4002 Sherman St NE #117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Iowa House District 53
Current policy is appropriate.
LETTERS TO THE GAZETTE
Strong families will help cope with drug gangs
The trend is for crack and meth gangs to come to our city to distribute their drugs and violence.
Juveniles join gangs to gain a sense of family, community and security. The break-down of the marriage-based family has allowed gangs to flourish.
To reverse this trend the State Legislature needs to:
To stop the assault on the marriage-based two-parent family, the Legislature should give the material foundation back to family through lower levels of taxation, review Iowa's no-fault divorce laws and restore parental rights, authority and control over children.
Fostering a sense of pride in community, encouraging home ownership and actually having police officers live in at-risk neighborhoods would strengthen our inner city.
The Cedar Rapids area is fortunate to have vibrant neighborhood associations that nuture a sense of community.
Pride in the community rises in direct proportion to home ownership. Balanced budgets combined with lower levels of taxation do more to encourage home ownership than any government program.
Down payment grants to police officers who purchase a home in a high-risk area would make these communities safer.
Quicker arrests and prosecution of suspects by the county district attorney would go a long way to keep violent and juvenile criminals off our streets.
In football, every defensive team has a front line, a linebacking core and a secondary. If one part of the team can't do the job, the whole team suffers. So it is with our families, community and judiciary system.
With stronger families, we will have safer communities and less need for prisons.
Candidate for Iowa representative