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I have lived in Michigan my entire life, I was born in Garden City (Wayne Co.), I was raised in Harrison (Clare Co.), lived in Reed City (Osceola Co.) and now I reside in Mt. Pleasant (Isabella Co,).
Our roads and infrastructures are crumbling. When our Governor tells us--the people of this state--that things will get fixed, that person needs to keep their word and get the job done. I am sick and tired of hearing campaign promises and then nothing gets done and the problem gets worse.
I drive around the state a lot so I know most of the major roads and where they go. I see construction and patching in places that don't need it as bad as other roads in other towns. The roads in Detroit and surrounding areas are completely destroyed and little has been done to make these roads not only easier to drive on but SAFER; some of the potholes could take a front end out and cause an accident.
There must be a way that the state can find a solution to not only fixing all the roads, but making sure they will last. How about using hempcrete? Not only would it finally fix these roads, but it's better for the Earth and environment and it would create hemp farmers, which in turn would create jobs.
Affordable housing is not affordable. I now see why Isabella County is the poorest in the state. I had found that hard to believe compared to Lake, Wayne and Luce Counties. But rent here is outrageous, beyond affordable, especially for those like me living on disability payments (I want off it!) which brings in $780.00 a month to cover a $700.00 rent, along with other monthly bills. If we claim we're providing people a minimal amount of cash to live on then one of 2 things needs to happen: either people on disability (SSI &SSD) get more money to live and survive, or landlords and property owners need to lower the cost of housing. If you want people to thrive and put money back into our economy and invest into our future, then we need to make it easier for Michiganders to survive.
Food stamps were designed as a backup for food, but now we rely on that $180.00 a month to fill our bellies. If the state wants people to stop using food stamps, then we need to provide enough funds to be used more for food.
My 2 boys got sent to prison in 2014 (charged with armed robbery). They were 17 and 20. From that, I learned much about how the State of Michigan ran its Department of Corrections; the whole system needs a revamp. My sons got thrust into an environment that is meant for the worst of the worse. Like my 2 boys, most inmates in our prison system are good people who made a very bad decision. If we offer life skills and teach these inmates the skills they will need when they get out, they could be productive members of society, get good jobs, buy homes and pay taxes. That's how the state should be making money off people, not by the DOC having a revolving door for mistakes and paying corporations for profiting from them. I want Michigan to be the first state to revamp the prison system like Norway and treat our inmates like real people and not animals, and help them become contributing members to society.
Once and for all, we must get rid of these damn drugs that have overtaken every county and city in this state. I myself fell into that whole drug use and pill addiction for 20 years and it destroyed my life and my teeth. I almost died twice. When I came home, I got my medical card and I got myself off all narcotics. It was an eye-opener to learn how much the hemp and cannabis industries can offer. Why not have the state make money and make jobs growing and cultivating hemp and cannabis while allowing people to get healthy.
We need to teach our children that it is OK to be different, look different, believe differently, think differently and stop the bullying in our schools and on social media. I was that poor fat girl who wore glasses so I know what it's like to be looked at as different and treated like dirt. Since then, I lost weight and got myself healthy and stronger. (No one ever guesses I once weighed 310 pounds.) I see young people looking down on others because of a lack of knowledge. Our children need to realize we ALL come from different genetics and backgrounds and that diversity is a good thing, to accept the fact that everyone is not the same and nor should they be. Individualism is a great thing, learn from it.
Our Great Lakes and inland lakes are a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts--I'm one of them. Yet all I see in and around our lakes, rivers, marshlands and shorelines is garbage and waste. Michigan is a beautiful state that offers so much in the areas of hunting and fishing, but all this garbage is polluting the animals we catch or kill to feed ourselves. Young people want challenges, here is one: go out and pick up garbage in every county. Our beautiful state is looking trashier and trashier, so who would want to come here?
The town of Harrison had been a nice vacation spot to take your family to do outdoors stuff. Now all you see is houses falling apart and drugs running rampant. If we want tourists to come to these nice towns and bring money, then we as a state need to clean them up and make them places to visit and maybe live.
I would love to see towns like Flint, Saginaw and Detroit get back to their glory. Our cities and towns around the whole state have so much to offer people but they need work.
Elderly people should not have to decide whether to eat or to pay for medication. In the last years of their lives they may need life-saving medications, but these cost an arm and a leg. Michigan needs to offer something new and improved when it comes to insuring EVERYONE fully.
Dental care should be just as important as a 6-month physical. Insurance companies need to work with dispensaries for cannabis users. They paid for 20 years of benzodiazepines, muscle relaxers, nerve relaxers, antidepressants and narcotics for me, why not pay for my healthy medicine.
I attended MMCC, Baker College and FSU (no degree...yet). When it comes to higher education, the state needs to push for more trade schools--those are skills that can be used throughout life and offer opportunities. Students who choose to attend college to climb the corporate ladder should not have to take out loans before they are 20. Even tho they graduate college, they are in debt up to their ears and, unless they get that high paying job, they can not pay off that loan and don't get ahead. There has to be a way to make trade schools and colleges affordable so we can get ahead and survive and not live in debt and creditors begging for money.
We need a candidate who understands and who listens and most importantly we need a candidate who the people of this beautiful state can talk to and give ideas and suggestions to make their home towns better. If we all work together to make Michigan Green and Great, our next generations will have a good place to call home.
I truly believe it is time for a change in our politics and how we are governed. If we as people of the State of Michigan want to make this a good place to call home, then we need to figure out ways to fix situations that help and work for everyone. I truly think our society will become better and our economy will become even better.
Time for a change!