People Not Politics



Get Updates from Bill

“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pink Collar Blue, A Story of Love and Politics for details
A politician finally gets it right.
a novella by Bill Haas


1. How I would use the 5% sales tax, about $40 million dollars:

  • More police on the streets with more pay, and de-escalation training – $10 million
  • Early childhood reading – $12 million
  • 8th grade initiative with business community to make sure they graduate with good skills – $5 million
  • Education, training, jobs, and conflict resolution for youth on the street with nothing better to do than shoot each other and mug people – $5 million
  • Other new initiatives like seniors and public service announcements (see below) – $4 million
  • Soccer stadium (if people vote for it) – $4 million

2. Independent Redistricting

3. Two-person police patrols

4. Public service announcements for those about to hurt themselves or others to come in from the cold and let us help them

5. No zero tax-abatements for development; 50% maximum with monies for schools

6. Office for elderly issues

7. Ombudspersons in nursing homes and extended care facilities

8. Monitored cameras on every downtown corner

“As long as I was here I thought I should try to swim fast.”
Michael Phelps after setting a world record in his first preliminary of the 2004 Olympic trials when asked by the media if he thought it was good to swim so hard so early in the competition.


“Success is the ability to go from defeat to defeat with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill


Leadership is action not position.
I know where I want to go, but I will go where God takes me.
Bill Haas


Emil Zatopec: He didn’t know he couldn’t win the Olympic Marathon he had never run before, so he just got out there and won it.


“You’re never too old to chase your dream.”
Diana Nyad after finally completing the Cuba to Florida swim after more than 30 years of trying.


“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Thoreau, Walden


“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Frequently attributed to Mahatma Gandhi


“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Albert Einstein


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Frequently attributed to Maya Angelou

"Don’t back down from a fight that you know is for something worth fighting for, even if you may not win it."
Muhammad Ali


“You’re never too old to chase your dream.”
Diana Nyad after finally completing the Cuba to Florida swim after more than 30 years of trying.


The poet Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "How sad that most people die with their song still inside them." I don't intend to die with my song for public service still inside me. And when in office, it will be my job to insure that your song doesn't either.
Bill Haas


Leadership is action, not position
Bill Haas and others 

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment. You own it. Never let it go

Ducunt volentum fata, nolentem trahunt." (Fate leads the willing, drags the unwilling.)

Faith is born of complete engagement in human conduct.
Bonhofer, Lutheran philosopher who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

One day you will have a fork in the road, and you're going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go [one] way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go [the other] way and you can do something - something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself . If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself . To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you have to make a decision. To be or to do. Legendary Air Force maverick, the late Col. John R. Boyd