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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Sen. Moran says he opposes U.S. action in Syria

  • Senator Jerry Moran listened to legislative and policy concerns from company managers and employees at American Maplon Corporation Tuesday afternoon.
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  • Senator Jerry Moran listened to legislative and policy concerns from company managers and employees at American Maplon Corporation Tuesday afternoon.
    He shared his views on issues such as immigration, health care, education and the economy.
    Moran said he wants to make sure small town rural America thrives because of the lifestyle small towns have.
    “I want to make sure our children and grandchildren can live in a place we call home,” Moran said.
    He also said a lot of lawmakers in Washington, D.C., don’t understand how things are in small towns.
    “I tell people economic growth in small towns is  whether or not they have a grocery store. A lot of people in Washington don’t appreciate the difference that can have in the community,” Moran said.
    Moran said he believes education should be determined on a local level and not by the national government. He said too many schools are forced to focus on tested subjects and ignore others, such as vocational training, which he believes are important to preparing a person for life after school.
    Moran also said he opposes the United States using military force in Syria.
    “I don’t know who the enemy is, I don't know who our friends are if we have any, and I don't know that it’ll make a difference,” Moran said. “I don’t think it’s our responsibility to police the world.”
    Moran said he thinks Americans don’t understand Middle Eastern culture very well, and increasing understanding might help the country find better solutions to international problems.
    Moran said he thinks the United States would do well to produce more of its own energy. He also spoke to company administrators about the Affordable Care Act, saying he’s seen a lot of businesses around Kansas work to understand the act and avoid its negative consequences.
    “I get tired of people in Washington asking to get let off the hook because of unintended consequences,” Moran said. “Just because they didn’t intend for the act to do something doesn’t make it OK.”
    Moran ended his remarks by answering a question about immigration. He said the United States needs to change its immigration policy so others can have the opportunity to pursue the American dream.
    “People that want to come here legally should have a chance to do that,” Moran said. “I would never condone illegal behavior, but I understand those who cheat to get here.”
    Moran will return to Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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