Senate District 30
Frank Hoagland
Individual Efforts for the Greater Good of the Team
A Guest Column by State Senator Frank Hoagland
March 27, 2020

I like many others have endured the cost of our actions. We live in a world of pro-active planning while enduring a re-active situation.

There is nothing more difficult than making life and death decisions under extreme and stressful times, which is what our state and national leaders are doing at this moment in time. 

When I was younger serving this country in the military, I survived the consequences of decisions being made around me because of my physical ability and mental aptitude. As I grew both physically and mentally stronger I have come to realize the importance of my mental capacity. The importance of learning from life lessons is critical towards being successful in the future.

The ability to find solutions to complex problems requires both art and science. Every solution is validated by a number, yet the application of this number is applied through art. When multiple people are involved with the solution this requires alignment of mission focus. In parallel, we must apply individual efforts. This means our individual goals must parallel the team's goals.

Team, Teammates, Self! 

We as a nation, a state, a community are on the same team. We as neighbors, friends, families, colleagues are teammates. How we approach this time as 'self,' with humility and respect for others, will have the most impact on our teammates and our team. 

Becoming part of the solution is easy, all you have to do is show up (or rather stay home) with the right attitude and a willingness to do the right thing.

Don’t become the first obstacle. It only puts a drag on finding a good solution.

Listen, Look, Learn.

The importance of trusting is very delicate. Yet with life experience we can individually validate our actions and be a part of the solution.

As we walk through this time, apart but together, it is important to stay focused on what the goal is. The goal is getting our team back to full strength, back to the daily grind we often take for granted. 

If you are struggling and need help, our state is doing its very best to provide resources for you and your family.

As always, if I can be of assistance to you during this time please contact my office at or call (614) 466-6508. Be well, you are not alone, we are in this together!
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