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Jim Himes

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Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut's 4th District in the United States Congress. He lives in Cos Cob.


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Petitioning Nancy Wyman

Legalize Recreational Marijuana in CT

Medically, Marijuana is one of the most useful medicines in the world. Recreational legalization would not only boost CT's economy, but create a more peaceful environment.  Latest Recreational Marijuana news states,  "HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Should Connecticut follow Colorado’s lead and legalize marijuana for recreational purposes? Some form of that idea is gaining traction in many state legislatures around the country, including Hartford. There are now two bills before the Connecticut General Assembly aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational use.   “I think these laws are just hypocritical, and it’s destroyed generations of young people in the inner cities,” said Rep. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford. The Governor’s big criminal justice plan would decriminalize the possession of most drugs, changing it from a felony to a misdemeanor, but several members of the legislature think the state should go much further where marijuana is concerned. “I’d like to see Connecticut align itself with Colorado and just lift all statutes that criminalize the use of marijuana,” said Vargas."  "Another state lawmaker says since the state already legalized the distribution and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, this should be the next logical step. “We already have the mechanism in place,” said Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven. “We do it for medicinal purposes. We have the mechanism. Why not continue with recreational?” Candelaria’s idea would impose a hefty 15-percent tax on marijuana, which he says could be a big help with the state’s current red ink problems.   “You know that we’re facing a fiscal crisis right now, and I think this is a venue to generate enough revenue to close the budget deficit that we’re facing,” said Candelaria. Both Representatives Vargas and Candelaria also say that this would put a big dent in the marijuana street drug trade. The idea is expected to be on the ballot in Massachusetts and Maine later this year."

Jason Kohl
5,503 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Maxine Waters, Jeb Hensarling, Luke Messer, Ann Wagner, Dennis Ross, Randy Hultgren, Mick Mulvaney, Stephen Fincher, Steve Stivers, Bill Huizenga, Lynn Westmoreland, ...

Protect Shareholders. Strike the Financial Choice Act 2.0.

Shareholder democracy is being profoundly threatened by Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. This new legislation, which was heard by the Congressional Financial Services Committee on April 26 and then passed by the House on June 8, contains a provision that would fundamentally impair investors' rights to file shareholder resolutions. It is now scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. The new rule would permit only a tiny fraction of the globe’s wealthiest investors (those who own more than 1% or more of a company’s stock) to file shareholder proposals. For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares ($3 billion) necessary to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. All other shareholders would be blocked from using their shareholder rights to address equity, justice, sustainability, climate, risk, and good governance issues. Sign our petition and make your voice heard. We will be sending signatures, as well as the letter linked below, to the Senate. Let’s work together to defeat this destabilizing legislation that will profoundly affect consumers, investors, and the economy at large.

As You Sow
2,601 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
580 supporters
Petitioning Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes, Richard Blumenthal

Animals that are left outside in freezing temps with only a dog house as protection

I witnessed a dog tied up and left outside all day and this evening with temps below zero. The only protection the dog had was a dog house. Upon calling Animal Control and the police department, I was sad to learn nothing could be done because their is a dog house.   A dog house in freezing temps offers little to no protection and animals need to be brought inside when the temperature drops below freezing. Owners need to be responsible and care for their pets if they are going to have the right and privilege to owner them.   Please sign this petition and help us get the laws changed to protect animals from animal cruelty.  No animal should be left out to freeze to death.  PLEASE SIGN!!

marta mckenney
539 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Uphold THE PRINCIPLES: Change the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)

