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    Marvin C. Sather

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What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

Which solutions to climate change do you think are most important and most feasible for Montana?

What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women, especially women in minority populations, in our state?

What should state government do, if anything, to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

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Obviously, the pandemic is testing Montana citizens daily. It is agonizing to see the numbers rising of those with the disease. Local experts are being attacked; medical science is being ignored. Here is my take: the three "R's." You have the RIGHT to your opinion. RESPECT the medical official by listening to reasons and facts. You are RESPONSIBLE as to your own health and the health of others. This will take time for the facts, the truth, to sink in. Let's be patient, calm, and kind to each other. Only then can we come together.

Affordable housing has become an issue. Residents are being priced out of home ownership and rental market. Families must be afforded opportunities to live in affordable housing. Public housing must be addressed.
We should understand that clean energy uses will contribute to the reduction in factors contributing to the climate change. We can reduce reliance on energy resources by adopting energy conservation, efficiency and the development of clean, renewable energy resources. In addition, we should explore and implement recycling practices. As well, a return to forest management needs to be addressed. Such management will diminish the risk of uncontrollable forest fires.
In my 50 years as an educator, I worked side-by side with women. We were paid the same and held accountable the same. We helped each other. We laughed and joked together. Why shouldn’t that be the case for all women and men no matter what the job is or what the roles were at home with family? My mom was as important as was my dad. What steps will I take? I ask each of you to respect one another, act responsibly and be kind to one another, and I will do the same, whether you are in a minority population or not.
Public education is the backbone of democratic society and is the primary catalyst for strong economic fairness and freedom, upward mobility and quality of life. A strong and healthy public education system prepares children for opportunities we face in a changing economy. Adequate public funds for all levels of education are critical. The current State Superintendent of Instruction has transferred $800,000 to private schools. That’s a lot of money. Separation of church and state is needed. This should not have happened. As well, schools should provide programs to foster programs like “school-to-work,” preparing them for life after school. Finally, school districts should seek high standards for quality, safety and equality.
Access for all—is it a dream or not? I don’t want to go back to the pandemic, but I will just say the long term may be longer. The needs are a long list: substance abuse, addictions, suicides, physical and mental health, vision, dental, rural care, aging population, uninsured children and adults of low-income, pre-existing conditions and more. I believe health care is a right. But is it equal? From what I have seen, no, it’s not equal. What will the U.S. Supreme Court decide as to ACA? I would hope Medicare could be expanded, some baby steps that would be helpful. If we could come together with reason and empathy, someday we may be reassured.