Views on Issues

Explicitly granted in the 2nd Amendment

The right to bear arms is explicitly granted in the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Some have suggested that there would have been a “hunting game” understanding underlying that provision in 1791, and that our rights as citizens can and should be limited. The Nebraska Constitution, written not quite one hundred years later (1875), in its Article I Statement of Rights states:

Human life begins at conception

One of the questions that anyone running for office beyond the very local level can count on getting asked is:

"Where do you stand on the question of abortion?"

Let me state unequivocally my personal position: I am Pro-Life.

The devil is in the details

Per Article VII of the Nebraska Constitution, it is the responsibility of the State of Nebraska to provide for a free public education to the children of Nebraska. As a 3 term local school board member, I believe that we have to take that responsibility seriously, but I also realize that the devil is in the details.

Historically, school districts were created by the state in localities, and then the local districts were largely responsible for the determination of curriculum standards, as well as for the funding of education. More recently, the state has become a more dominant factor in determining curriculum choices of local boards, as well as in providing funding for educational programs.