Troy Talk

Preventing Animal Cruelty

If our household has a member who doesn't quite "speak" to us, it must be our pets, whom we love and treat as equal family members. I have a friend who used to say, "It's only a dog," until he brought home a beagle. Then, he finally understood how deep the bond was and that pet was no longer “just a dog.”

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National Doctors Day: A Day To Offer Respect & Protection

Yesterday, March 30, we celebrated National Doctors Day. This started in 1933 when the public would send greeting cards to doctors or place flowers on the graves of those deceased.

The tribute, respect, and acknowledgment of how they serve our community remain unchanged, even if some outward expressions are different. And that sense of esteem has broadened to include all health care workers.

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Women's History Month

The month-long celebration of Women's History Month in March is the ideal time to reflect, honor and learn about women who have made a vital contribution to progress in our country. We must not forget that women, even though we see progress, continue to face obstacles their male counterparts do not.

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Accessory Dwelling Units: The Return Of A Good Idea

In the early part of the 20th century, it was common to find multiple families living in the same building. With the implementation of more restrictive zoning laws, this practice diminished significantly but has returned in a new form: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). We sorely need these types of units because of skyrocketing housing prices, the inching upwards of interest rates, and the lack of housing in desirable areas.

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Presidents Day: A Civics Lesson For All

It would be unusual for anyone with even a modest interest in sports and fitness to not understand the importance and benefits of learning the fundamentals. These building blocks serve as the framework for all future improvement and protect the individual from harm.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: When It's More Than A Slogan

I have recently sponsored Senate Bill No. 841. In the formal language that legislators use for a bill, my legislation establishes a Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) as a principal department in the Executive Branch. My bill then outlines this new department's specific functions, powers, and duties.

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