No animal owner should be directed to administer insulin to their animal unless they have the most reliable and accurate tool to monitor their animals blood sugar levels prescribed to them, a blood glucose meter.  I was misguided and  directed to initially use only a less accurate method, urine testing.  Once an animals natural regulation is disrupted it becomes very challenging to discern what is taking place, especially if the animal is not tolerating the insulin itself(side effects, allergic reaction).  A healthy animal can very quickly become an animal in crisis; one whose entire endocrine system may become unbalanced. One who may not be able to walk independently, breathe properly and or quickly become blinded by cataracts.   My animal was not prescribed the only insulin approved by the FDA for animals called Vetsulin.  He became very sick after one shot of human insulin and may have had an underlying thyroid condition which was left untreated even though his test came up low. The Fairness to Pet Owners Act would not protect my animal as it is written now, in fact it would deter physicaians from correcting the initial errors.  In addition,  I find it unacceptable for doctors to use intimidation methods when they are called out on their errors. I also find it alarming that the Ct. Dept. Of Health has completely dismissed my case, offering no remedy for my circumstances.  They failed to obtain my dogs chest xray before I did (over 2 years later) and I never was given my animals ultrasound record in a form that could be read for a clinical second oppinion. I was given 10 pages of other animals records. I believe this significant bill needs to be reviewed before it is passed, taking the AVMA "Principals" into consideration seems appropriate. Choosing to place your animal on insulin is a choice that should be well informed and not thrust upon you by a hurried physician(there are a variety of insulin's to choose from some of which are designed specifically for animals). I was not informed that animal insulin existed, my dog was placed on human insulin. Due to the complexity of the endocrine system other hormonal imbalances should be considered as well before insulin is started to avoid contraindication. Diagnosis such as: an underlying tic disease, Pancreatitis, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, and Addison's disease among others may need to be explored as well.  A mishandled geriatric animal can become a very costly and painful experience! Don't let yourself be misguided by desensitized clinicians who quickly jump to conclusions; it could cost your animal their quality of life in a very short period of time and create a lot of undue expenses. "I cannot see you Mommy, when you cuddle me so near.And yet I know you love me, it's in the words I hear.I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your sideBut still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so brightFor here inside my tiny head it's always dark as night.I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra goodBut I can wag my tail in Thanks just like a good dog should."She cannot see. The dog’s no good" is what some folks might say"She can't be trained, she'll never learn, She must be put away."But not you, Mom and Daddy, You know that it's alrightBecause I love you just as much as any dog with sight.You took me in, you gave me love and we will never partBecause I'm blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart." — Sherrill Wardrip   Some animals will adapt better than others to blindness and many of them can still run and play as well as learn to negotiate around the house. Blind, healthy animals make wonderful pets.  Diabetic animals can be managed properly, just like humans and live a long and happy life!     The Fairness to Pet Owners Act Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200) "Introduced in House (07/23/2015)Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015 Directs the Federal Trade Commission to require prescribers of animal drugs to verify prescriptions and provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners, pet owner designees, and pharmacies, without the prescriber demanding payment or establishing other conditions. Applies these requirements to medication for a domesticated household animal that consumers are not allowed to purchase without a prescription. Treats a violation of this Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Federal Trade Commission Act." https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174     In 2004, I adopted my first dog Jacob from the Westport Humane Society (Westport,Connecticut).  He is a mellow,beautiful animal.  He was healthy and fit for the majority of his life.  My animal was placed in danger once he was diagnosed with a questionable diagnosis of Diabetes.  I was not educated thoroughly or equipped with the correct tools to accurately determine what my dogs sugar reading was although I was instructed to begin administering insulin.  The endocrine system is a very complex system.  He also presented with low thyroid readings at the time and symptoms of pancreatitis which were dismissed by his practitioners.   This petition is advocating to amend standard practice for diabetic animals and the general safe practices of medication administration which should be governed by the AVMA ethics which dictates ethical practices for clinicians of Veterinary Medicine.  Jake was harmed by his doctors at the age of 10 because they did not uphold the "Principles".  I am concerned for the public because some of his physicians belong to the largest growing chain of veterinary hospitals that is spreading across the U.S.A. and Canada.  What should have been simple and easy, has become "COMPLICATED".  Don't let this happen to you!          All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the"Principles" . This is a great concept if it is utilized and enforced.               https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Principles-of-Veterinary-Medical-Ethics-of-the-AVMA.aspx I am posting this petition so that all animals may be protected through ensuring the enforcement of existing laws/ethics and to help implement new ones like ( the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S.1200) (Effective record keeping and communication WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF "THE PRINCIPLES"(and beyond when necessary) helps to make effective  diagnosis and remedies which protects pets and their owners.)   It is also important for medication to be distributed responsibly when diagnosis has not yet been determined.  Treating the symptoms incorrectly may in fact exasperate the underlying cause.     https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174 * Did you know that animals are considered property(similar to a car)and historically there have been few legal ramifications for malpractice.  How does this translate into how owners and animals are treated? https://www.animallaw.info/article/animals-property **** ALWAYS BE SURE TO (obtain a copy)OF THE REFERRAL FORM FROM THE PRIMARY DOCTOR TO THE SPECIALTY PHYSICIAN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS ACCURATE before they start examining your animal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BENEFIT MUST OUTWEIGH THE RISK!! In addition to the treatment we endured, I now find it concerning that my personal experience included an entity that predominantly influences the market and claims to be setting a standard of care(they have over 700 small animal veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada, a nationwide clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging company).  According to one source, VCA has "1 of the 10 most over paid CEO's".   In fact the CEO is also the chairman and the president of Veterinary Centers of America Antech Inc. .  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/executive-pay-america-top-10-overpaid-ceo   When I read the articles below, I felt as if all the pieces of the puzzle were coming together.  I reached out to Mr. Antin ( THE LEADER OF VCA VETERINARY HOSPITALS)  before I discovered these but there was no response.  I thought that he deserved the opportunity to comment on the situation seeing as he is building an empire which incorporates HEALING.  He did not return my call.  He can't see all that goes on. I thought it was the morally correct thing to do. It's one thing to have a goal, it's another thing to reach that goal.  ITS ONE THING TO LOVE YOUR CUSTOMERS AND ITS ANOTHER THING TO IGNORE THEM.   I don't like to think of myself or my animal as the percentage that is expendable. http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=32842 http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=19664 http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=31861   http://www.investors.com/research/the-new-america/animal-hospital-chain-vca-antech-profits-from-a-pet-loving-public/ IT IS CONCERNING WHEN A COMPANIES EMPLOYEES FILE AN ONGOING LAW SUITE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY FEEL VIOLATED.  I wonder how this effects their work performance? http://vcalawsuit.com/   https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174 Walmart sells Novalin N and Novalin R for $25.00 in case you didn't know.  Other pharmacies may sell it for over $100.00.  