Marty on the Issues
Yes, I feel competition is a good thing. Competition improves quality, efficiency, inspires innovation, gives people a choice, and drives down costs.
I feel the mask mandate served its purpose at the time. While I’m not a proponent of mandates, I believe individuals are capable of making their own decisions on wearing a mask. I do respect private business decisions on requiring masks in their establishments. Remember, the original purpose of the mask mandate was to ensure that our healthcare institutions were not overwhelmed. That’s why in March 2021, I presented the resolution before the council to eliminate the mask mandate in St. Joseph which was passed. I stand by that.
Do you support policies that would permit males and females to share the same public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers, based on their self-identified gender instead of their natural born gender?
I believe voting is a sacred privilege and must be protected. I fully agree the Missouri Voter ID Requirement Amendment passed in 2016 requiring the presentation of voter IDs at public elections in order to prove national and state citizenship.
If faced with a budget deficit, would you support or oppose cutting spending rather than increasing taxes?
I believe we must be fiscally responsible with the $167 million annual budget. As with my personal budget, I believe we need to make sure we’re getting the most bang from every buck. If we don’t have it, we can’t spend it. Looking at all options and sources of alternative revenues as well as operational efficiencies, reduced spending, and austerity must be exhausted before ever looking at raising taxes.
A one-time gift of $1 million could be put to great use on a concerted effort on helping eliminate derelict buildings and blight. Using $250,000 a year, for four years could go a long way. It could be used for increased property maintenance and code enforcement and increased demolition of derelict, abandoned, and condemned buildings and properties.
I believe in Equality, in which every individual is given the same opportunities to excel, prosper and grow.
St. Joseph is a community where people care about each other. We have many organizations that exist specifically to help those in need. St. Joseph is easy to get around and navigate. St. Joseph has a rich history spanning all the way back to the Pony Express and Jesse James. Multiple St. Joseph Museums help keep this history alive. Saint Joseph has a fantastic Arts community, tremendous architecture. St. Joseph has all the retail shopping, entertainment – concerts, festivals – and amenities of a Kansas City but without the hassle.
Merrick Garland stated that the greatest threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violence, “specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race”. Do you agree or disagree?
The text penned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence states my belief, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Are there circumstances where the city council can restrict the church from assembling? If so, under which circumstances?
I’m aware of no circumstances that the council could restrict free assembly of churches, nor would I ever support the City of St. Joseph restricting churches from gathering.