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When I started this journey I was upset by our current Representative's lack of understanding his constituents. You and Me. It seemed that the way he voted on issues was simply what his political party told him to vote. At least I assume that you don't think women are not worth as much as men if doing the exact same job. I assumed you didn't want Right to Work, and I assumed you wanted our children to get a quality public education which was funded by the state government and not just our local tax dollars. So I decided to put my own questions out there and here are the results.
Fear of too much gun control was the top worry of issues facing our families. I would like to address that issue with my personal feelings and thoughts of the subject. Remember i will always vote the way most of our district tells me to but I will always be honest and tell you my feelings also. I was raised in a family where my mom was the best shot hunting than anyone else. She would hit the rabbits when no one else could. Yes, we ate rabbit shot on the farm. (tastes kind of like chicken. lol) When I went to college my roommate was a Criminal Justice Major and had never been around weapons so she asked me to take a shooting class on campus with her. I was the best shot in the class. I grew up around guns and dad used to leave one in the barn for coyotes (if you are a farmer/rancher you know why) My children were both on the trap shooting team in High School. Son and Daughter. My son got to use grandpa's shotgun and keep it as a family heirloom. Over the years he, my husband and a couple of uncles have owned and shared several rifles, shotguns, pistols and even an AR.
I cannot ever see myself restricting anyone's right to own a weapon. We own several. I do however think that maybe if some were not so easily accessible we could save some lives. ... High School Counselor here who worked with students that had friends accidentally and sometimes on purpose shoot and kill themselves. My children and I were taught the proper use and care of firearms before we were ever allowed to handle one. I don't think that is too much to ask of any person wanting to purchase a gun. Proper care also includes knowing how to keep one safe from innocent hands. Gun safes and trigger locks are available and well worth the price.
But enough about me, what do you think?
Have you had a chance to watch any of the hearing today? I did not watch all of it. I watched parts of it throughout the day and a sad day it was in America's History. Having been a school counselor for over 20 years I can tell you that girls do NOT report when they have been molested. I didn't for several months when I was 8 years old. But even at that when I told my mom she didn't believe me and told me not to tell my dad. The point is: Girls don't tell because they feel like they must have done something to "ask for it" whether it was dress provocatively ( they just thought they looked cute or hot ) gone into the wrong room at the wrong party (hey I have something to show you in the other room ) took a drink from the wrong person (Bill Cosby isn't the only one with access to drugs ) or simply went to sleep in one of the bedrooms ( and woke up with someone on her ) and so many other situations that barely touch the surface. What we are forgetting is that boys don't tell either. They feel like they are supposed to be tough so they should have been able to stop it, or that people will think they wanted it, or that people will make fun of them.
They result of not telling is that for many the incident lingers in the back of their mind and memory for the rest of their lives. Some can get over it and can move on and have a good life but others relive that event in dreams or flashbacks triggered by a completely unrelated incident. Some people don't remember because of the shock of what happened to them. It is as if their brain stores away the memory in order to protect itself and it isn't until years later that they realize what had happened.
Today's hearing was a travesty. A woman who had gone through years of counseling to deal with an event that happened when she was 15 was made to tell the "world" what happened in front of dozens of people, some sympathetic and some completely antagonistic and scornful. The fact of the matter is that none of US know what really happened and we never will. Only the two people involved remember and if it was a common event for one or the other they may not even remember because 'it was just another party...'
The real travesty though, comes in the fact that Democrats and Republicans again took sides and did not listen to what was being said on either side. I really worry about our children who are listening to this. Girls and boys are being taught that if they tell they will not be believed (I wasn't) and boys and girls are being taught that if a boy does something like this it is ok and just what boys do (and it's not).
This is NOT a democrat or republican Issue, It is a societal issue and it needs to be addressed. People are afraid that Judge Kavanaugh's life has been "ruined" by the accusations, but if Dr. Ford is telling the truth, her life was "ruined" a long time ago.
So many people complain about the taxes we pay for schools and yet those schools are struggling to keep afloat. Some have gone to 4 day school weeks. Teachers have not received raises in years, classroom sizes are getting larger as teachers retire or leave and are not replaced to save money. The question we should all be asking is if this is affecting the quality of education our children, the future of our country, is receiving. The answer is an overwhelming YES. The question we must ask ourselves and our legislators is this: Is education a priority in Missouri? To be honest and I have said I am brutally honest, I think this is a stupid question to ask. It had better be important because some of those kids are going to be future leaders and bosses and possible Governor or President some day. I want them to know how to spell words correctly, speak intelligently, and simply make good decisions based on fact and using history as a lesson on what worked and what didn't.