The AVMA seems concerned about pet owners having the best prices but none of my doctors  shared this information with me, I discovered it on my own.  VCA also didn't inform me of the only FDA approved insulin for animals called Vetsulin in the U.S.A. Caninsulin in other countries.  If your dog is regulated but appears to be having an adverse reaction to the human synthetic insulin you may want to try Vetsulin, a natural, animal based pork insulin(check with your doctor) I have read it is easier for some animals to adjust to.  At one time people were offered non synthetic insulin as well, you can read about this below. The AVMA DOES NOT support this bill, they think it is an administrative burden.  The physician that I saw stated an emergency medication in her case notes.  I wasn't given a prescription nor did she dispense it to me. I later learned that only veterinarians can dispense it.  She later claimed to not be treating his airways yet she was actively collaborating.  The VCA job description which explains her expertise says otherwise as well.  I wish I was a doctor, then I would know what to prescribe for my dog!!!!!!!!!! I am depending on them to HELP ME!  I have certainly learned a LOT ABOUT VETERINARY MEDICINE since all of this began.  I wish I had listened to my intuition and  NOT TAKEN my dog TO VCA!  I started to cave in and decided maybe I should take Jake to VCA because my primary doctor was at a loss.  Why he didn't recommend a geriatric blood panel is beyond me. I didn't know to ask for one.  I even asked for a medication that I had rejected in the past , Prednisone.  He prescribed it but I never picked it up.  I only asked because he recommended it in the past(in the past I put him on fish oil). Prednisone is the wrong drug for a Diabetic dog!  Something went wrong in my dogs care.  I am by no means a doctor but I am a very perceptive dog owner.  The AVMA sounds like they give pet owners a lot of freedom over medication. I guess that would work if they knew what they were doing.  From my perspective, it looks like pet owners need to be protected from human error.     THE AMERICAN VETERINARIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LINK https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/160615g.aspx (THEY DON'T SUPPORT THE BILL BECAUSE IT IS A BURDEN TO COMPLETE THE PAPERWORK)    Because of my experience I would also like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)  to revisit standard practice for dogs which are having endocrine disorders such as Diabetes. My dog may have continued to decline if I didn't  trust my ability to know that my dog was in a crisis.  He couldn't walk by himself among other things after VCA's treatment.  My dog was placed on human insulin.  I told my veterinarian that I thought the medications that she prescribed weren't agreeing with him.  She stopped the antibiotics that were prescribed in error and also the blood pressure medicine (I removed the dog from the office and placed him in a safe place, my car) his blood pressure reading was acceptable but she left him on the insulin.  She stated in her case notes that I thought that my dog was having an anaphylactic reaction to the blood pressure medication.That is not what I stated. ( I said that I thought that THE medications weren't agreeing with him).  She left him on the human insulin and did not even mention changing it.  I did not learn about FDA approved animal insulin until after I left VCA's care. How could this be?   ABOUT INSULIN https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/m-mah042913.php http://www.iddt.org/here-to-help/iddt-campaigning/animal-insulin-ministers-letter http://www.iddt.org/here-to-help/iddt-campaigning/synthetic-human-insulin-versus-natural-animal-insulinsynthetic-human-insulin-versus-natural-animal-insulin   Dog owners should be given an informed choice of treatment including the risks and benefits of all types of insulin's. Animal based insulin's have been used safely and effectively for over 70 years although some animals and people may have better results with other kinds.  Vetsulin is the only FDA approved insulin for animals.    Lastly, my local Connecticut Health Department is responsible for making sure that  the veterinarians in question are accountable for their actions or lack there of; I hope this petition helps to ensure that their process is judicious and that's its meaningfulness is NOT DISTORTED.  http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388948  If you believe that you and your animal may have been harmed due to poor performance, click on the link above and learn how to make a complaint in Ct.. Go to your local Department of Health's website and do the same. IT'S EASY!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't wait you may miss your opportunity(there are time restrictions)!  Help to MAKE CHANGE! "The Commissioner of Public Health with the advice and assistance of said board may issue regulations to insure proper veterinary care and the protection of public health,considering the convenience and welfare of the animals being treated, methods recommended by the code of ethics of the national and state veterinary associations, proper registrations of veterinarians for prompt identification and accepted health and veterinary standards as promulgated by the Department of Public Health, Department of Agriculture health ordinances and state statutes and regulations. " Ct. General Statutes Chapter 384 , Section 20-196b. Board powers and duties. The Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine shall (1)hear and decide matters concerning suspension or revocation of licensure (2) adjudicate complaints filed against practitioners licensed under this chapter and (3) impose sanctions where appropriate. I have placed a formal complaint and it's been over 2 years. I still have not gotten my my dogs diagnostic records." www.ct.gove/dph   Some ERRORS made by my physicians 1) My animal was not given age appropriate geriatric blood tests by his primary doctor.  He was referred to VCA instead over a long period of time.  I later learned that my doctors son was a practicing physician at VCA. Luckily, my dog was very healthy for his age and undiagnosed condition.  I could see the subtle changes very easily.  My animals records were not there when I arrived although VCA has an entire page dedicated to compassionate care for an animal being referred to their offices.  They also did not willfully give me my animals complete record when I determined their care was detrimental to my dogs health and they still have not supplied his ultrasound in the format that can be interpreted for clinical assessment although after 2 years I finally was able to obtain his chest x-ray from another vets office who managed to get it from VCA. "A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof."  The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 2) I was not educated by my primary doctor about researching geriatric illnesses or age related blood work; I had no idea that dogs get a lot of the same diseases that humans do. (Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, Obesity, Arthritis,Gum Disease, Blindness,Cancer, Heart Disease, Addison's Disease etc.) which if handled early on can potentially be managed more effectively(a geriatric blood panel can help diagnose them among other tests, check with your doctor at what age special testing should begin). My dog appeared healthy because he was; he was an older dog that was gaining weight, slowing down and made a strange noise only when he stepped up onto his bed(which required exertion). I also noticed that he was becoming overstimulated occasionally on walks(nothing excessive). When he started to have more obvious exercise intolerance I decided to go to VCA because my doctor didn't seem capable of finding the problem.  He wasn't suggesting the basic age appropriate tests.  I feel foolish for not knowing what to ask for specifically.  I was asking for help though. "A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated."  The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 3) My animals referral was written incorrectly to the VCA animal hospital which led to him being mishandled. The doctors did not stop when he was under distress because they perceived his behavior to be normal.  "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 4) I was reluctant to go to Veterinary Centers of America because my cat had died a few years earlier when I was referred to their location in Norwalk, Ct..  My doctor prescribed Prednisone prior to me being scheduled to go without giving my dog blood work(I never picked it up as directed by another doctor). Had I given my dog Prednisone prior to them discovering the diabetes that would have been detrimental to him.  What if I never even went to VCA and gave him the Prednisone? "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 5)  Once I arrived at VCA my dogs records weren't there after I had called 3 times and they reassured me they were present. When I called my primary doctors office to have them faxed they told me they were closing for the day and reluctantly sent them.  If you go to the VCA website they dedicate an entire page to the referral process and the anxiety it can provoke  and how they will help you through it!  "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 6) Other diagnosis were not ruled out prior to medication administration at VCA(I will admit I am not 100% clear of this process.) I questioned the diagnosis of Diabetes, high blood pressure and bladder infection because my dog was NOT SYMPTOMATIC.  