I attend an endless amount of meetings. In my opinion and experience, some make a difference, and others, well, let’s just file them in the general information category.
The meeting schedule keeps me hopping around Wyoming with an occasional run out to D.C. for all things Wyoming or for a power co-op that has the lowest rates in the nation. (I had to add that last part — 5.6 cents is something to be proud of !) Most of the travels are done at my own expense because I think we should be careful about how we use the public dollar to address our responsibilities. Regardless I believe in-person meetings are priceless and I always try to make that happen in my responsibilities for a co-op and for a Senate seat.
One meeting caught my attention this week and it was right here at home — Faith and Blue.
This event was an opportunity to make a connection with our own Wyoming Highway Patrol. As part of the occasion four officers fielded a series of questions during a dinner program.
Hailie Merritt, wife of one of the troopers, gathered a few dozen of her closest friends and put this wonderful program together.
In a page one story of this edition of SVI, she explained,
“Faith and Blue is a nationwide initiative to build stronger, safer communities by bringing churches of all faiths and local law enforcement together to break barriers and unify communities.”
As I hear about the other programs related to Faith and Blue around the state, it appears we had the most well organized event and it helped to do as noted, “break barriers” as we had a chance to meet the troopers and have conversations with a follow-up question and answer period.
Often we only meet a trooper when we have been exceeding the posted speeds. But Saturday night they shared some of the more difficult calls they respond to and these indicants prove to be hard to forget. With that, I emphasize my appreciation for each and everyone of them for carrying the difficult load of public service at times like these.
Hailie and friends, good job. This was a productive and successful evening. We build that stronger, safer community in every context working with these officers.