My core philosophy is balance. Too often nowadays we find our country split by people with unwavering opinions as well as bandwagon hoppers, both limiting themselves to solutions. Without a balance of being skeptical and open minded there is no reason to even have a good argument. Complacency in ones opinions allows for core values to be manipulated. Too much cynicism leads to brilliant ideas taking a backseat to mantra and bumper sticker tactics. Skepticism and open-mindedness are critical tools used to evaluate information that can be used to prepare a plan of action ensuring the success of the most beneficial value. I believe that it is our duty as true patriots to question the people and institutions in power; as well as hold our own ideas up to critique. It is critical to the success of KPFT, Pacifica Radio, and the nation to hold to our core values while assimilating diverse opinions so that as a people we can start moving in a direction again. As it may be difficult to work with others who have viewpoints that challenge your own; it is critical to remember that the right thing to do is rarely the easiest. I run for this position ready to listen. I run for this position because I know there are more voices that need to be heard.
I am a new Houston resident. I was born in Las Vegas Nevada and moved fourteen times with my family. Eventually flying the coop I went to community college in Kansas where I majored in psychology and got my associates degree. After moving so many times from red state to red state I began getting tired of hearing the same thoughts and viewpoints repeated as mantras to enforce weak ideals. Eventually I moved to Houston where, as I drudged through my daily work routine I would scan through radio stations listening aimlessly; just daring something to resuscitate my flat-lining brain. I stumbled onto 90.1 as the Ferguson riots erupted. The coverage and viewpoints were enticing as well as in depth. KPFT was exactly what I needed to hear; raw uncontaminated voices uninfluenced by corporate money and so able to speak with no fear of repercussion. As these strong, opinionated voices resonated with my now very aware ears I came to realize that these people also represented the quiet unspoken viewpoints usually drowned out by the noise of jingles and mantras on all the other talk radio stations. I have read and fallen in love with KPFT’s mission statement. To be a voice for the unheard voices of Houston uninhibited by the distraction of dangled money. I have heard that KPFT has fallen on hard times. This only solidifies my resolve to aid this station. I promise that even if I am not elected to the board I will be volunteering and helping in any way that I can.