I was not offered a fructosamine test to help identify the diabetes and to put my mind at ease and the doctor placed him on antibiotics for a bladder infection THAT DIDN'T EXIST. The urine test came back negative and he had a complete break down when placed on the medication.  ***WHEN I TELL THIS STORY TO OTHER DOCTORS IT DOESN'T SEEM TO RAISE ANY RED FLAGS.   He was later placed on thyroid medication by a new doctor which was a miracle drug!  He was being seen by VCA for a condition which is related to thyroid issues.  Poor glucose regulation can occur when an animals thyroid is not functioning properly.  Why didn't they rule out low thyroid before placing my animal on insulin?  Once they did test his thyroid it was 1 point below normal and she didn't treat him with thyroid medication.  It was tested a month later and was even lower.  Had I stopped seeking help at the advice of VCA my animal would have been in serious trouble.   "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 7) I had 10 pages of other animals records mixed into my dogs file.  "The Principles" say "A veterinarian shall respect the rights of clients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard medical information within the confines of the law." 8) An emergency medication was listed in the VCA internists formal case notes that was not dispensed to me nor was I given a prescription to go elsewhere. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 9) I approached the office manager once I reviewed the internists file because I could see by her case notes that she was not accurately interpreting me, the office manager did nothing to resolve the discrepancies.  I had spoken to another doctor previously who documented more accurately my perspective. 10) The pharmacy records showed another doctors name on my dogs prescription log. Not the doctor who prescribed the insulin and who saw my dog in her office. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 11) I was not supplied my dogs diagnostics when I asked for a complete record which led me to contact the Dept. of Health.(chest x-ray, ultrasound or his blood pressure readings) The radiologist wouldn't even discuss my dogs chest x-ray with me and the internist put her opinion on my dogs discharge sheet instead of the radiologists.  Had I not been vigilant I would not have known the radiologists opinion of my dogs chest x-ray or that the internist had recommended Torb, a medication for breathing emergencies.   "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 12) My dogs life was changed with 2 visits to a doctor.  I sat in the other room while they terrified him by cutting his nails(that is his pet peeve)if your dog is like mine,you know that they know what you're up to.  I am upset. My dog was a higher functioning animal before they put him on medication(insulin, blood pressure medication and antibiotics). He had no bladder infection and no ketones, no high cholesterol or triglycerides.  His diagnostics indicated mild pancreatitis. I was sent home with urine dips to assess his sugar level along with ketones, I later discovered they sold glucometers at VCA!  In my circumstances urine dips alone were not a good enough tool.  I believe standard practice should include the necessity to own a glucometer before the first dose of insulin to safeguard against highs and lows(urine testing is not an accurate , true depiction of the animals state).  Human beings that are raised within a systemic environment that promotes a strong personal work ethic and moral compass will create better practitioners, office staff, managers, and owners. ****I was told that the insulin had 3 different shelf lives by 3 different people.   "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 13) My dog was not handled properly and was caused undue stress. I specifically instructed them NOT to cut his nails and VCA did it any way.  Be sure to protect your animal from undue stress. Why would you cut a dogs nails who is terrified of it and when he's there for airway concerns and or diabetes?  I had to remove my dog from the office and place him in my car to obtain an acceptable blood pressure reading because I knew he didn't feel safe. "A veterinarian should first consider the needs of the patient to prevent and relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 14) I was not adequately prepared to handle the circumstance that my dog entered into once he was given the medication (some of which was prescribed in error). "A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 15) Avoid unnecessary anesthesia/sedation especially during standard blood draws. 16) VCA and my primary doctor did not want to assume the care for my dog once he declined.  My primary doctor stated it was a "COMPLICATED CASE" and VCA said my primary doctor should refer me to another primary doctor if it was too much for them to handle.  The office staff at my primary doctors office alienated me from the doctor that referred me to VCA and tried to defame my character by placing an untrue statement in my dogs file. The "Principles" dictate that a veterinarian shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and report veterinarians who are deficient in character or competence to the appropriate entities. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). "A veterinarian should first consider the needs of the patient to prevent and relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).   17)  18) The American Veterinary Medical Association's  Statement " We feel that this bill—the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)—is unnecessary because clients should already have the ability to fill a prescription at a pharmacy of their choice. Though not required by federal law, the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and its guide on Client Requests for Prescriptions encourage veterinarians to write a prescription in lieu of dispensing a medication when asked by a client, and a majority of states have similar laws or policies. In some cases, veterinary medications are only available through a veterinarian, negating the need for a written prescription. In other situations, the client might want to have the medication dispensed by their veterinarian. But if this bill were to pass, veterinarians would still be required to provide the written prescription, take the piece of paper back, and then dispense the medication. This creates an administrative burden for veterinarians and staff who should be spending their time and resources taking care of their animal patients, not on paperwork."  What if your doctor doesn't give/ offer you the prescription even though they recommend it in their case notes? What if they give you what you ask for and its not safe because you aren't aware of canine diseases and when and how to test for them? I'm new at this and would rather avoid mistakes.   American Veterinary Medical Association Taken from the AVMA website: " Veterinarians are members of a scholarly profession who have earned academic degrees from comprehensive universities or similar educational institutions. Veterinarians practice veterinary medicine in a variety of situations and circumstances. Exemplary professional conduct upholds the dignity of the veterinary profession. All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). The PVME comprises the following Principles, the Supporting Annotations, and Useful Terms. The AVMA Judicial Council is charged to advise on all questions relating to veterinary medical ethics and to review the Principles periodically to ensure that they remain current and appropriate. "The Principles" "A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof." Please click on the link below to see this complete statement. https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Principles-of-Veterinary-Medical-Ethics-of-the-AVMA.aspx  **** Please revisit this petition to view updates. The main premise will remain:  Enforcing existing laws and ethics, passing new laws/ethics, raising awareness and reviewing standard practice for dogs with endocrine disorders such as Diabetes and Hypothyroidism. I reserve limited liability, I am not a medical doctor; these statements reflect my experience and information I have gathered from other sources. My hope is for animal owners to be better educated and all parties to be as responsible and consciencious as they can.  It truly is a collaboration and due to the growing costs of medical care money needs to be spent wisely based on sound decisions with minimal fear.  Preventive care might include some fact sheetssheets from veterinarian's  revolving around developmental milestones and age appropriate testing with a referral to credible sources.  Some veterinarians have an elaborate data base of educational information.  All animal owners should take responsibility and educate themselves beyond the yearly necessities of vaccines, flea/tic prevention and urine/fecal samples animals have complex diseases just like humans.   The quality of dog food has evolved over time to help reduce the amount of corn and wheat in dogs diets also.                                                                              A lot of people still aren't aware of Factory Farming either.                              

