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We had wonderful weather for the Lexington Fair. The Model T had some problems with the generator so we were not able to bring it for the parade and the Model A still needs the front springs replaced (but he's working on it!) We decided we would feel kind of funny just the three of us walking in the parade with no sign to let people know who we were and why we were there! We did have a booth and had the opportunity to meet several people and hear about what some in the town of Lexington and surrounding areas feel about issues coming up this year. One question asked was what I thought about I-70 becoming a toll road. It hasn't been done or decided yet, but there is talk about it. I know that my husband drives I-70 to work each day from M Highway into downtown KC so the first thing that goes through my mind is "What is that going to cost us!" Would there be a cheaper rate for those of us that drive it to work every day? Another issue coming up for vote is the sales tax on gasoline going up over the next several years. what do you think about that? These are questions that I want to hear from YOU what you think. Both of these are supposed to put more money into road improvements. We know we need those, but are these the right ways of getting the money? and will the money be used in our area?
Very interesting day. I received a phone call this morning from my sister saying she was very excited when she saw my name on the "real" ballot. She had to call and tell me. I got to the polling place about an hour later and it was a strange feeling. A year ago I would have never thought I would be running for office. Just shows you what paying attention to what is going on in our government can do to a person. It makes you want to stand up and change what is going on!
I want to thank everyone who came out to vote today no matter what or who you voted for. We, as Americans, need to be active participants in our government. That is what our forefathers intended for all of us when they said "We the People." Now, We the People, need to coordinate and win back control of our state and our government.
A couple of other items to note: 1) Looks like we have come together and agreed that Right to Work is Wrong for us in Missouri. We need to stay vigilant and make sure it is not slid by us again. 2) I am very excited to announce that I will be watching another race this year as my niece, Nicole Thompson, won her primary in Senate District 6 in Jefferson City. She is to blame for my discovering how naive I was about how much state government affects me and lighting this fire under me.
Just spent the last three days manning an information booth during Odessa's Puddle Jumper Days meeting several people from our district. I am overwhelmed by the needs in our district and the lack of help people have received for medical and personal care. I love our community and was truly saddened to listen to stories of neglect and attempts to improve their positions which ended with not only no help, but with no response or rude replies and outright statements from politicians stating they did not care. I also cannot count the times I heard that a citizen called their representative to never receive a call back from the representative or any staff member in that office. I admit I have not been in politics in the past and don't know the number of calls or visits that a state representative receives in a day, but i was a counselor in a large school and always made it a policy to visit with anyone who came in whether it was immediately or as soon as I could get out of a meeting and returned the call or e-mail of each one received. If our elected officials do not care about us, why did we elect them and what good are they to us? This opens up the next question of who is supporting their campaign? What are they basing their choices on when voting for a resolution or bill? Are they truly working for us if they don't know what we need and want? It is a very frustrating and confusing process and it should not be. Our representatives are elected by US to represent US. Their duty is to listen to the people in their district and to make choices based on the needs and wants of their district. That is what I plan on doing... It seems that my logic is not that common, but don't you think it should be?
We had the great opportunity to visit with the Lafayette County Democrats at their annual Dinner and Pie Auction tonight. We met lots of great people and had a very nice welcome in Higginsville. I didn't get the pie I really wanted but came home with some awesome Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes! I want to thank the Lafayette County Democrats for giving me a couple of minutes to speak and introduce myself. I appreciate the welcome and the comments I received after.
The main speaker for the night was Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver. I was fortunate enough several years ago to hear him speak when he was Mayor of Kansas City at a Missouri School Counselor's Association Conference at TanTarA and was very taken with him. Tonight was just as inspiring. He is a man of wisdom and faith and very much a people person. If you ever have a chance to hear him you will not be disappointed! On a side note, I would say gooseberry is his favorite pie since he bought two! We will be at the Odessa Puddle Jumpers Days next weekend. Come out and see me and tell me what you would like to see Missouri do for you!
We had such a great day Saturday in Mayview! I appreciate all of the people who stopped by and introduced themselves. It was great talking to you and finding out what is important to you. I took some notes, put October 13 on my calendar to come back and praised God when it started raining. I told people I wouldn't care if we got rained out and all my things got ruined if it would just rain, and it did! Although we packed up early because of the rain, we thoroughly enjoyed the time we were there. My husband, Fred, entered his Model T (Henry) in the car show and he won a trophy. You would not believe how excited he was! It was the first time he had ever won anything like that in his life. He is still smiling about it and the trophy is in my Dining Room on the sideboard. I wonder if he expects me to keep it there?
Regardless, I am not sure I can wait til October to come visit again. I need to check out the new store and the restaurant and I think I may have to go back to talk Sadie into baking me a pie one day soon! Coconut cream?
on a sad note, when we got south toward my house the dust wasn't even settled by the rain...
I had a young man ask me the other day what was wrong with Right to Work. He said he knows it is supposed to be bad, but no one ever says why. I answered him and later got to looking at the signs and ads. He was right, none of them said why. So here is my uneducated, but very personal, take on why Right to Work is Wrong. I've looked at Right to Work states and my husband was employed in the state of Kansas for many years. Just last year he was injured on the job performing a running maintenance procedure, which means that the machine is kept running so that there is no down time in the production of the product. These can be dangerous machines but some companies value production over people. His shirt sleeve was caught in the machine and he was pulled in and almost lost his arm. He was taken to the hospital, ambulances cost too much, was cleaned up and sewn up and asked to see the company's Workman's comp doctor the next day. He went to the company's doctor who said he didn't think he should return to work yet but had to check with the HR person at the company first. Long story short, as soon as he was off workman's comp, he was fired. He tried to ask why, the company said he was careless doing his job. He filed for unemployment (he'd worked there for over 5 years. 7 days a week, mandatory and most days over 8 hour days, again mandatory) The company denied his unemployment. Right to Work meant he had to work those 7 day weeks and when he was fired, basically for getting hurt, there was nothing he could do about it.
I don't care if you are Union or non Union, but years ago in US History, Unions organized to get 5 day, 40 hour work weeks, decent pay, lunch breaks, vacations and paid holidays, recourse if you are unjustly fired and as you can see from my husband's example, Right to Work can allow a company to take a lot of that away.
We made my website active this week and I have had a great response and questions from several people. The one that really made me stop to think was the one where they asked what ticket I was running on. I know that for years I have become frustrated with political ads and signs that say "Vote For ..." and don't tell me what ticket they are running on. Imagine my chagrin when I realized that I was doing the same thing! I am so sorry! I can only say that I honestly didn't think about it. I am a strange person in that I think both parties have good and bad ideas and it's really not about party for me. I consider myself a conservative liberal but most of the things in the news and legislation align me best with the Democratic party. So, that is what I am.
Kind of makes you wonder though, why do we worry more about what political party a candidate is running on? (Which I do, as well.) Shouldn't we be asking what the candidate believes in? Or, to be rude and brutally honest, asking them if they will actually represent ME and not the party?