What a campaign season this has been, and we have less than two weeks to go … I’m counting down the days and bet you are too!
There’s a lot at stake in this election. The Texas Legislature must decide some fundamental questions next year, not the least of which is this: will we support our public schools and give them the funding they need to succeed, or will we take even more money out of them to fund a private school voucher scheme?
My opponent is being propped up and supported by some of the same people and groups that are supporting Donald Trump, including Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who vows he won’t stop until he passes a voucher scheme. I plan on doing everything I can to stop him.
Early voting in Texas kicks off next Monday and before the polls open, it is important for voters to understand the recent changes made to the Texas photo voter identification (ID) requirements.
In response to a federal court declaring the voter ID law discriminatory, voters who do not possess an acceptable form of photo ID may instead produce alternative identification and sign a “reasonable impediment declaration” explaining why they do not have photo ID. Once completed and signed, the voter will be allowed to vote a full, regular ballot.
It’s been a really tough few weeks. From Orlando to Dallas to Baton Rouge, our nation has seen more tragedy in rapid succession than in any time I can recall. For those of us in North Texas, the loss is especially profound – not since 9/11 have so many American police officers been killed in the line of duty.
As a community, we will continue to grieve for our collective loss. For the families who have lost a husband, son, brother or father, their pain is incomprehensible. For the police officers who lost partners and friends, I have to imagine the pain they feel is only magnified by the continued daily pressures and dangers of the job.
So for the rest of us, after the memorials and vigils have passed, as social media and the 24/7 news cycle inevitably directs our attention elsewhere, how do we hold on to the grief and horror we’ve shared lately and translate it into something tangible that maybe helps avert future tragedies?
What an empty feeling to start a day. What happened in Dallas, the city I grew up in, is still unfathomable to me.
I can’t imagine the grief of the families of the five officers who gave their lives in the line of duty…and the anguish of those families whose loved ones are in the hospital. Let’s all pray that those officers are able to return home to their loved ones. It’s a tragedy of incomprehensible magnitude. Let’s all pray for Dallas.