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This website is to serve my campaign for 2018 - Bossert for State Senate.  Shown here is a photo with then candidate for Governor, Roy Cooper.  Today he is in the Governor's Mansion.  In 2016, I ran a campaign that didn't get me over the top ... but did get me a good start with over 37,500 votes.  I call that a good start.  Join me in this adventure as we work for a 2018 win.  

 

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Friday, September 22, 2017 6:09 PM

Giving our Public Schools Grades is an Act of the Ignorant!

I just read that five Buncombe County Schools have gotten "D's on their Report Card.  Grading schools is another slap in the face for professional educators from thee very people who should be supporting them.  

It is also a testament to the failure of our Republican controlled General Assembly to grasp what really goes on in our schools. My opponent, Senator Chuck Edwards made a point of congratulating Henderson County on their LEA's performance. Pretty hollow when he has no idea what a successful school looks like ... and that has nothing to do with a grade from a legislative body that continues to under fund our children.

Let me tell you what I know as a career educator. I know that some of the finest work going on in our public schools happens at our high poverty schools ... our most dedicated teachers ... our strongest school leaders labor tirelessly to help children grow, which seems of little importance to Chuck Edwards.


Sadly, our ill informed legislators, like Chuck Edwards, fail to connect the dots and provide per pupil economic support to our children. Legislators think, foolishly, that the only thing our teachers care about is pay. WRONG! They care about kids. They care about the ones who have no books at home. They care about the kids who need to take back packs filled with food home because there isn't enough food there. They care about kids who worry that they (or their mother or father) will be deported without warning. They worry about the economic challenges at home and keeping a roof over their head. They care about the terribly underfunded mental health support our schools desperately need.


Teachers at schools, whether they score an A or an F, are there because they believe that they can help children grow to be good citizens, because they have the temerity to believe that their loving words can help a child feel safe, welcome, and wanted when they walk in the building. Absent those three ... many children would be at school without hope.  


I am proud to say that I was an educator for 44 years. Our public schools have my unbridled support and, if elected, I will always put our kids first and take care of the professional educators and the para-professionals who care for the kids.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:43 AM

People Raised Their Hands - Hurricane Irma

     I am so proud that my wife, Shelley, did something to help with housing for Irma refugees.  When she heard that millions were trying to escape the potential damage from the storm, I worried ... Shelley acted.  She got the word out that she would be a clearing house for people willing to host storm refugees.

     Shelley developed an excel spreadsheet.  By the time the calls stopped she would have been able to help 80 people find a family to host them here in Transylvania County.

     At the end of the day ... only one family needed housing.  But we both were so touched by the hands that went up to volunteer.  In these discouraging times, it is so heartwarming to know that there are lots of good hearted people willing to extend themselves and take the risk of housing people about which they know almost nothing.  

     I am so glad that 22 years ago we decided to move to Transylvania County.  This is a good place to be ... beautiful surroundings and (most of all) filled with good hearted citizens.

     Thank you to Mayor Harris, the Chamber of Commerce, local hoteliers, and Sheriff Mahoney!  Special thanks to the people of the Sunset Inn. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Friday, September 1, 2017 2:12 PM

Heartless for the Hungry

Last night I got to hear the inspirational words of Wayne Goodwin, NCDP Chair. It was at the Governor's Western Residence.

On the way home,I saw a bear, but it was almost more to bear when I drove to the event.

I saw a bumper sticker that read, " If you're hungry tonight, it's your own damn fault."

Friends that is what we are up against. Give it your own name. But I call the the owner of that bumper sticker ... heartless. People are suffering. Over 700 people/families are homeless in Buncombe County. We need to reach out, not throw them in the streets.

Remember Scrooge ("Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" ) He changed his tune.  So should the fellow posting such a mean spirited bumper sicker.


Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:03 PM

NC Redistricting Hearings - SHAM(eful)

Last Tuesday night I attended the Re-districting hearing at Caldwell Community College. There was a good turnout at this gathering.

The General Assembly did its job well. They dragged their feet, ignored HB200 (non-partisan redistricting), failed to provide information on how (or what) data was used in making their districts, scheduled simultaneous hearings to be broadcast to each of seven sites, etc. Bottom line, the technology was bad, the information was not well disseminated, and the evening started at 4:00, when many people who had an interest would still be at work.

The technology was a problem, too. In our group we had no microphone, so when the noises from the faulty technology were blasting through our room, we couldn't hear some of our speakers.

As near as I can tell, the General Assembly, met in secret and devised districts with a paid hack that insure their continued dominance in our legislative bodies. So, whatever has changed ... has been modest at best. This meeting was a sham.


In this State 39% of the registered voters are Democrats. 30% are Republicans. AND 30% are unaffiliated. To his credit, Chuck McGrady (R) and the bi-partisan support of HB200, would fundamentally change the way re-districting is done. I don't care for all of its provisions, but its heart is in the right place. Ultimately it would stop protecting incumbency and could return the power to the people.


People, including myself, are sick of the acrimony between the Parties. HB200 could bring a new sense of bi-partisanship to governance and create elections that are actually competitive and therefore issues based.


Friday, August 18, 2017 5:06 PM

A Loving Wage is a Living Wage

Getting that first paycheck is a powerful moment in a person's life. I started working when I was 14. I worked at Jolly Rogers as a busboy. My goal was to earn enough to buy my first guitar. At about 95 cents per hour, I cleared an awful lot of tables, cleaned more than one potty, washed more than a floor or two. Missed my High School football games, too.

Finally, I had my Epiphone ... two pick-ups and a great case to go with it. I remember asking my mom if I could stop working after I got it. She smiled and told me that in our family, once you start, "You don't stop till you drop," On June 30th I didn't drop but I retired.

I was so proud to get my first paycheck and have never taken one for granted. I have flipped burgers, performed on stage, worked at a Psychiatric hospital, worked as a security guard. I worked as a desk clerk. I did anything honest I could to make ends meet ... as a teacher. I did that job for love.

Getting that first paycheck matters, For some people it represents a validation. Sadly, in our community, people work hard to get that paycheck, only to discover that it simply will not pay the bills. I am for a living wage - whether one works at McDonald's or a school or a hospital.

Anyone working a full time job ought to be able to take care of themselves and a small family!


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