Trigg County Republican Party Chairman J.D. Howell welcomed Carr and a crowd of roughly 20 guests with barbecue sandwiches, chips and sodas.
“As you know, Mr. Carr changed parties and is in our fold now. He beat our candidate last time out, but he is very conservative, and had to get into the conservative party. This is the first of several events for us to meet and greet the people of Trigg County,” said Howell.
Carr said that he had co-sponsored and supported a number of legislative bills that brought funding and improvements to Trigg County. “I just got back from Frankfort where the Governor presented a check to Mayor Lyn Bailey for $426,000 for the Safe Schools program. That will put a light in front of the school and build some sidewalks to keep our children safe.”
Carr said that with the help of Bailey and Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar, he had estimated that he had supported legislature that had brought $18 million of aid, grants and improvements into Trigg County.
Chief among his legislative priorities is the continued improvement of Highway 68/80 as a main artery through Trigg County. “We’re going to keep working with Rep. Ed Whitfield and Senator Mitch McConnell to get the 68/80 project under way. The bridges need to be done to make the project complete. It’s going to happen. Safe roads are at the top of the list for Trigg County.”
Carr was optimistic about the future of Trigg County. “Cadiz is like a goldmine that is fixing to explode. There are nuggets to be found right now. This is going to be the tourism capitol of the south. We have Lake Barkley and the Lodge and I-24. A lot of businesses are looking at storefronts right now.”
Believing that conservative social views are shared throughout the county, Carr discussed several of his accomplishments and beliefs for future legislation. “I feel this represents the beliefs of my constituents in Trigg and Christian County. Our Christian heritage is being challenged in the country. Many are concerned that biblical standards are eroding away, step by step. Melvin Henley and I were the principal co-sponsors of a bill to protect the BC/AD standard of historical notation in the state.” He referred to the movement to re-describe the “Before Christ” era as “Before Common Era,” and “Anno Domini” as “Common Era” to remove the traditional Christian reference from historical notation.
Carr also felt that the belief of Intelligent Design, which holds that an external force guided the processes of biological development, should be offered as an alternative to traditional science classes which teach the theory of evolution. “I believe evolution should be taught as only a theory. Sometimes it is perceived as a fact but it is only a theory. As I learn more about science and history, I have found more evidence of intelligent design and creation. It’s equal to or even more than the evidence supporting evolution.”
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