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  • Dennis Evans

  • Pat Grassley

Biographical Information

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

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

In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else?

What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?

I believe equality comes through education. I also believe that women provide a majority of the time and effort of childcare. We need to provide childcare starting much earlier at reasonable costs. If schools provide daycare from birth then it would be much easier for women to not have to interrupt their careers during those early years. For those mom's who decide to stay home and care for their children we need to find a way to value that care. The interruption to stay home causes women to lose value time in building funds for their retirement. Women also provide must of the care for aging parents. We need to raise the minimum wage so that families can live a better quality of life.
We need to find ways to provide healthcare at a reasonable price. The ACA was a start in providing healthcare for millions who had not had it before, but it needs to have added benefits. As a SHIIP counselor, I see many people who have to decide between buying their drugs and paying for food. If the ACA goes away, I have great concerns about the care we will all receive because of the damage it will do to our local hospitals..
We have found with the coronavirus, that we have weaknesses in our systems in Iowa. The broadband in our community is not strong enough to handle all of the programs that I have been trying to run. Something we have learned however, is that people can work from home and still have good jobs. We need to sell the quality of life that we have on Iowa, but to do that we have to have the systems in place to be prepared for the technological needs of our residences. I also believe that we need to address our environmental issues in the state. I know that my son and daughter-in-law have said they will not move to Iowa because of the air and water quality.
I have no problem with people owning guns in Iowa. However, I see no need to people to be carrying guns to church and other personal spaces. I also see no need to having a gun that can fire substantial rounds in a very short time. We also need to keep the guns out of the hands of people with mental issues. Since so many mental health programs have been cut to the bone in Iowa I don't believe our systems are able to deal with this issue affectively.
Our society needs to learn tolerance. When I first became a teacher, we were required to take a human relations class. That class introduced us to people from all walks of life. There was a value to meeting those people and hearing their stories and issues that they were dealing with. We may not be able to walk in their shoes, but we at least need to listen and hear the challenges they face. Once people realize our similarities their differences are not so important.
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