Jessica Kristoff, Pet Owner
471 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Mike Coffman, Mike Pence, Mike Honda, Mike Hhogan, Mike Lee, Mike Thompson, Mike Crapo, Mike Enzi, Mike Rogers, Mike Rounds, Mike Doyle, Mike Huckabee, Mike Kelly, John Hickenlooper, ...

Civil Law USA needs your help - Update "SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE" statute. SIGN & SHARE

LIKE & SHARE https://www.facebook.com/CivilLawUSA/    The current statute for review -http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2013a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/DF14C3B93C0EBF9387257A8E0073C4E0?open&file=1058_enr.pdf The story behind the statute:  http://www.denverpost.com/2013/10/18/new-law-changes-alimony-landscape-for-divorcing-colorado-couples/       In the past, most alimony awards provided for payments to former wives by breadwinning former husbands. As the culture has changed, so that now most marriages include two wage earners, women are viewed as less dependent, and yet the courts have failed to update outdated laws and merely rule based on "suggested formulas" and "statutes" that actually do more harm then good, for both parties and the family as a whole.                  If you are seeking a divorce in Colorado or another "statute" state and you are going for "spousal maintenance" the court webpage provides you and your legal council with calculators to help prove your need in numbers prior to trial.  With our courts taking 9 - 18 months to even go to trial or before a judge you will have plenty of time to secure your "calculated financial revenge".  Both men and women fall victim to these court rulings. (Although more often then not it's men who receive the order to pay)  This suggested statute leaves no recourse when the ex-spouse decides to move forward in cohabitation, or conceals income  from the courts.  Even with proof the courts in Colorado turn a blind eye and default to the "original order".   - Cohabitation is a living arrangement in which an unmarried couple lives together in a long-term relationship that resembles a marriage. Couples cohabit, rather than marry, for a variety of reasons.  Top reason to keep their ex-spouse making payments. -  Great Article that aligns with others having the same opinion, and what they did to create change and equal rights-  http://fairdivorce.co.za/spousal-maintenance-does-more-harm-than-good/ Here are the stats-        Re-marriage after divorce has declined more then 40% across all states and the rate is even higher in Colorado since this statue has been introduced. Reason for the decline is because this is only one of two ways that the payer can stop "payments".  This proves that is not just a personal problem, this is becoming an epidemic that many people and families face.         The increase in self inflected death, more commonly known as suicide has increased more then 25% among male payers that have high dollar payments and long term payment obligation.   Leaving the "receiver" without any support and many children fatherless.  This has to be stopped.           The children of divorce already suffer the most as they are the innocent parties, often caught in the middle of it all.  Studies show where there are long term payments (beyond 3 years) ordered,  the division amongst one parent and the child actually occurs.  Children are often caught in the middle of a "never ending" divorce/financial war.  Generally,  it is the payer who also suffers this loss. The receiver is known to play the victim and the payer is painted as the bully.   The resentment caused for the long term financial punishment awarded by the courts aids in painting this picture of the payer.  Children tend to err to the side of the protecting the "victim" parent that paints themselves always in need, ultimately  cutting ties with the payer "bully" parent.  This is not putting "families" first.  About Me -     Myself, the author of this petition am a woman. I have suffered through divorce, like many others in this country.  I was a single mom of two for almost four years. During that time, I never asked for "spousal maintenance" and rarely received ordered child support from my ex-husband to support our kids. I personally struggled through every level of heartache one can imagine.  I could not afford and attorney and had to do all my filings, pleading etc on my own. Walking through those first few years I thought somedays I would literally die from a broken heart or stress. Looking back, I would not have changed a thing. It made me stronger, a better mother, and a better wife now to my current husband.  I want to make one thing very clear on my position.  I am not arguing or minimizing that support when needed should be ordered. There are many situations that this does apply and is fair.  Families that choose for one spouse or the other to stay home recognize that it is a job often more challenging than going to work outside the home daily, and that the need to provide updated training or work skills should be awarded.  Or the spouse that is disabled.  I am speaking to a much larger problem in my home state of Colorado and across our country.  Our Personal Story-   My husband was ordered and pays his ex-wife 40% of his income for 12 years, (some get this order for life). In addition, he is also paying 33% of military retirement to for life.   During marriage ex-wife worked full time and was the primary bread winner.  Ex-husband was active duty Army. Both always worked full time, and had only one minor child together.  This spouse while active duty having served 20 years, did less then 2 years deployed. They were married 13 years of his military career, and only one year during the marriage was he deployed.  Ex-wife had an affair, which lead to the separation/ then ultimately divorce. In 2011, the couple separated. Neither party filed for legal separation. The reason for divorce is not accounted for in Colorado, because it is a no-fault state.   During the 4-year separation ex-husband left ex-wife all assets (cars, 401K, furniture, house) ex-husband voluntarily paid bills for the ex-wife and minor child without a court order. Little did he know he was committing financial suicide. He also worked diligently to paid off all joint marital debts totaling close to $80,000.00. While making his own major lifestyle sacrifices, living in a friend’s basement driving a 21-year-old car. During this time, his ex-wife manipulated the child and played the victim, refused to work to her full potential.   Ex-husband filed for divorce in the mid-year of 2014.  This was the year that the court adopted the new "statue/guidelines" for all spousal maintenance as a formula. So, the above facts, including the reason for divorce were all ignored during the hearing and "suggested statute formula" is now in place.     