As lawmakers, we must assure the people of America that our nation will not experience the nightmare of the 2000 presidential election.
I try hard to convince them it's important - but there's a history of discomfort with minorities voting in some parts of this country, so most especially the older people have to get accustomed to it.
We can't go all over the world killing people because we disagree with them.
All issues are women's issues - and there are several that are just women's business.
Generally speaking, historically in this country, the care of a child has been thought of as female business.
Well, I happen to believe all business is female business.
Dallas was a Black and White society at that time; it didn't have the diversity it has now.
This was the first time a woman in Dallas had won public office of any kind - even women questioned whether or not I was qualified, whether or not I could take it.
I came up in a family oriented towards the sick, so I always felt an obligation for doing something.
Our first phase was inviting all the women Ambassadors who were here from other countries and trying to get in touch with all the peace centers around the country in order to focus on increasing the volume and activity toward peace.
I said we needed to organize women around the world to push peace.
Our second phase was to develop a school curriculum that teaches tolerance, respect for differences, conflict resolution, anger management, and other attributes of peace.
Within a month I announced I was going to start this initiative: A World of Women for World Peace.
During the election, I had three male opponents and we went into a runoff. The front runner for the men was a native of Dallas who had run at large before, but I had a higher profile than him from my community service.
The health effects of air pollution imperil human lives. This fact is well-documented.