Firefighters are essential to the safety and security of our local communities. We owe it to these men and women to provide them with better training and equipment so they can do their jobs more effectively and safely.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th and the courageous actions of our armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq remind us that friends of tyranny and enemies of freedom still exist.
We have a hope of succeeding if we learn from our past mistakes and pull together to make the hard choices.
We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.
Even top caliber hospitals cannot escape medical mistakes that sometimes result in irreparable damage to patients.
If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, it will mean learning from our mistakes, not denying them and not ignoring them.
It is of the utmost importance that our service members are adequately compensated for their duties, and that we offer them a quality of life that will enable them to continue to serve and to live comfortably.
Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.
The Constitution is a document that should only be amended with great caution.
The intelligence failures with respect to Iraq were massive and have damaged our credibility around the world.