Is it our role, as legislators and representatives of the people, to be mere caretakers of a way of government that has been constructed in our state over the past 150 years(much by those who are ideologically different from today’s majority)? Or, are we to seek change for the improvement of our state and of Tennesseans, painful and uncertain as that might be?
Is education where we want it to be? How about healthcare? The regulatory environment? Individual rights? The budget? The size of government? Criminal justice? Social services?
The late Thomas Martin, a resident of Giles County, is my great, great grand uncle. He founded Martin College by will bequest, pursuant to his dying daughter’s request, in 1870. Yesterday, it was an honor to visit still vibrant and active Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. I met many of the good faculty and administrators who are making it work for the benefit of many rural Tennesseans and others, including Mayor Pat Ford.
By the way, according to written history, Thomas Martin - his former house pictured here - saved Pulaski from the torch of Union troops by payment of a $3,000 ransom. Thus, many antebellum homes still stand in Pulaski. The present Giles County court square is a vibrant and active place.
I am thankful for the hard work that the legislative task force on disability services is doing. Also, grateful for their invitation to become a member of the committee.
Tennessee must do better to serve these good people. It will carry a big price tag, but it’s the right and moral thing for a prosperous state to do.