Education:

  • We have the moral obligation to ensure that every student receives a strong education.
  • Significant learning can, and does, occur outside of a classroom setting.
  • Parental involvement is essential to a student's learning.
  • Children learn best when they feel safe at home and at school.
  • Educational success can be a significant factor in preventing personal and societal struggles.

Mental Health and Opioid Crisis:

  • Mental health and drug concerns affect nearly every person at some level, whether it is a personal struggle, or that of a friend or family member.
  • Treatment alone is not enough to address the issue. Our focus needs to be in treatment, prevention, and long-term recovery.  
  • One individual who struggles with mental health disorders or a substance use disorder can affect entire families and even communities.
  • Mental health and drug concerns are a result of genetics and environment (it is not nature vs. nurture, but nature and nurture).
  • The responsibility for caring for people who struggle with a mental illness and substance abuse lies with individuals, families, community organizations, non-profits, and the government.

Civic Engagement:

  • We, as Americans, are immensely privileged to have to the right to speak to how our government functions.
  • Our constitutional republic is reliant upon a virtuous citizenry.  
  • I want to see people more involved in civic community.
  • We need to relearn how to disagree without animosity or threats of violence.
  • Having a different opinion does not preclude us from our mutual responsibility to one another as neighbors and fellow citizens.