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Today a new law was passed that brought Missouri in line with just about every other state by not allowing anyone 15 or younger to be married. How did this come to the legislatures attention? It started with a series of reports in the Kansas City Star. An article recently written by Sarah Fenske states "Those laws, as the Kansas City Star reported in a groundbreaking series earlier this year, made Missouri "the easiest place in America for a fifteen year old to wed." As the paper reported, "From 1999 to 2015, more than 1,000 15-year-olds married in Missouri. Of those, The Star’s review of data shows, more than 300 married men age 21 or older, with some in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Assuming they had premarital sex, those grooms would be considered rapists."
Having been a High School Counselor it amazes me that this measure is just now passing in 2018. A 15 year old is a Freshman or Sophomore in High School. They are still maturing, some girls have not even started their monthly cycles, some boys are just starting to get that voice change and squeak. And I can assure you that the person wanting to marry them is not another 15 year old. I've spoken to those students dating older men or women and they "know" they are in love. They "know" the person they are with loves them. What did you think when you were 15? Look back at your High school yearbook or pictures. Think of your friends, your likes and dislikes. Anything changed since then?
On a personal note, I wasn't allowed to date until I was 16. My children were not allowed to date until they were 16. I wasn't going to drive him and she needed to be able to kick the guy out if he did something wrong and drive home herself. High School is for having fun with your friends, being silly, learning about relationships and hanging out with groups.
Here is something else to think about: 50 members of the current House of Representatives voted against this change stating it infringed on people's rights... Seriously, Representatives? What are you thinking?
This weekend a true American Hero passed away. Senator John McCain of Arizona lost his battle with cancer. I would like to share some thoughts of the loss of Senator McCain. Only one person that I know of has questioned that this man is a war hero. While serving his country during the Vietnam War he was shot down, Spent years in a concentration camp, survived, came home and then continued to serve his country as an elected official. He put his life in the spotlight for us to see. Senator McCain will be sorely missed in congress as he did something few politicians these days will do. He voted for what he believed was right no matter whose idea it was. We may not have agreed with him all the time or he with us, but he was willing to listen and then decide. Then today a letter, written by Senator McCain, to us Americans was released. I cannot summarize it and do him the justice he deserves so following is a copy of his letter. Thank you, Senator McCain. You have made your mark on history and your message and spirit live on.
"My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,
Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.
I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.
I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people — brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.
'Fellow Americans' — that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.
We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.
We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.
Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.
I feel it powerfully still.
Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.
Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America."
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?