The most important component of our society is the family. Our country, our state and our community can only be strong, productive and resilient if our families are intact. John Adams in 1778 said, "The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families."
It is critical that we have parents who are involved in the lives of their children; protecting them, teaching them and providing for them. We must have families where the parents are setting an example of honesty, industry and love for their fellow men for their children to follow. The financial burden brought on by dysfunctional families to school systems, communities and our state is staggering. We have to ensure that the laws in Wyoming support family needs. A parent's ability to provide for and protect one's family is greatly challenged if there is an inability to be gainfully employed or are forced to travel to another state to work. We have to have a business climate in Wyoming that attracts companies, which, in return, provides the jobs to sustain our families.
Our laws have to be clear, aggressive and strict as we fulfill our obligation to protect the innocent from all abuses including physical, emotional and sexual and from the addictions of drugs and alcohol.