The protests over the death of George Floyd have engulfed the nation amidst our ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
We, as a society, think university-granted degrees are more valuable than they actually are. Consequently, college degrees are often demanded to qualify for a job when degrees are not necessary. A degree might even cause us to think someone is qualified when they are anything but.
The second session of the 57th Legislature ended Friday, May 22. Technically, we are recessed until sine die is official at 5 p.m. May 29. Unless something unforeseen occurs – and this year, it could – we have completed our work.
Over the course of my public career, I’ve taken part in dozens of Memorial Day ceremonies. I’ve listened to the solemn tributes paid to those who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for our freedoms. I’ve heard stories of their valiant service and poignant memories shared by those who loved them. I’m always touched by the sadness that comes from wondering how life would be different had they continued to live among us.
Every legislative session presents its own unique challenges—this time last year, many of us were dividing our time between finishing up legislation here at the Capitol and trying to assist with the overwhelming needs following massive flooding throughout the state.