I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
There have been many occasions in my life where I have had to deliver difficult messages. The most diffucult by far was letting my brother, sister and my mom's sister know that my mom had passed away. This happened almost 25 years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I sometimes think back on that morning and wonder if I told them correctly, did I deliver this difficult message correctly. While it was not an easy message to deliver, I had to do it.
Throughout my career, I have had to deliver my share of messages, both good ones and bad ones. It was not until I became a father, did I realize the importance of how the message is conveyed. The delivery of the message is probably the most important part of a message. A poor delivery and there will be outrage. Deliver a message with much thought and maybe the message is received with more of an understanding. When I deliver a message to my kids correctly, there are no fights. When I come out and say that this is what is going to be done, my way, there is always an argument that ensues.
As part of Governor Walker's "Repair Bill" message, I was not impressed. It is not an easy message to deliver, but one that had to be done. I guess what bothered me the most was that he said this is how it is going to be. There was no feeling that there would be any compromise. I immediately knew there was going to be a fight. One has certainly happened at home, as most know my wife and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. When my youngest son came down for breakfast, we were already discussing the bill, my son just grabbed his cereal and said "Oh, talking politics again"
I would hope that there would be some compromise throughout the process. I certainly did not vote for anybody who would just sit back and allow one individual to dictate his policy and everybody else just fall in line. I thought all elected officals are voted into office to represent the people. I know that not every decision is going to be agreed upon 100%, boy if we are lucky maybe 50% of the people would agree, but there must be room for compromise. The democratic process has always allowed for this debate, I hope this continues. I hope elected officials truely are representing their communities.