The Kansan — Moran focuses on cooperation and optimism

August 17, 2016

Sen. Jerry Moran was the guest speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Newton Tuesday evening at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Greg Claassen, a ventriloquist, provided the group with entertainment.

As a member of the Rotary, Moran said he was appreciative of the work done by club members to help the community.

“Our ability to keep civic clubs going strong is a challenge. It’s harder and harder to get young people to engage,” Moran said. “If you really want to make a difference in our world, if you really want to make a difference in our country, you do it one person at a time.”

Moran went on to speak about how he encourages young people who grew up in Kansas to stay in Kansas.

“My interest in politics really revolves around growing up in small town Kansas, and I believe that rural America is something that’s worth trying to keep around,” Moran said. “You have a senator that focuses a lot of attention on agriculture, on farming and ranchers, on community hospitals and healthcare, trying to keep our hospitals doors open, physicians in our community and our pharmacies on Main Street.”

In Washington, people don’t often understand how keeping a local grocery store open impacts a small town economy, Moran stated.

“We are a small part of a big country, and the things that are important to us are hardly recognized or understood,” Moran said. “We have to figure out…how to work with people who don’t always agree with us, who have different backgrounds and don’t know anything about us…There’s a whole variety of things in which we have no choice but to figure out how we work together.”

“We’ve got to get our federal deficit and debt under control. It is an economic issue that will harm us greatly in our ability to create jobs and improve people’s jobs and live the American dream, but it’s also a moral issue. We apparently are willing to accept the benefits that government provides us, but we are apparently are unwilling to pay the tab for doing so. Americans need to figure out whether they want those benefits and if they do, then I think we ought to expect the people that get the benefits to actually pay for them,” Moran said.

When asked if he thought things would get better or worse after the next presidential election, Moran replied, “I believe that every day that you get up or I get up, we have to be optimistic. I’ve always looked at elections like New Year’s Day — when there’s an election and there’s a new person leading our country, it’s like the beginning of the new year. It’s new resolutions, new hope, new opportunity.”

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