyes.Businesses and government agencies have known about PFAS for decades, but with a long list

22 11, 2018

Keep chairs at holiday tables

By |2018-11-22T21:18:24-04:00November 22nd, 2018|Journal|

The holidays are a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. I am thankful for all my friends and colleagues who work across the aisle, including Governor Sununu, who has collaborated on important policy changes to protect New Hampshire from environmental exposures, cancer, and suicide. But we have more work to do and

1 11, 2018

Final Minority Report of the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness

By |2018-11-01T20:31:05-04:00November 1st, 2018|Journal|

Photograph of unmitigated, overflowing toxins adjacent to Coakley Landfill Superfund Site, Greenland, NH.DATE: November 1, 2018TO: Honorable Chris Sununu, Governor, et al.FROM: Representative Mindi Messmer, HB511 Lead Sponsor, Commission Member(Note from the Author: This Minority Report reflects the work of the minority of the HB511 Commission. An attempt was made to block the issuance of the important

30 10, 2018

The Motor Inside Me

By |2018-10-30T09:48:21-04:00October 30th, 2018|Journal|

Chad KirchoffOne of my earliest memories as a child was when I was playing on the sidewalk with a few neighborhood children, a couple of boys next door and the girl across the street. It was a bright, sunny day, yet the guarded, hushed tones of the grownups in the neighborhood signaled something was amiss — clearly,

25 10, 2018

Less Cancer Names Additional Board Members, Advisor RYE, NH.

By |2018-10-25T22:48:32-04:00October 25th, 2018|Journal|

October 24, 2018 — The Next Generation Choices Foundation, commonly known as “Less Cancer,” has named three industry leaders to its board of directors and added one special advisor.Joining the board is Dr. Jan Kirk Carney, Dr. Janie Heath and Dr. Thomas Uldrick. Also named as a special advisor is Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.Dr. Jan Kirk Carney, MD, MPHDr. Jan

19 10, 2018

Chemicals In Your Backyard: From Flint to P

By |2018-10-19T12:43:17-04:00October 19th, 2018|Journal|

Chemicals In Your Backyard: From Flint to PFASPhoto by André RobillardWe hear about it all the time. From the cancer clusters in New Hampshire to contaminated beaches and waterways all over the country, environmental contamination is always someone else’s problem.In Michigan, that changed in a huge way. When the Flint water crisis finally hit the news, we

10 10, 2018

Yes We Can: Collaboration is Possible in a World of Extreme Thinkers

By |2018-10-10T16:58:36-04:00October 10th, 2018|Journal|

Photo by Nicholas SwansonWe live in a time where there is more currency in divisive “us and them” posturing than in unifying collaboration. It’s a constant disappointment to see even the brightest among us jumping on board with those they see as like-minded, simply for the sake of loyalty. “Brand allegiance” now overrules independent thought or

12 09, 2018

Investing in Change

By |2018-09-12T18:02:43-04:00September 12th, 2018|Journal|

Photo by Jonathan FranciscaWe hear a lot about change — snappy slogans and uplifting sound bites — but real change, lasting change, requires so much more than words.And while it’s often briefly encouraging to hear that people want to change things, we know that intentions never replace intelligence or strategies when it comes to actually doing something. It’s not one