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  • New Opportunities to Help Students, Workers and Job Creators
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs and the Economy

    What a difference an election can make. Across the country, there is renewed hope and confidence in the future. Expectations are high, as they should be. Now it’s time to do the hard work necessary to live up to those expectations. For eight years, families and small businesses have lived with the consequences of failed policies and failed leadership. They have endured job growth that is sluggish, wages that are largely flat, college costs that continue to rise and health care costs that are sti... Read more

  • Expensive and unsustainable, Obamacare must go
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on January 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    In recent years, citizens from North Carolina — including working families, small business owners, and education leaders — have expressed their frustrations and concerns with the 2010 health care law. Working with the new Trump administration, Congress is taking the steps necessary to repeal the failed law and provide a pathway to better, more affordable care. Former President Barack Obama promised Americans affordable care, more choices, and better competition. Instead, many are experiencing do... Read more

  • Time for new leadership and a new direction at the Labor Department
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    In the new year, a new secretary will take the helm of the Department of Labor. Working families and small business owners face tough challenges, and they desperately need a labor secretary who will put their interests — not special interests — first. Andy Puzder is just the man for the job. Puzder has real-world experience creating jobs, and he knows that American workers and business owners both need to thrive. He will provide a sharp break from the failed policies of the last eight years. Tim... Read more

  • Educational success is about more than just a degree
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    For far too long, there has been a discrepancy in what students are learning in the classroom and what employers say they need in the workplace. The passage of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014 was an important step for the millions of Americans who are looking for work and for the employers who have job opportunities that remain vacant due to the skills gap. However, great jobs are still going unfilled, Americans are still missing out on rewarding careers and many ... Read more

  • Women and the power of "anything is possible"
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    March is Women’s History Month, which honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States. Since 1917, when Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve in Congress, 313 women have served as U.S. Representatives, Senators or Delegates. Many Americans might assume that their congressional representatives come from exclusive and rarified backgrounds. Well, my story could hardly be less rarified. As a child, my... Read more

  • New VA Facility Will Improve Access to Care
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans

    America is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave. When you stop to think about it, it’s amazing that men and women choose to serve in our armed services, knowing full well that their sacrifice could be tremendous – and even require their life. But still they volunteer. They do so because America – her ideals, her people and her way of life – is worth defending. The entire nation owes our military personnel and veterans a huge debt of gratitude, and ensuring that debt is prope... Read more

  • Replace No Child Left Behind To Improve Education, Empower Parents
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on November 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    As a child, my family’s home didn’t have electricity or running water. My parents, while dedicated and hardworking, were poor with little formal education. Fortunately, I was pushed by the right people – teachers and administrators who wouldn’t let me settle for less than my best. In the mountains of North Carolina, I learned firsthand the power of education and its vital role in the success of individual Americans. Unfortunately, today’s K-12 education system is failing our students. Decades of... Read more

  • Time for health care solutions that lower costs and empower patients
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on July 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    For the past two years, my email inbox, mailbox and phone lines have been flooded with reports of cancelled health insurance plans, soaring premiums, increased deductibles and exasperated constituents trying to navigate the confusing Washington bureaucracy that is Obamacare. Members of Congress have to buy their health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges along with millions of other Americans, and I have experienced many of the same frustrations, including the nightmare of navigating a confusin... Read more

  • Honoring sacrifices for the cause of freedom
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans

    As a country, we are uniquely blessed. We live in a nation where each one of us has the opportunity for nearly limitless fulfillment and prosperity in the world’s finest democracy. That freedom and opportunity has been made available to us because of the sacrifices of those who have fought for and defended America. On this Memorial Day, we ought to remember in particular those who made the ultimate sacrifice and through that sacrifice blessed us with liberty and unparalleled possibilities. Unfor... Read more

  • Time to reduce federal footprint in classroom
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on May 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    The current K-12 education system is failing our students. Just 36 percent of eighth-grade students read at grade level and only 35 percent are proficient in math. Unfortunately, state and local attempts to improve student achievement have been hampered by an enormous federal footprint. Parents and education leaders have lost much of their decision-making authority to Washington bureaucrats, and the Secretary of Education has bullied states into adopting the Obama administration’s pet projects. ... Read more


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"The federal government needs to rein in spending and re-work the tax code...There needs to be real changes." - David, Kernersville


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"The number one issue that Congress should be working on is the economy, the smothering regulations and the mounting debt." - Jeff, Lewisville


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"We MUST continue to send a message...that [government] cannot pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they will adhere to." - Patricia, Taylorsville


"Our children deserve a world-class education that will equip them to compete in the global economy." - Lorrie, Kernersville


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