Legislative Update 08/13/2015

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"But Jesus said, " Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.""

Matthew 19:14 NASB

Legislative Update


I was privileged to listen to a great speech this past week by the Sibley Ocheyedan Superintendent of Schools, Bill Boer.  His talk was all about the thirteen percent and I was shocked by what he had to say.  Superintendent Boer began talking about a survey, about risky behaviors our students are participating, in a 10 county area of Northwest Iowa, including Osceola County.  This survey is conducted every few years and I was very interested to hear what our kids had to say on this survey.  Bill kept talking about the 13 percent and that seemed to be the focus of his talk.

What Bill finally said, in his passionate speech, was that 13 percent of our kids in school feel like nobody cares for them; nobody wants them; nobody even knows them.  When Bill finished with this statement the roomful of 30 or 40 folks just sat there.  I think just like me, they were all speechless that our kids could think nobody cares for them or wants them.  Bill said two more things that drove it home for me and made me think that I need to share this figure with you.  First, Bill said in his school of over 800 students that means over 100 kids think that nobody cares for them.  Second, Bill said I wonder if we can carry that out to the rest of our population and if that level is consistent.  As a State Representative I represent just over 30,000 men, woman, and children.  If that does indeed carry out to the population as a whole, that means nearly 4,000 people of House District 1 think that nobody cares for them or wants anything to do with them.    

I was left questioning myself.  Recently at a worship service I learned about the 11th Commandment where we should love one another as Christ has loved us.  When I heard Superintendent Boer talking about kids and people who are our neighbors, friends, family, and acquaintances it brought me back to this worship service and my thoughts turned to “what have I done to love one another”?  If we remember, Christ died on the cross soon after he said love one another as I have loved you.  He died for us because His love was so great.  I asked myself, quite frankly, what have I done to “love one another”? 

If over 4,000 folks in House District 1 are so hopeless that they think nobody cares for them then we have failed in that 11th Commandment.  A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with someone close to me about caring for others.  I told this person that you don’t need to give people things but that sometimes the best thing we can give to another is our time.  Sometimes it is to simply say hi, how are you.   I ask you to simply say hi every once in a while to someone you don’t know.  Take an interest in another person.  I commit to do the same.  It is a simple thing but could mean the world to that person. 

By the way I did some research for parents and here is a list of the top ten things kids around the world said they remembered and loved most about their parents.
  1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.
  2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.
  3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.
  4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.
  5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.
  6. At night talk to me about anything; love, school, family etc.
  7. Let me play outside a lot.
  8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.
  9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.

Representative John H. Wills


House Republicans are committed to these principles to produce a balanced and sustainable state budget:

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs; and
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers.
The House Republican position on government spending is reasonable, sustainable and based on simple common-sense budgeting principles.

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