I feel a deep sadness for the state of Texas. It's no longer a place of pride for me. After this past week's tragedy in Uvalde and the subsequent lame and predictable responses from our state politicians, I am further disheartened. I almost get caught in despair and anxious paralysis, but then I remember what Beto said when he was here in May, "The antidote to despair is action." He reminded us that there is no cavalry coming to rescue us - we must save ourselves. We have to do the work it will take in order to win in November.