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We need safe drinking water. We need a clean environment. We need to work together to stop climate change and build resiliency against rising sea levels.

To ensure we — and future generations — can live in the healthiest and safest environment possible, let’s ensure that our state government’s decisions and policies are informed by science, facts, and evidence.

Let’s put a public health scientist, Mindi Messmer, on the Executive Council. By voting for Messmer, it is one step we can take to ensure that — as the state carries out public policy through its contracting power and its 10-year infrastructure plan — attention is paid to potential health, safety, and environmental impacts. …

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Today, we hear that Trump passed on buying additional vaccines from Pfizer, which may delay additional shipments until June or July after the initial 100M doses (for 50M people?). States were tasked with devising their own vaccination priorities for implementation without knowing exactly how many doses or when the vaccines are coming.

At the same time, we hear that Florida police raided the home of a data scientist whistleblower who was fired in May for saying the state was covering up the true infection rate.

In NH, according to Ethan DeWitt of the Concord Monitor, “Sununu attended the GOP November 3 election party in Manchester. It was indoors, hours-long, and attended by dozens of people, only about 40% of whom were consistently wearing masks. Many of the gov’s top staff were there and not wearing masks.” Yesterday, December 8, a member of the Governor’s staff tested positive for #COVID19. …

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“The Seacoast needs the science background that Mindi will bring to the Executive Council, in deciding state contracts, senior appointments in NH Government, and citizen selections to state agencies, boards, and commissions. The appointments must be willing to protect public health and lead us to a green future. For NH to move forward after the end of the COVID19 pandemic, we need Mindi.” ~Anita Klein, Assoc. Prof. Biological Sciences Emerita

It all has come down to this. So much is on the line starting in less than 48 hours.

On Thursday, Attorney Paul Twomey presented oral arguments on behalf of Rep. Renny Cushing and me, relating to the NH House request for an opinion from the NH Supreme Court on Constitutionality of meeting remotely during the pandemic. …

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An unexpected and lifechanging diagnosis, which I have never shared publicly, has shaken my family over the past few months.

In late March, I rushed my husband to the emergency room, fearing he had COVID-19. With the hospital in a virtual lockdown due to the pandemic, I couldn’t be with him as he spoke to the doctors. I waited in the car.

Around 1 a.m., my 55-year-old husband called me from the ER. His voice broke up as he told me he had leukemia. They were rushing him to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

The shock has still not worn off. He was healthy, with no family history of cancer. …

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GREAT NEWS!

Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton says “VICTORY for the PEOPLE!”

Today, the Superior Court dissolved 3M’s and Plymouth Water & Sewer’s injunction which blocked implementation of the PFAS drinking water protections. Court documents state, “The preliminary injunction

is dissolved on the date that the new STATUTORILY mandated levels go into effect.” This ruling follows earlier filings where the main plaintiffs, Plymouth Water & Sewer, voluntarily pulled out of the suit earlier this week.

This is a major victory for the citizens of the state of NH. The legislature’s moves to pass HB1264 into law resulted in the toppling of 3M’s case. This is a true victory for the people against the chemical polluters who have held important public health information from the public so they could continue to make billions per year in profits while poisoning our drinking water and air. …

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Hello Mindi,

On behalf of our entire organization I wanted to thank you for reaching out to us. And thank you for your continued efforts to serve the state of New Hampshire.

As you address, there is great need to have a person such as yourself in seats such as the executive council. In our state, where so much of the sense of home and value comes from the abundance of relatively untouched nature, having an environmentally conscious and studied individual such as yourself will pay dividends in the long term planning at the state level. There is no need for abstraction to see the connections between environmental factors, public health, and the accelerative effects that private and corporate interests play in the prosperity of a town, district or state. …

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Peaceful protestors are taking to our streets to express their sadness, outrage, and dismay over the tragic killing of George Floyd. I am so encouraged that so many are peacefully protesting in our streets and am hopeful this will result in record numbers of Americans exercising their right to vote in September and November.

The peaceful protesters, for the most part, are donning face coverings, however, many physicians, health care professionals, and scientists are concerned that this will cause an explosive growth of COVID-19 cases as a result. The peaceful protestors wearing masks is an encouraging sign of the rejection of our leaders who fail to act decisively based on science and evidence to prevent needless suffering and deaths. …

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By Mindi Messmer and Tam Siekmann

Memorial Day weekend is typically one spent at beach parties or barbecues. But it is a weekend set aside to honor our military heroes that have died while serving our country. This includes many who are now elderly or have service-related health issues incurred while protecting the rest of our freedom.

Americans are experiencing the challenges of adapting to stay at home orders, quarantines, self-isolation. …

May 1, 2020

NH Science and Public Health Task Force Issue Recommendations on Re-Opening

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Portsmouth — As Governor Sununu discusses how to reopen the economy, the New Hampshire Science and Public Health Task Force, a group of scientists, physicians and health care professionals, issued the following recommendations regarding COVID-19 tracking and the proposed guidelines for re-opening New Hampshire.

First and foremost, we agree with public statements made by the Governor that “public health has to come first” when evaluating stay at home orders and other pandemic-related decision-making.

The Task Force has submitted 6 letters to the Governor outlining concerns relating to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those letters can be reviewed here. To date, the Task Force has not received a response to any of the 6 letters delivered to Governor Sununu and has failed to appoint any public health experts to his stakeholder committee and his Re-opening Task Force.

April 27, 2020

Dear Governor Sununu:

We write to share our concerns about the Economic Re-Opening Task Force. All citizens share the same goal of re-opening the economy in a strategic, safe way that protects public health. We implore you to include external public health and emergency management representatives (not currently employed by the state of NH) to the Task Force immediately.

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We highlight the following additional concerns:

1. It is absolutely critical that there is active public health science and emergency management representation on the Economic Re-Opening Task Force. The Task Force is moving forward without the appropriate scientific and emergency management input necessary to ensure NH moves out of its current crisis management phase for COVID-19. More critically, excluding public health and emergency management expertise now may result in NH entering an unsustainable pendulum of opening and closing the economy that would result in far greater economic damage to our state. …

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Mindi Messmer, PG, CG

Data-Driven Public Health Leader, Advocate, and Strategist

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