Friday, December 14, 2012

Dead children


My son is in the second grade. I am heartbroken that I have to talk to my son about dead children again. What can we say? No words can convey what I'm feeling. Disgust. Anger.Terror. Why?

Every parent wants the best for the children. We want them to be safe. I cannot imagine what those parents are going through.

My son is almost 8.  I cannot believe that Ethan is in second grade. It seem like yesterday that he was a toddler full of wonder.

Now, there realities of life are intruding in our life. Dying kids. Shooters. Evil people. Pedophiles.Child abuse. It is inconceivable that the world is such a hellacious place.  I know that evil is everywhere, and, at 51, I know that evil is not a new concept. But, it seems that there are more evils now. 

Maybe because I am a parent now.

Ethan.  I am so lucky! Ethan is a great kid. Funny, joyous, active, creative, irreverent, and caring.

Tonight, when we are getting Ethan ready for bed, we will hold him even closer than normal.  Those parents who will wake up tomorrow knowing that their child is gone is horrible for me to consider.

The shooter should have a special place in hell. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.


"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!" Mark Twain

On March 17, 2012, there was a benefit for me, and I heard over 500 people attended. I was there, and I was astonished that so many people cared about me. Very humbling.

My stroke was 11 months ago, and now I am beginning to work again. I will be taking it slow! The doctors have been dumbfounded that I am doing so well, but I should not push it. I can drive again. I am writing. I am reading. I sought reelection for the College of Western Idaho Board, and I won! My family is doing great! So, I'm happy.

At my benefit on March 17th, one of my friends said "most people do not enjoy their own funeral!" I am taking the advice to heart, and I am living proof that second chances are real.

I just cannot imagine that my "press" is real. I am a just "me." I am very irreverent and I laugh a lot! 

One of the first things I wanted to do, was to return to my legislative activity. I am very grateful that I will be joining a firm that I have so much respect for.  

This was the announcement about me:

"Risch Pisca is pleased to announce that Mark Dunham is joining the firm as a legislative consultant. Mr. Dunham has had a very long and distinguished career in Idaho Policy and Politics with a very heavy emphasis on tax policy, construction, real estate and education. Mr. Dunham is the former CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Idaho, former CEO of the Idaho Association of REALTORS, former vice-president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, and former governmental affairs liaison for Boise State University. Mr. Dunham currently is a trustee elected to the Board of Trustees for the College of Western Idaho."

I did not think that the media would care!

The Spokesman Review

Eye on Boise


Dunham joins Risch Pisca

The Boise law and lobbying firm Risch Pisca has announced that Mark Dunham, former CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Idaho, is joining the firm as a legislative consultant. “Mr. Dunham has had a very long and distinguished career in Idaho Policy and Politics with a very heavy emphasis on tax policy, construction, real estate and education,” partner Jeremy Pisca said in the firm's announcement. Dunham is an elected trustee of the College of Western Idaho; and served for 18 years as the CEO of the Idaho Association of Realtors. He left his position with the contractors in June to focus on his recovery after he suffered a stroke in January.


The Idaho Business  Review

Dunham joins Risch Pisca

by Brad Iverson-Long
Published: December 11,2012 

Mark Dunham, the former executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Idaho, is joining Risch Pisca, a Boise law and lobbying firm, as a legislative consultant. Dunham left his post with the AGC after suffering a stroke in January.

Jeremy Pisca, a partner at the firm, said Dunham will assist him on education and transportation policy issues, including his proposed Transportation and Economic Development Zone plan.
“Mark’s got quite a background in transportation issues, so it seems logical that he’ll be helping me with that,” Pisca said.

Dunham also serves on the College of Western Idaho’s board of trustees. He is the former vice-president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and also served as governmental affairs liaison for Boise State University. Before that, he served as the CEO of the Idaho Association of Realtors for 19 years.

Dunham resigned from the AGC in June. He’s been replaced by Wayne Hammon, the former budget director for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. On a blog he continues to update, Dunham wrote that he suffered a tear in his carotid artery on Jan. 10 before suffering a massive stroke three days later while in the intensive care unit.

Read more: http://idahobusinessreview.com/2012/12/11/dunham-joins-risch-pisca/#ixzz2EsbCeJdf



The Idaho Statesman

Dunham takes job as Idaho legislative consultant

By Bill Roberts 

Mark Dunham, former CEO of the Associated General Contractors who suffered a stroke in January, has become a legislative consultant at Risch Pisca, a Boise law and policy firm. Dunham is a member of the College of Western Idaho Board of Trustees and has had a long career in Idaho policy and politics, with an emphasis on tax policy, construction, real estate and education.