Criminal Charges

Reduce Prison Population by Reducing Criminals

10 Commandments, 750 Criminal Offenses The headlines are full of stories about private prisons, prison overcrowding, and the high percentage of Michiganders that are incarcerated.  Before we expand our prison system, let’s make sure that our jails are for actual criminals.  We should also have a hard look at what constitutes a ‘Crime’. One thing[…]

The War on Drugs

The Cost of the War on Drugs in the 97th District

War on Drugs Figures Released The Michigan State Police have released arrest statistics, county by county, for 2014.  Specifically, we are going to look at the numbers for marijuana.  While we imagine the War on Drugs being fought against heroin, meth, and prescription drug abuse, the numbers tell a very different story: In Arenac County,[…]

Cars and Amish Buggies

Amish Buggies

Amish Buggy v Car Accidents The 97th District contains a significant Amish population.  Amish buggies on the road are a common sight and part of what gives our communities their ambience and rural character.  Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in Car v Amish Buggy accidents, and Facebook is full of conversation about what can[…]

CTE Millage

Career and Technical Education (CTE)- You can MAKE a DIFFERENCE

We Have an Opportunity! I am going to take a short break from the Campaign to Represent the 97th District to talk about Trade and Technical Education in our District.  We have an opportunity to make a difference on May 3- at a cost of about $50 per household, per year.  I encourage you to[…]

Border Wall

Building Border Walls

Let’s Build a Border Wall Time and again on my Facebook page, people from the District are asking me about illegal immigration and walls.  Although that is a federal issue, and the states have no say in immigration to the US, I’ll address the issue.  The most common solutions you hear seem to involve banning[…]

Capital, Lansing

Dr. Robert Townsend makes front page of MIRS News

97th Democrat Running As Doc That ‘Believes In Alternative Medicine’ Robert TOWNSEND says Lansing needs a doctor. And according to him, he is just the one to write Michigan’s prescription. Townsend, a practicing physician and owner of a number of medical clinics throughout the state, is running for the state house in the 97th district.[…]

father son hunting

Gun Ownership is Part of America

We have a Second Amendment Right to Responsibly Own Guns I grew up with guns.  They were tools to me.  Like many in the 97th District we hunted in my family- mostly pheasant, deer and later dove when I lived down South.  My personal interest is long distance shooting.  I’m a member of the NRA,[…]

Michigan Fudge

Politicians Like Michigan Fudge

Why have I been called the ‘Un-Politician’ Most politicians running for office tend to make generic statements to attract the most voters while saying the least and giving the fewest ‘Benchmarks’ against which their performance can be judged.  I’ve decided against this approach.  It may cost me some votes, but I’m going to be real[…]

restroom

Mandating Restrooms

The Michigan Board of Education has proposed rules to address gender identification. I am in agreement with the vast majority of that document but this section is causing controversy…  My concern is that this will detract from the positive aspects of the proposal by creating a ‘reason’ to oppose it that affects all our students[…]