The court systems made it very easy for her to calculate her new. "spousal maintenance" income prior to the hearing. At the time of hearing the ex-wife made sure to be unemployed "but looking” claiming to be in a destitute financial situation, stating she should be able to work and be on her feet within the year”. During the trial and months prior her boyfriend at the time and "now fiancé" was contributing more than $5,000.00 per month into her bank account. That money along with her ex-husbands total debt payoff, his asset relinquishment, and payments made for 4 years of separation were NOT accounted as income but as “gifts” to the ex-wife.  As of today, (almost 3 years later) she does co-habituate in TX. To friends, family and her ex-husband claiming to be "engaged" To the court "single and in need".  She stated to the ex-husband that she would continue to do so until the money runs out, at which time then she will remarry.  Unfortunately, this is the case for many families in Colorado and across the USA.       Fast forward today Oct 16th, 2017. Ex-husband filed modification for spousal maintenance based on the, lack of need for support and co habitation in Feb 2017.  The ex-wife waited more than 6.5 months to comply with supplying documents required by the court, (she has an attorney, and docs were to be completed within 30days) thus allowing her time to paint the picture of "single/ in need" again. Although, nothing she submitted is worth any value of actual bills, etc. The court has failed in holding its own deadline dates / discovery documentation seriously for accurate and fair trials.        In August of 2017, 7 months after filed for modification, (has yet to see a judge or have a trial) he is now been diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer,  and is undergoing treatment. The ex-wife has been relentless through this process filing after filing.   The most recent filing she stated, " from what she has been told, his cancer is not that serious".   He is undergoing chemo weekly and radiation daily.  Has lost over 30 lbs and has not been able to eat even soft foods in over 35days. She is also filing to "rebuttal" any and all documentation of his caner, the severity. Trying to minimize the long term impact this will have on is health and ability to earn "her money".      Per the current statute and court order, the ex-husband has no relief to this continued abuse from what spousal support is causing. Even if he fully recovers he has to suffer 10 more years working a high stress job,  he does not have the same rights and privileges as the ex-wife.  Unable to move on with his life, he is bound by earning potential, not quality of life.   This is so far from that which maintenance was designed to do.  Help the spouse in need, allowing them time to get on their feet. He has now paying ex-spouse (already 8 years,  10 more to go), has been stripped of the rights to focus on his own health, right to privacy without fighting the ex-spouse for relief from monies he is not currently earning, and is unable to pay. While racking up major medical bills now suffers hefty attorney fees along this already difficult journey.  Adding more financial stress and harm to the payer.      The ex-wife has had more than enough time and money to get back on her feet, she is also in good health. In fact, she travels regularly, despite being so destitute.  Their child is now grown, no longer a minor and ex-wife has been engaged and living with her significant other for last 2 years.  The ex-wife has made no effort to support herself or earn more money, because when she does the "payments stop". Thus holding the payer financially hostage.  UNEMPLOYMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THIS TO TAKE PLACE. TO RECEIVE PAYMENT BENEFITS YOU MUST BE ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR A JOB, DOCUMENT PROOF AND BENEFITS ARE TIME RESTRICTIVE.            I am petitioning the court change the, "suggested statute “surrounding spousal maintenance to align with the intent for which is was designed.  To help families dissolve the marriage and give both parties a chance to recover, and to rise to each parties’ full potential for being self-supporting.  To be held harmless of the marriage obligations to a party they are no longer married too.                                       The current laws "statutes" are limiting and harmful at best.    THE SOLUTION-   - There should be a short-term limit on which a one ex-spouse is obligated to pay the other ex-spouse.  Three-year max payable term, is enough time for any persons to receive skills and training necessary to support one’s self.  This should be based on case by case, not a "one size fits all statute" Taking into consideration documented facts, joint debt, physical health, child support, ability to work, division of marital assets, skills needed to obtain more or current training to aid in full earning potential.  One former spouse should not be a financial slave to the other. Three year term stops the abuse.  - The "lifestyle of the marriage" should be removed and not considered, when ruling. It is divorce, each party should be held responsible and accountable to adjust as necessary to becoming a single person. Working towards self-sufficiency in meeting their own needs, holding the other party harmless for their needs.  No one should be forced to support a former spouse for long term. Dissolution by definition is the act of officially ending a marriage, organization, or agreement. The process of making something end or disappear.    - The "until death or remarriage" clause be removed. The traditional institution of marriage has changed drastically over the last 5 years.  We need to protect ALL parties through divorce and separation.  If the parties in the case are deemed in need of support they should not lose support for cohabitation or remarriage.  This will also aid in the ability of all parties to move forward freely in their own lives.  This will solve the problem within the civil courts being "bogged down" by filings trying to prove cohabitation in order to terminate maintenance. Allowing the court spend its time being more effective in its use of time.  *** The receiver should not be punished for getting remarried because the ruling was based on true need, not a standard formula of "one size fits all". Likewise, the payer should not be punished for long term payments when the receiver is co-habituating, and the courts continue to fail to recognize this as the “new way around", termination of maintenance.  This statue is simply outdated, bias and harmful to all parties.  With a max term of 3 years the court can rule in favor of what support was deigned to do, enable all parties to recover from divorce and become self-sufficient.       Thank you for taking the time to read this, share this and sign this... It takes all of us to make a change.  It's time to stop the injustice, stop allowing people to take advantage of the system. Let's help create laws that support Equal rights for all!      

