When you learn that someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, what can you do? How can you “help” or be an encouragement to this person?
I would suggest that the greatest thing you can do is to be present with the person. You acknowledge the individual and your awareness of a difficult diagnosis. You express your care and concern and the desire to be of support. You listen, which is huge! You listen to your friend’s anger, fear, or frustration. You listen to his/her perception of what is happening, and you share your willingness to actually be with them as they go through this experience.
Then, you notice and implement ways you can be of help or encouragement. It could be a spoken word or written note, a smile and an arm around their shoulder, or just walking together with them. Our natural tendency is to avoid “bad news” or the awkwardness of not knowing what to say. That is why it means so much to not avoid this person. They need to hear that you are thinking of them and praying for them. The strength of positive personal relationships is so valuable in helping each of us navigate the challenges like cancer that we may face in life.
As Governor, I would encourage counseling and supportive measures for those with a cancer diagnosis.
We all live under certain laws that were never ruled on by a legislative body. I am talking about “laws” like gravity and entropy. Due to these laws, or rather, the reality they express, we must continually be attentive to “maintenance.”
It is not enough to design or construct new structures or programs. We must consider what is necessary to maintain them. What are the costs (in terms of effort and finances) to maintain something? What are the costs (in loss of service or finances) if we don’t maintain them?
Great examples of this would be not taking care of the maintenance of our infrastructure—- roads, bridges, sewers, and water lines.
Roads in disrepair leads to flat tires, mal-alignment of a vehicle’s front end, accidents, and decrease of potential businesses or tourism in our state.
As the Governor of Michigan, I will insist that we take into account not only the cost for construction of roads, buildings, and other projects, but also the maintenance of those projects.
Someone wisely said, “Before you take down a fence, know why it was there in the first place.” Before we dismantle the Second Amendment, we should know why it was there in the first place.
As a missionary doctor in Africa, I’ve known good people who lost their lives to rebel gunmen because they had no means to protect themselves.
Well, that was Africa. But here in America our founding fathers gave us a means to protect ourselves, the right to bear arms. The second amendment is a “fence” against would be oppressors and criminals, those that would take our lives and take our freedoms. Now is not the time to take the fence down.
As your governor, I will protect your liberties and freedoms, including the right to bear arms.