WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury).
#1) How do you plan on voting on each of the three ballot questions? Can you explain your rationale behind each vote? (Background: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/ballot_questions18.htm)
Question #1 regarding Nurses. I have spoken to all the nurses that I know and all of them have told me that they are voting no on this question. Then I did some online research to further my investigation of the reasons to be for or against. It does seem that staffing regarding patient care should be something that each hospital determines with the input of the RN’s that work there, not a staffing ratio that is determined by state law. I am voting no.
Question #2: To me at first glance this looks like a simple yes vote. It only authorizes the state to put a citizens commission together to recommend an amendment to the US Constitution regarding regulating corporations and their campaign contributions. The question itself seems to answer what the commission’s findings are to be. I believe there should be some regulations regarding all types of campaign contributions. As long as it does not cost the taxpayers any money since the commission members are volunteering their service I will vote yes.
Question #3: I am a definite no on this one. This is the proposed referendum on the existing Bathroom Bill. The citizens of Massachusetts are being told that this bill is an anti-discrimination bill for transgenders. Are we sure it is not a discrimination bill against the majority of us who want to use the ladies room and mens room without people of the opposite sex being there? Using a public restroom is not about which gender you align yourself with at any given moment it is about what genitalia you have. I think having a family bathroom or a bathroom that has a male/female designation is fine but I want to be able to take my granddaughters to the ladies room or locker room without males being in there. Why is it wrong for transgenders to feel uncomfortable in a bathroom which aligns with their sex but it is okay to make others feel uncomfortable when they walk into the locker room or bathroom when a member of the opposite sex is present? Within the current law if someone uses the bathroom and are not transgender they can be prosecuted but it is illegal to ask them if they are transgender so we have no way of truly knowing. This is just taking it too far.
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