On April 1st, the Kansas Free Press (KFP) celebrated its 6-month anniversary. With gratitude for the Kansans who nobly commit their time and talents to citizen journalism, we are celebrating our recent half-year anniversary by proudly showcasing each of our own KFP writers.
SHAWNEE, Kan. - In this profile, we are honored to introduce KFP correspondent, Milack Talia. He is an attorney, businessman and public servant living in Shawnee, in eastern Kansas. Milack serves as business manager of an advertising firm and as the Kansas State Representative for the 23rd District. He graduated from KU in 2003 with his law degree and in 2000 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Milack is proud also that during high school he became an Eagle Scout. He explains that each chapter of his life has provided opportunities for triumph in the face of struggle.
He told us,
"Through these struggles, I worked towards my goals, fought for what I believe in, and never lost hope throughout the darkest times. Every achievement contributes to my knowledge and every experience gives me new insights into life.
"The day I received my cancer diagnosis was my darkest moment, but it became my finest hour. My doctors couldn't explain why or how it happened, so I turned to God. Though He did not answer, blessings He provided became evident. The cancer had not yet spread to every part of my body. Family and friends loved me and stayed with me through my treatment and recovery. Doctors and nurses gave me the best treatment and care."
Milack is driven to help others now. He explains that now that his cancer is cured, he hopes to use his education and experience to provide for his family and help others in need. As he looks back over that experience, Milack identifies with words written by Aeschylus, a Greek poet, who elegantly described similar triumph:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget,
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
Milack says that God gave him wisdom to realize the blessings he has received. At the same time, he became even more aware of the hardships and misfortunes that many others still endure. Knowing of the ongoing struggles for those less fortunate, Milack is now more determined than ever to serve the public and offer his time and talents to helping others. He is dedicated to:
- Fighting to ensure that all Kansans have access to affordable health insurance;
- Creating the best quality public school and college education system, statewide;
- Establishing public policies that help all Kansans attain their American Dreams; and,
- Placing his highest priority on promoting the common good.
Milack also saves time for fun. He enjoys camping, football, biking and astronomy.
He enjoys reading. Some of his favorite books are On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill, Two Treatises on Government, by John Locke, 1984, by George Orwell, God's Politics, by Jim Wallis, and The Social Contract, by Jean Jacques Rousseau.
We are very honored indeed that Milack Talia is writing with us at the Kansas Free Press!
To learn more about any KFP writers, we encourage you to browse our directory of citizen journalists.
Do you want to write here as a citizen journalist? Anyone wishing to write with us here can inquire with our publisher directly. We are always looking for Kansans who want to write about Kansas! Let us know!