5 Things Every Mom Wants


By Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, Moms Clean Air Force

I believe that I want the same for my kids that all mothers want…regardless of political affiliation.

As a mother, I want these 5 things:

1. As a mother, I want my kids to be able to enjoy the same traditions that I enjoyed growing up. They should be able to go fishing and crabbing in the local rivers with my father, just like I did. We didn’t have to worry about whether or not the fish were safe to eat.

2. As a mother, I want my kids to be able to run, play, swim and breathe without having to carry an inhaler. While the tendency to develop asthma can be inherited, other environmental factors such as air pollution and automobile emissions can also cause the onset of asthma. The oldest of our four kids has been living with asthma since he was diagnosed in second grade. And even as I was packing his supplies for his college dorm room this summer, I was ensuring that his inhaler and other preventative medications were included. I really pray that his three younger sisters do not have to suffer with asthma.

3. As a mother, I want to trust that corporations and power companies do the right thing on their own to protect our environments. However, as Gina Carroll states in her 5 Reasons Why We Need The EPA:

“If there is one thing history has shown us, it’s that corporate polluters will continue to pollute until they are made to stop. In fact, they will fight vehemently for their right to dirty our air, water and land.”

4. As a mother, I want to be able to provide the basic necessities for my kids (housing, food, clothing, medical insurance, etc.) I get that we need jobs, especially in the African America community where the unemployment rate is about 16% for African Americans(which is almost double the national average according the US Department of Labor). But I can’t agree with creating jobs that will allow for more pollution to compromise the health of my children. To me, it’s not a matter of Jobs vs EPA. We need jobs and the EPA!

5. As a mother, I simply want my kids to breathe clean air. This is why I can’t put my faith in political campaign rhetoric or promises. I need to see results, which is why I support the Clean Air Act:

“The Clean Air Act is a law with a 40-year track record of cutting dangerous pollution to protect human health and the environment. Administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this legislation has prevented more than 400,000 premature deaths and hundreds of millions of cases of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.”

According to the EPA website, the Clean Air Act Amendments will prevent over 230,000 early deaths in 2020. This is why the Clean Air Act is necessary, and this is why as a mother I am fighting to protect it.

As a mother, we all want these things, so please join me and thousands of other other moms and dads and sign up for the MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE. Find out the multiple ways that you can TAKE ACTION and hold our politicians accountable for any decisions that would prevent the EPA from protecting our children’s future.

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Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

Excellent points! :)

Carmen S.
Carmen S.3 years ago

thanks for this

Nyack Clancy
Nyack Clancy3 years ago

Sounds very reasonable and not too much to ask- just some very basic things.

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago


Patrick M. get over yourself! I'm sure dads can justaseasily get involved and join the organization, but the name just happens to be Moms Clean Air Force. It's not about sexism or your fragile, brusied male ego, but about the children and what's best for them and their health since they are the future. The fact that parents want the best for their children is (or should be) a universal truth. To boycott them based on their name or your perception of them says more about you as a person and your probable insecurties than anything else.
For the ladies taking exception, remember it's just the name of the organization, I'm sure the sentiment behind it is sincere and not sexist. Mothers are typically perceived as being more nurturing, concerned and proactively involved in their children's health than anybody else and this organization was more than likely developed and built by mothers so why shouldn't they name it as they see fit? It's the organization's purpose that truly matters and the people that get involved with it.

Let's not be so sensitive or behave like popsicle people, as I call them (frozen solid with huge wooden sticks up their rears).

Janie Caldwell
Janie Caldwell3 years ago

I am willing to bet that Moms Clean Air Force has many dads involved as well as many grandparents. Perhaps the writer NEEDED to tout her own horn, and we should say thanks. Let's be happy that we have energetic PEOPLE working to protect ALL of our children. My grandchild is male, and he breathes the same air.

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti3 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Laura S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Good points. I'm sure males who raise kids want same things, too, not just mothers.

Nola g.
Nola g.3 years ago

Thank you for the article. But I think fathers & grandparents want the same things for their families.

Rita White
Rita White3 years ago

Thanks for the article