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    My 2016 Election Bucket List

    There are some 68 days left before the November election and despite our ability to communicate 24/7/365 through traditional and social media, I still don't hear a lot of dialog on the issues that matter to me in this election.  Coverage of the candidate's personalities, personal choices in spouses, their personal health, their tax returns, and their choice of campaign managers is a complete distraction from what impacts me and most people daily.  The media circus on the scandals is such a distraction.  Let's think about this:  Does our health improve because of the candidates' health status.  Does our financial security change because of how much they each paid in taxes.  Do our lives get better because of the emails sent or not sent?  No.  I get the optics of all the hours spent discussing this.  It makes us feel good perhaps just obsessing on all those issues and all those favorability polls that speak to the candidate's popularity.  
    But if you had the ability to summarize the list of issues that impact you and your family the most---could you name those?  Would you be able to then ask the candidates to lay out a true plan of action?  Here's my top 3 in my bucket list for Election 2016: 
    1. How is our education system preparing today's children for the big issues they will face in the future like water and food safety, climate change, or sustainable energy development.  We seem not to have enough STEM majors and yet the demand for scientists to solve more problems grows more than ever.  How are we building the foundation for future scientists that we need now and in the future?  My take: let's end the utterly ridiculous practice of linking per student spending in school districts across the nation using a community's tax base. If that isn't the biggest contributor to inequity in the nation, I don't know what else is. 
    2. What are we going to do about an ever increasing aging population that needs more health care, more financial help, and more support services?  As one of those sandwiched between offspring and aging parents, it is overwhelming to address the needs of elders who want to live independently longer and at the same time support millennials who need more financial help to launch? My take: let's see communities create affordable housing that provides assisted living to growing millions of elders or multi-generational housing so that adult children or elders can live at home longer.  
    3. Is there any possibility of a national strategy on addressing the needs of the mentally ill? Let's recognize that the stress of war, traumatic injury or physical illness, or living in poverty makes some more vulnerable to psychosocial dysfunction.  We gave up on mental hospitals in the 1980's because there was a promise of community mental health centers.  And then we gave up on those because of the exorbitant price tag for the Cold War.  The net impact is that we have a patchwork system of care for the mentally ill.  This means we will continue to see horrific suicide rates among veterans, and others who succumb to mass shootings, terrorism, and violent xenophobia.  My take: we need to create a layman's guide to a mental health check list that helps identify those suffering from mental illness sooner and make care less fragmented.  
    There you have it. My top 3 items for someone--anyone--to discuss in some meaningful way.  Tell me your top 3.  Maybe we can get some of these to be actually discussed! 

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