Our 2016 Texas 101 Day is fast approaching. Over the next few weeks, between now and our September 10th event, I’ll be updating you on the issues we’ll be focusing on.
First up: healthcare, or as we’ll be calling it going forward, healthy communities.
When I wrote you about this issue in 2014, the Health Insurance Marketplace had been up and running for a few months and more than 700,000 Texans had enrolled in coverage plans. Today, that number has soared to 1.2 million.
This is great news, but more must be done.
Texas 101 Day, 2016, Details: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus — Ballroom, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington.
Two years ago, more than 100 of our neighbors came together for our first Texas 101 Day, a half-day discussion of critical issues affecting the families of Arlington and Grand Prairie. That event was a tremendous success and the discussion and collaboration that began that day helped lay the groundwork for meaningful action on key local issues.
Soon after Texas 101 Day, we formed constituent task force groups focusing on transportation, payday lending, economic opportunity and healthy communities. These groups have played a critical role in advancing the discussion on these and other issues.
Although progress has been made, there’s still much to do. I’m looking forward to taking stock of what’s been done in the last two years and more importantly, chart where we need to go next at our 2016 Texas 101 Day.
I hope you will join us for an interactive and collaborative event to discuss common interests with neighbors, brainstorm possible solutions and find new ways to create change and move our community forward.
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.