This area makes its living from the hard labor of our Watermen. They need our support now more than ever. Our Watermen catch and raise marine life from rockfish to oysters. They are small businesses that keep the region going.
We are a rural district and we have examples that show we need broadband. We have people who hop with their phone in the air to get connected. They don't even joke about this in commercials. It's been decades and we've gotten nowhere?
I said this a month ago, but I feel we aren't being heard. Broadband expansion not only increases business and job growth, but also growth in population, per capita income and even GDP. It's a simple solution and yet, I still have broadband infrastructure as a legislative issue.
It seems many think that every protest is a violent riot, when actually most of the demonstrations across the US are peaceful. Folks need to take time to understand why people are angry. I’m angry. We are also trying to avoid black kids getting killed.
We’re angry not just because of this one murder by a Minneapolis police officer, but because of the ongoing racist violence against black people conducted by people with authority. Why don't folks understand? Because it's been made common place wrapped in a cloak.
Floyd’s final words echo the last words of Eric Garner, whose 2014 death at the hands of New York policemen catalyzed the Black Lives Matter movement. Floyd’s death came days after three men were arrested for killing a young black man, Ahmaud Arbery, whom they saw out running.