In our district the teachers average salary is $34,000. They have gone to college, some have student loans to pay back, some are supporting families, some are continuing their education as that is a requirement for a teacher to stay certified to teach. But I digress. The topic I want to talk about is this : Can someone tell me why the legislature each year discusses and argues about whether it should fully fund education? And to be honest they have NOT fully funded education since the Boats went in and started giving money to our schools. Yes, you read that right, "WE" are not fully funding education. Remember when we voted to allow riverboat gambling and everyone was fairly excited that there would be lots of revenue off the boats going directly to education? I have heard a lot of people ask what happened to that idea? Why didn't it happen? Well, it did .
The riverboat casinos actually do give to our schools. Since they started in 1994 they have given 6.6 Billion to Missouri Education. The problem and reason we don't see any change or difference is because the legislature decided that since schools were getting extra money the State did not have to pay as much! So what happened to the casino money meant for our schools? Basically our legislators stole it, diverted it, gave it to another area, who knows!?! We need to stop diverting money for what used to be a priority for our future and get our schools back in shape. The ones who have suffered the most are the rural schools. If we had better, full funding PLUS the extra given by the casinos we could hire teachers, keep more of the better teachers, purchase newer textbooks, computers for classroom use, expand our Band, Industrial Arts, Family and Consumer Science, Art and Business classes. Did you know those are being cut because they are too expensive to keep? Keeping buses running and picking up our students a priority? The reason some schools have gone to a 4 day week is to save money on this...
The time to do this is Right Now. If we don't correct and fully fund our schools we are not fully funding our future. I am a retired educator. This is a priority to me. I have been in the schools and have seen the shortcuts and dollar pinching that goes on; and that was in Blue Springs. One of the largest, most supported districts in the area. What are our small schools doing? Santa Fe in Waverly? Wellington- Napoleon? Higginsville? and the others?
I had the pleasure of going to TWO fairs this past Saturday and being in TWO parades! I spent the morning at Higginsville meeting lots of great people and learning a lot about what is important to people in Higginsville. We drove and walked some of the parade giving away some candy to a lot of kids. It scares me to throw it as the kids have no idea when they are running out that cars are still moving right beside them. Then in the evening we went to Waverly for the Apple Jubilee and parade there. I met up with my good friend Nancy Peters and we ended the evening in the beer garden.
The one thing that really got to me this day was that my teacher instincts are still very much in tact. It amazes me that people are so biased about political parties. This is something that didn't just show itself to me this week. We have had it come up since the first outing we went on in Mayview. People will ask what political party you are with and when you tell them, they will either say ok, I agree, I disagree or some other reply. The ones who make me want to "correct them" as I would a small child are the people who actually turn their back immediately, make a rude comment and walk away, or even the ones who don't even ask but actually turn their entire body away from you as the walk past, which is not easy to do.
I am afraid I get a little upset at complete rudeness. I have always been a person to make eye contact with people and just say hi if I am walking anywhere. I do this as people are walking past my booth at fairs and am not surprised when people do not look back. As a society we are afraid of the people trying to draw us in to a booth where who knows what they are selling! It's the people who I say hi to and ask how they are doing that when they see the political information actually snub me. Simply because I am running on the democratic ticket. Seriously? I am so much more than a D beside my name on the ballot. What happened to human decency, respect, getting to know someone before passing judgement. I bet if you spoke to me you would find out we would agree on many more ideas and notions than we disagree on. The reason I am running for office is because I believe that both Republicans and Democrats have good and bad ideas and we need people who are willing to look at the idea and not the person presenting it. Do what is RIGHT for Missouri and its citizens!
Moral of the story: Don't act like a child and ignore someone just because you THINK they are a different political party than you. How old are you, anyway? Cause you are acting like you are 6 and I am embarrassed for you.
There have been so many things happening the past week I have wanted to share and talk about, but time to sit and write just hasn't been available. I got to watch my 5 month old granddaughter and 5 year old grandson for 5 days and they kept me busy. During the time I had to have Aunt Lizzy keep them one night so we could go to the Concordia Fair. I will be honest. I had not been to the fair since my husband and I were dating way back in the early 80's! It has changed some, but I guess so have I. For one, I was old enough to go into the beer garden to eat some German Food! You may have seen me: I was the one with the white tennis shoes when I got there! lol Thank you, Lord God, for the moisture. We needed it and still do.
