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Byline: Sofia Martinez Sofia Martinez was a fictional character in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street.

She was a doctor and CEO at the Shortland Street medical centre. During her time she was involved with Dr. Victor Kahu.

She was portrayed by Lena Cruz from 1999 to 2001.
 and Richard Moore

Our country is facing large challenges when it comes to our health. Learning and developmental disabilities, infertility, and childhood and young adult cancer are on the rise. Some are even calling puberty at the age of 10 a new normal.

The good news is that many of these health trends could be prevented if we took a serious look at addressing toxic chemicals in this country. The law governing how chemicals are regulated hasn't been updated since the 1970s and falls short of protecting our most vulnerable New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S).  communities.

Toxic chemicals are used in a variety of consumer products we encounter every day in our homes, communities and workplaces. Carcinogens appear in our soap, building materials Building materials used in the construction industry to create .

These categories of materials and products are used by and construction project managers to specify the materials and methods used for .
 and plastics. Formaldehyde is commonly used in "wrinkle-free" clothing, and hormone-disrupting chemicals can be found in many of our personal care products.

There is an ever-growing market of "safer" and "less toxic" products, but often those labels are misleading and the products are more expensive.

So while many New Mexico families have a hard enough time keeping food on the table, how can we expect them to pay a higher price for consumer products that may or may not be free of toxic chemicals?

Regardless of income level or where we live or work, we all deserve to know the effects of chemicals we encounter every day. And that they are tested for their health effects prior to entering the market place.

There is a common-sense solution that would remove the unjust economic hurdle to safer, healthier products. The Safe Chemicals Act (SB 847) is a bill that would increase the safety of chemicals in this country and would address many of the concerns our communities face. We applaud Sen. Tom Udall's public support of the Safe Chemicals Act and encourage him to help a strong version of this bill move through Congress.

All New Mexico families deserve to be protected from toxic chemicals. Our history of chemical and weapons research, mining, fossil fuel fossil fuel: see energy, sources of; fuel.
fossil fuel

Any of a class of materials of biologic origin occurring within the Earth's crust that can be used as a source of energy. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, and natural gas.
 and oil and gas development impacts are well known. Our health is at stake, and if we have the opportunity to prevent even a few chronic illnesses each year, we have the moral obligation to do so.

Sofia Martinez is president of Concerned Citizens of Wagon Mound and Mora MORA, In civil law. This term, in mora, is used to denote that a party to a contract, who is obliged to do anything, has neglected to perform it, and is in default. Story on Bailm. Sec. 123, 259; Jones on Bailm. 70; Poth. Pret a Usage, c. 2, Sec. 2, art. 2, n.  County. Richard Moore, coordinator of Los Jardines Institute, lives in Albuquerque.
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Title Annotation:Letters to the Editor
Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Geographic Code:1U8NM
Date:Jun 26, 2012

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