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Jane Marquardt is a activist, grandmother, attorney, seeker of good health, writer, and occasional Huffington Post contributor.
In the mid 1980s, Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder’s work inspired me to offer legal services to patients with HIV/AIDS. Tami and I are proud of the support we have given to the University of Utah’s Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder Permanent Collection. The story of Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder is an important part of Utah’s history. In the 1980s when HIV first came on the scene, patients who contracted the virus had a life expectancy of one year. Kristen and Maggie often spent their weekends holding the hands of patients who were dying. They were the only option for help for hundreds of patients; Snyder and Ries have kept their stories in scrapbooks and notebooks through the years.
Gun violence must stop
American history teaches us that when government is shown a potential threat to Americans, it is the duty of our elected officials to help either fix the problem, eradicate the threat, or regulate the product or substance. This has been true throughout history. Depending on the social politics of the times, government has taken on alcoholic beverages, women’s health, marriage equality, adoption, (most recently) opioids, marijuana, automobile safety, and countless other activities, products and substances. Congress has funded cancer research and the US has an entire department dedicated to the regulation of drugs, alcohol and firearms. In the 1990s, we heard about the war on drugs, and now we are hearing about the opioid epidemic, but what about mass shooting epidemic?
huffington post: With a little help from my friends
When the Beatles first released the song With a Little Help from my Friends, I was almost 16 years old. Now, at age 65, my oldest grandchild is almost 16 years old. If there is one thing I really want to impress upon him, it is to pay special attention to those friendships he is now making in high school. (I would also tell him to study hard and cultivate his athletic skills, but he already does that, so it’s the “hang onto your friends” skill that I want to emphasize.)...
Peace. Love. Opportunity.
The specific notion of equality extends beyond just fair treatment under the law and into the realm of equal access to opportunities for all people to achieve their full potential.