Niki Davis
206 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Rep. John Larson

Release TPP text to the public. Oppose Fast Tracking through Congress

It is not fair to the American people to have this voted on without the public knowing what is in it.

Activate CT
138 supporters
Petitioning Chris Perone, Terrie Wood, Bruce Morris, Bob Duff, Dannel Malloy, Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Chris Murphy, John Kissel, Joe Courtney, Angel Arce, John Fo...

Save Our Schools — Stop The “Students First” Initiative

The president of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, Mark Ojakian, proposed all 12 state community colleges merge into one college. Each community college would be considered a separate campus. This initiative is called the Students First project, and plans to save an estimated $28 million, which is money the schools sorely need in light of the state government slashing the school budgets. However, there are many issues with this so-called “Students First” initiative. Students First is a misnomer, as it does not put students first. In fact, the majority of students have never heard of this plan. A survey of 55 students at Norwalk Community College was conducted this week. They were asked two questions:  1. Have you ever heard of the Students First project?2. Are you aware of any meetings being held (open to students) concerning the Students First project? Out of the 55 students asked on October 30, 100% of students said they had not heard of the Students First project. Out of the 55 students asked, 100% had no idea there was a meeting being held that very day on the issue. On the school website (norwalk.edu), there was no meeting listed under events, and a search on the school website showed no information whatsoever on this plan. At the actual meeting itself, there were a handful of students in the room, while the majority were faculty who seemed just as confused about the plan as the rest of the students. So how does the Students First plan actually put students first without even consulting them first? The simple answer is it doesn’t. In one of several of President Ojakian’s proposals, the emphasis on putting students first is through this idea that being one college will make it easier for students to take classes on multiple campuses at the same time. He says that “students often take classes on multiple campuses,” without providing any statistic to back his statement up.The facts show his statement is incorrect. Only 1-2% of students currently take classes on multiple community college campuses. He says that making it easier to go between campuses will make students more likely to take classes on different campuses. That makes no sense. Campuses are far too spread apart for it to be logical for students to commute to multiple schools in one week. Already, many students choose their community college because it is easy to get to, or it’s close by. So, for Ojakian to say that students are more likely to go between schools like Gateway and Norwalk, which are about 36 miles apart, is just illogical. Factor in the number of students who use public transportation to get to school while working part or even full time, and it’s even more blasphemous. Ojakian has proposed elimination of programs at individual campuses, which will result in many students no longer being able to pursue the degree they need to succeed. For example, Housatonic Community College has a criminal justice program, as does Norwalk Community. Under the Students First consolidation, one of those schools could lose their criminal justice program. Going back to transportation, and ease of access for students, a student from Stamford taking classes at Norwalk is probably not going to commute to Bridgeport, especially if they rely on public transportation.  There is no clear indication of how the individual campus programs will be impacted, whether that’s IDS courses, Honors programs, Vet Tech, or others. Not to mention, schools currently designated as Hispanic-serving Institutions would lose this status under one college, costing them multiple grants in the process.  The proposal Ojakian has put forth has little to no information on exactly how this plan saves the $28 million. We have no idea precisely where this money is coming, nor where it will go. Some vague statements about more FAFSA officers and advisors are made, but there is nothing concrete in any of the plans we (the students) have seen. So in addition to making up non-existent issues for students that this claims to solve, there seems to be very little financial benefit that we can clearly see outlined.  The Students First plan puts an emphasis on transfer pathways to feed students from the state community college into the four year Connecticut universities. However, this would make it incredibly difficult for students to transfer out of state to better schools. Housatonic has an amazing transfer pathway to NYU. Under this new initiative, there’s a high probability that Housatonic could lose its individuality as a school, its reputation, and therefor its prestige, negatively impacting any student who wishes to go on to bigger, brighter things than the four CT state universities.  We are the students. We are who stand to be affected by this monumental decision and we deserve to have our voices heard, the majority of us, not just a few hand selected student governments.  Our schools and students stand to lose a great deal in this consolidation, and we are adamantly opposed to it.... and yet no one has seemed to hear our opinions.  We are calling on the CSCU Board of Regents to vote no to this deal.  We are calling on the state legislators to get involved, to have a chance to vote no on this proposal. We are calling on the NEASC to deny accreditation to the consolidated school. We are calling on Mark Ojakian to listen to the concerns of the 52,000 students this proposal impacts.  We are the students. We deserve to be heard, and we say NO to the “Students First” project.

