Remarks to the Teton County Human Services Council

In 1954, Pearl Buck wrote that “The test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”

Three decades later, Hubert Humphrey observed that “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

These words ring true to me, for I believe in public health, in preventive medicine, in a community’s obligation to help those who struggle to take care of themselves. And while I may never have the platform of a Pearl Buck, nor the power of a Hubert Humphrey, when I did have the opportunity to turn that sentiment into action, I seized it.

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