11-19-2020 Letters and Commentary

Find new hope

I sometimes lose my keys. Maybe “lose” is the wrong term – I actually misplace them. I put them down somewhere and forget the location. They seem lost, but they are just misplaced. The feeling is the same, and sometimes they stay “lost’ for a while. But when I find them it’s, “Oh yeah, that’s where I put them”, and I go on.

We can lose hope that way too. We actually haven’t “lost” it. It’s been misplaced. Misplaced hope, while sometimes not easy to find, can be rediscovered in new places. We have to understand ourselves to understand where this misplacement actually happened. Have we placed our hopes on our financial stability? Are we relying on government authorities to solve our problems, and keep us secure and happy? And how about that word “happy”? Does “happy” depend on specific entertainment, socializing in specific contexts, or working specific ways, or schooling specific ways? When we place our hopes in these things alone for our happiness, our hope is too easily eroded when any of these are lost, changed, or removed – even temporarily.

We need to place our hope in new things by new understanding that goes beyond the “old” things.

One of the “silver linings” of the COVID-19 challenge, is the newly revealed need to find new hope. Questions like, “What are other ways to do this?” “Where must our priorities change in this or that particular area of life?” “How would XXX approach this?” where XXX is someone respected from our past. And in all of it remembering that our true hope resides outside of ourselves, in a God who loves us and is intimately familiar with all of our struggles. Readings in Psalms in the Bible could help in this hope crisis. Don’t have a Bible? Maybe it’s time to get one. Find new hope, asking the Author of hope for help along the way.

Delivering on promises

While it may have been lost in the tsunami of political noise we all heard over the last several months, one of the major issues I won my re-election on was expanding access to childcare services. Given the governor’s most recent shutdown, this service is desperately needed now more than ever. As schools are closed, and there has yet to be a stimulus agreement reached in Washington, I’m getting this issue across the finish line because parents shouldn’t have to choose between caring for their child and their career. Studies have shown that working moms are disproportionally impacted and are more likely to make career sacrifices for their children. I said I would stand up for working families, and I’m doing that right out of the gate. On the last legislative session, my bills passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee and advanced to the full House for consideration. Knowing how important and pressing this issue is, my colleagues are set to pass this legislation on our next session day.

There is so much more work we have to do in Lansing to make life better for the people we serve. COVID cases are spiking, children are losing precious time in the classroom, and small business owners continue to crumble. When passed, my legislation will be another package of bills that passes with bipartisan support. The election is over, and it’s time politics is set aside so we can govern on behalf of the people we serve. We’ve proven when we actually talk to one another we deliver for the people of our state. My line is always open, and I stand ready to work with anybody who is serious about delivering for our state.

If I can ever be of assistance to you, you can reach me via email at PaulineWendzel@house.mi.gov or by phone at 517-373-1403. You can also visit my website at www.RepWendzel.com.

We must remain vigilant in fight against COVID-19, whether we get it or don’t get it

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