April 24, 2018

Failing Our Future

by Rep. Ryan Guillen

There's an old saying that goes, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Considering that April is Child Safety Month, it was especially disheartening to read reports of a big failure: more children die from abuse in Texas than in any other state. This week, we're emphasizing the importance of being prepared for the sake of our children and our families. 

Preparing to Succeed
A more positive note is that Texas is improving; The number of deaths from abuse and neglect decreased by 22.5 percent last year. While there's still clearly more to be done, the improvement suggests that some of our efforts are working. Two successful efforts I'd like to highlight are the CPS reforms we passed last session to better protect our foster children, and the designation of April as Child Safety Month in recognition of our kids being our most precious resource. This designation began an effort to ensure that the children of this state grow up in a safe and supportive environment by promoting their protection and care through increased public awareness of ways to reduce accidental injury and death through the use of basic preventative measures and safety equipment. 

Tools For Success
This weekend, you've got an opportunity to prepare your family against harm through the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 30. Visit our website for more information on the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday.

Courage to Continue
As we talk of successes and failures, it reminds me of something Winston Churchill once said, "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." We can prepare all we want (and we should), but in the end, it's the courage to act that will make the difference.