Teacher’s Salary

Teacher’s Salary

What can we do in life that does not start with learning?  From the family farmers teaching their children how to care for the land, to the scientist who design a new spacecraft, to the plumbers who keep our system ‘flowing’.  They all started with learning a trade or skill.  To learn a new skill we need the basic building blocks of knowledge, and who teaches us these skills?  Teachers.  Teachers teach, and are, the base foundation on everything we learn and achieve in life.  How do we expect our children to succeed when we don’t provide the ones getting them a start with a livable wage?

We need to increase funding to our schools and teachers if we want to avert a future without progress.  I propose we expect more from our teachers, but we need to give them a reason to reach higher.  With increased teacher salaries and educational incentives; tuition reimbursement, raises for higher degrees and skills (trades teachers), we can attract and retain the best for our children and our future.

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to my parents, Jim and Mary, today would be their 50th wedding anniversary (mom passed in 2016). I know that I was blessed to have had such amazing parents who shaped and supported me in all my wild life adventures, including this latest one. We were certainly far from perfect, me especially, and things weren’t always easy, but my sister and I know how lucky we were to have them. I also know how proud my father is of me in this undertaking, and how I feel moms approval deep in my heart.

I believe that much of the objectives and strengths I am bringing to this race, come from them. My father always stressed that a person has to have Character. If you don’t honor your word, then you are not worth anyone’s time. A liar is the same as a thief, you’re stealing from people with your words, he would say. And if you do, you need to make amends, not because you got caught, but because it is right. Mom instilled in me a need to fight for those that can’t fight for themselves. When I was young (and hot headed), I would go after the bullies for picking on someone for being different, win or lose, it needed to be done. 

Times have changed, but moral character shouldn’t. We may disagree on every topic under the sun, but treating people with respect and dignity should never become the ‘old fashioned’ way. Unfortunately, that is no longer the norm. All sides feel it is fair game to insult and belittle each other because we are different. That’s the best part about America, we are all different! We need to start listening to each other, and not just waiting for our turn to respond. 

My policy will to be as open and transparent as possible with people. If I voted for Bill XYZ, I will tell you why or why not, because if not, I would be stealing the voice of the voters. I am not running to push the agenda that the media says I should, or to line my own pockets, I work will work for the people of District 8 and actually listen when they have something to say. I understand that these are just words right now, but watch us, because our actions will say the same thing.

To Mom and Dad, thank you for everything. We will do this together and bring America back from the edge.

Higher Standards

Higher Standards

In light of recent events in our local political news, I feel compelled to say something that to me is patently obvious. When you become a government official through either appointment or election, you are, and should be, held to a higher standard. You no longer are just ‘You’. You chose to represent all the people of the area you govern, and you are beholden to all of them, not just your friends and cohorts. In the last few years we have watched as politicians make their positions personal podiums, and can spout whatever nonsense or contempt they are feeling at the moment. And I for one am sickened by it, dictators do whatever they want, not elected politicians.


Our representatives, at all levels of government, need to adhere to a higher ethical standard. Unfortunately this has not been the case, from the federal level all the way down to our county level. When people of low to no character, are representing us, we all look classless. When politicians and their cronies, engage in slander and defamation of their constituents merely because they sit on opposite sides of the aisle, it is time for them to step down. It is time for adults to take control of our government again, and that begins with getting the children throwing temper tantrums out. When you are elected as a representative your voice doesn’t just represent you anymore, it represents the people. You don’t give up your 1st amendment right; you gain the duty to be more responsible with it.

The American Dream

The American Dream

James T. Adams in 1931 wrote:
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” ~The Epic of America


All anyone should ask for is the equal Chance to succeed, and not have the system hold them to a higher standard or stricter rules. When people are given equal opportunities their reach is now only limited by their ability and drive. When people are allowed to live as themselves, when their basic necessities of life are available, then they can find their dream and their potential. Most people don’t want a Handout, but many need a helping hand to get them started. The government should provide people with access to the tools of a successful life, not just hand it to them. Access to healthcare should be a right. Basic dignity in their own skin should be a right. The role of our Government should be to give every American a chance to succeed, to help out when others put roadblocks in their way, and to ensure the rules for one, are the same for all.