Rosalyn Carter visited Truckee Meadows Community College yesterday, not for political purposes, but to raise awareness for the needs of the disabled and mentally ill.
Rosalyn Carter traces her interest and work in the area of mental health to a 1971 campaign encounter with a woman working nights to support her mentally ill daughter. She says the more she learned, the more she wanted to do, and she shared some of the decades of work that followed with the crowd gathered for Disability Awareness Day.
Her son Jack is running against U-S Senator John Ensign and she and her husband have been traveling the state making campaign appearances for him. She told the audience she was asked to keep politics out of this talk and for the most part did. She did mention that budget cuts are hurting these people the most but Nevada lawmakers could turn things around.
In an interview following the talk she said she was concerned about what had happened to a number of health programs under the current administration. This past summer President Bush used the first veto of his presidency to kill a bill expanding federal funding of embyronic stem cell research. An issue he and others have cast as a clash of faith and science. As a person of faith, Mrs. Carter says that's something she can't understand.
Mrs. Carter says for that and other reasons we need a change of leadership and with control of the Senate at stake, Nevada was in a position to make a difference. It was an opportunity to deliver a pitch for her son.
*ROSALYN CARTER* IS HERE IN RENO... RAISING AWARENESS, FOR THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED & MENTALLY-ILL.
DURING A SPEECH AT TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TODAY... CARTER SAID, BUDGET CUTS ARE HURTING *THESE PEOPLE* THE MOST... BUT THAT NEVADA LAWMAKERS COULD TURN THINGS AROUND.