Romy Stewart
88 supporters
Petitioning John Lewis, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, President of the United States, Terri Sewell, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, Kyrsten Sinema, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Mi...

Reimplementation of the Fairness Doctrine to include Truth in Journalism & accountability

Since the abolishment of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and any supporting laws that demand Truth In Journalism, it has been the root cause of division in this country. The absence of such has become an increasing reason for the spread of misinformation and the sole birth of "Fake News."  We also believe that establishing or reinstating such laws would force all levels of our nation's politicians to be held to a higher standard and provide citizens with accurate and factual information regarding those we elect to represent us. We would insist that all televised, published (internet and newspaper,) and radio be held to such standards. Any of these outlets reporting as news must be registered as a legitimate news source and must report fairly and factually. As not to infringe on First Amendment rights, these outlets would also have freedom to do "Opinion" pieces, but only when accompanied with a disclaimer stating that those opinions are simply opinions and personal discussions and do not represent the Station or Outlet as a whole. For media and networks who wish to continue to operate in a tabloidesque manner, they should be required, by law, to register as an Entertainment network or Entertainment media source. This will allow the nation to know with certainty, where to obtain reliable information. The FCC should keep an updated record of such and made freely available to the public. Furthermore, no single media source should be allowed to be politically biased, swayed, operated or advertised as such. If they are held to Truth in Journalism laws, the public will be better informed, especially regarding the choices we make as voters. I think we can ALL agree, no matter Republican, Democratic or Independent; none of us care to repeat instances from this past election cycle with the slanderous statements, finger pointing, heated hatred and division this past year alone has contributed to. Having any public statements made by the media and our political representatives, made to be held legally liable for their actions, would prevent a repeat of this unprecedented horror, and assure this higher standard of behavior and display to become what is naturally expected by those who speak for us, inform us and represent us. I hope that each government representative receiving this petition will regard it with the seriousness and urgency it deserves. I hope in doing so, you will agree to be held to the standards that We The People believed when we elected you, and for the peace of mind for us and generations to come. With the increase in complaints from our President regarding the media's unfair reporting, and again, "fake news," we would like to assure the public that this is no longer an acceptable standard for reporting news. The people in this country deserve to be correctly educated, without bias, on the important issues and events that occur in our communities, our country and the world. Thank you for acting on this, and not just taking it into consideration.  

Sandra K
71 supporters
Petitioning Jim Himes, Tyson chicken, Tom Hayes

Save the Chickens: Healthier Farm Animals = Healthier People!

Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the world's top chicken producers, with products in our grocery stores and being served at many restaurants. However, the chicken they serve is not always as healthy and clean as we are led to believe.  Today, most chickens in America spend their entire lives in windowless poultry houses. They live for six to seven weeks before being violently slaughtered, without ever seeing the sun. By the time chickens are considered "processing" weight, they are collapsing due to their unnatural size. At this point, they can die slowly from the inability to reach a water nozzle, or from a common disease called acites, which occurs when the cardiovascular and respiratory system in a chicken cannot keep up with the bird's growth.  "Poultry houses" are long, barn-like sheds. They are filled with ammonia, which is incredibly detrimental to both chicken and worker health. The inhalation of ammonia can cause tracheal burns and even respiratory failure. This is incredibly harmful to poultry, farmers, and consumers! People everywhere are affected by the uncleanliness of poultry houses. Because they are living in their own feces, the chickens are exceedingly dirty. In the past, agricultural studies have revealed that 87% or chicken carcasses contain E. Coli, a potentially hazardous bacteria. The E. Coli strains found in chickens can wind up on consumer's plates! Many companies, including Tyson, keep their chicken in cramped, disgusting conditions out of convenience. If the poultry houses were modified, and the number of chickens reduced, it would be easy to produce healthier chicken for people to eat.  Sign this petition to let Tyson's CEO, Tom Hayes, know that the inhumane treatment of chickens cannot be tolerated for any longer! Customers deserve better food, and chickens deserve better lives.

Catie H
54 supporters