While at the fair I spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I have so much respect for these men and women. We can never repay them for their service and sacrifice. Some never came home, but those who did gave years of their lives away from family and friends to serve Our Country. I admit I am a little old school, but when an American Flag is being presented, it is our Duty to show our respect and honor it as we do the men and women who have fought for it. During the Parade several groups carried our flag proudly, presenting our colors, showing honor to who we are. What upsets me is that except for the opening of the parade and during the National Anthem, very, very few took off their hats, saluted our flag or paid proper honor to our History. So, here is the teacher in me saying, in case you didn't know, when a flag is being carried past in any parade or presentation, it is expected that we, as Americans, show the proper honor for it. Salute by placing your right hand over your heart, or if you have served or been active in any Scouting Groups, saluting by placing your right hand to your forehead in a proper salute. It is NEVER okay to leave on your hat, keep blabbing, or turn your back. Sorry, that is just the way it is...
The price of our freedom is High. Today is September 11. Again the price was high for our first responders on that day. Men and women who run into danger when everyone else is running away toward safety. May we never forget to include those who take care of us in our own towns with our respect and gratitude.
Today I spent the day walking around downtown Lexington and then Higginsville doing some shopping and meeting people. We only have two months until the election and I have not had the chance to meet all of you! I know that meeting several hundred or even a couple thousand people is a big order but I really wanted to meet many of you. I will be honest though, I am not a really outgoing, in your face kind of person. I remember a deacon we had once who said he preferred friendship evangelism rather than the hell fire and brimstone. I agree, I prefer to quietly meet you and let you get to know me. To that end I would like to ask for your help. If you are on this page and following me and KNOW that we need a change in Jefferson City, I am asking for your help. I keep telling people I want to truly represent you and not some party affiliation.
Here is what I need:
During the rest of September and into October I would like to schedule some town hall meetings to let people come out and tell me what they think is important for our district and state and to let them meet me and for me to meet you. I don't know all of the ins and outs of your communities like you do. Please help me and let me know where in your town or community would be a good place to have an open house. Remember that I am not taking in money like Mr. Kolkmeyer does and therefore I have nothing to spend for a venue or even refreshments. I can bake you all some cookies if you want though, depending on how many come! Please let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail at email@example.com . I need your input, not only NOW, but after the election too! This is a representative thing and I want to represent YOU. Tell me what to do!
We just celebrated Labor Day but I wonder how many of us truly think about what this holiday really stands for. It stands for the people who fought and some who actually were injured and died trying to get companies to give workers some basic benefits. As I am writing this I had a hard time coming up with the word benefit. I thought rights, justice, and just couldn't really grasp a word that represented what was won through the strikes, walk outs and strife. Little things we take for granted were gained. A 5 day work week, 8 hour work day, overtime pay, the ability to take a vacation or even a sick day without losing your job, pay increases, insurance benefits, safe working conditions, and the start of child labor laws. There are so many things that we take for granted that simply didn't exist in the late 1800's. All of these benefits were introduced and fought for through the unification of a group of people who were fed up with bosses that lowered their pay simply because they wanted to but at the same time kept prices of goods and housing at the same rate. Kind of sounds like a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Sound familiar?
Here in Missouri we just voted for our legislature to remove the "Right to Work" amendment from our state constitution. We had not voted for it to be placed on there, our current legislators and our past governor decided to place it there and voted it through without our consent. Some Union members protested and decided to do something about it. They gained signatures that questioned the authority of the governor and and legislature passing this. The question was put back to the people of Missouri to decide. We voted and loudly said NO. But even after we voted and obviously don't want it, some of our legislators are saying they are just going to pass it again. Why?
Some people think the reason is that our elected officials are being "bought" by big business. Campaign funding and contributions have no limit in Missouri. Yes, it has to be reported, but there is no limit on who or how much can be given to a legislator. You know the saying that Money is the root of all evil? Well, corruption in politics is rampant. We need to do two things this coming November. 1. we need to see who voted to place Right to Work in place (my opponent Glen Kolkmeyer did) and if you voted to repeal it, don't vote for those people again. It would be like changing your no vote to a yes vote. and 2. We need campaign finance reform. We need to limit the amounts anyone can give a legislator or candidate. The Clean Missouri initiative will do this. Some politicians have donations that amount to the tens of thousands of dollars. Why would someone give that much to a candidate? Just to be generous? They really like the person? They are "hoping" the person will support the same ideals that they do? I don't want to be cynical but, I'm not talking about donations of $50 or even $150 I'm talking about donations in the thousands. Why would you give someone that much money without getting anything in return... I'll be honest, I wouldn't.
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?