Troy Talk

World Food Day

In the early stages of the pandemic, most Americans learned for the first time, what it was like to be out of consumer goods, including perishable items like food. It was an eye opener, This time gave us a sobering glimpse into what it is like for someone to suffer from food insecurity: wondering if you had enough food in the house or whether you had enough for today’s dinner. This feeling, while fleeting, for many is the reality for so many of us. 

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Domestic Violence: A Relentless Struggle

Throughout the years that I have been writing this blog,  I ask myself where I have not only taken a strong stand but devoted a substantial portion of my legislative efforts to righting an ongoing wrong. 

One of those positions is domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is important that we continue to promote policies that support the victims of domestic violence – not just this month, but all year round. To that end, I have a number of proposals that focus on protecting and supporting victims of domestic violence. 

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Stomp Out Bullying

Bullying is an undeniable, unfortunate fact of life. We are either victims of it, witness it or forgive me for saying it, maybe even a participant. 

It is a mean, arrogant and despicable practice. Bullying practices can end in hatred and racism. And unfortunately, the digital age, which has brought us many technological benefits, has given us cyber bullying. A thoughtless comment, post, or insinuation can leave as much pain as a push in the classroom or a bump on the playground.

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Don’t Forget the Ballot Questions!

When we think about casting our votes for the November election, we are often consumed by the question of “WHO do we want to represent us?” However, there are other important considerations on the ballot this year, comprised in three public questions posed to the voters.

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Getting Help: National Suicide Prevention Month: A Way to Help

Within months of the coronavirus pandemic and the early stages of the lockdown, experts started to write articles about the emotional and mental health impact on society.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and as the month closes in on us, it’s worth reviewing how important it is to remain vigilant and help those in distress. This is particularly true for young people who face the “usual” pressures of youth, now compounded by the coronavirus.

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Maintaining Our Democracy: Cast Your Vote

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential election coming up. While every election is important, seldom has the integrity of the election process been more in question then now. Adding to the integrity issue is the shock of the coronavirus epidemic.

The sanctity of the right to vote — and I don’t use the word sanctity lightly — is one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy. It is the one inviolable right that separates us from other forms of government.

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