Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:05 AM
Norm's TV Campaign Kicks Off October 1, and you can help!
30% of our state legislators are members of the business community; only 1% are educators. Yet over half the state's budget supports public education, and many education policies are written every year.
Doesn't it make sense to send a knowledgeable educator to the legislature? If you agree, please help introduce Norm to voters by supporting our TV campaign through the "contribute link" on this site. Thank you so much!
Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 AM
[Thanks to Lee McMinn for this great letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times!]
"For a while now, I’ve been hearing Norm Bossert talk about what he wants to do when he’s elected senator representing NC Senate District 48 (Henderson, Transylvania, and the southern part of Buncombe counties).
"Norm wants to develop more sources and uses of alternative energy, to rebuild the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to strengthen environmental protections that have been decimated by the current administration, to repeal laws that prevent towns and communities from gaining information about fracking, to deal positively with Duke Power’s coal ash problem, and to repeal HB2, which has embarrassed our state on the national and international stages.
"Norm presents balanced solutions to these problems that will not burden us with unnecessary taxes or intrusive regulation. As an educator and principal in our public schools, Norm wants to restore pride in our education system and respect for our teachers.
"Norm’s opponent recently was anointed to finish an unexpired term and will only continue the extremely hurtful voting record of his predecessor on issues important to us. I believe that there is a better choice in this election. I encourage you to vote for Norm Bossert as senator from N.C. Senate District 48 on Nov. 8."
Lee McMinn, Brevard
Monday, September 5, 2016 8:55 PM
Norm at Whit's Custard Sept. 20 6-8PM
If you haven't had a chance to meet Norm yet, or even if you have, come on out to Whit's Custard, 614 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Sept. 20, 6:00 - 8:00 for some casual conversation, Q & A, and of course to get yourself a tasty treat!
Monday, August 22, 2016 9:11 PM
Norm to Hold Town Hall Wed, Aug. 31
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 AM
Article By Derek Lacey, Hendersonville Times-News Staff Writer
August 10, 2016 at 4:30 a.m.
Photo by John Moriarty
Norm Bossert addressed a full
house Monday, August 8, at MountainTrue, answering members’ questions on his views on
contentious environmental issues and his approach to state environmental policy. You can read the entire article by following the link, but here are a few of his primary points:
On the question of climate change: it exists, that humans contribute
to it, and it is frightening. “The world is changing and
the world that we are passing on to our children has to change for the better;
it can’t continue to go the way it is or we won’t have much of a world to turn
over to our children,” he said.
Bossert said 10 of the
world’s warmest years on record have come in the last 12, and that glaciers are
melting at an unprecedented rate. A rising sea level is threatening coastal
towns that are starting to see more dramatic flooding with storms.
On the state’s encouragement of alternative energy through tax credits.
"Right now, our legislature has sort of turned its back on providing tax
credits and tax opportunities, if you will, to businesses that want to improve
the use of alternative energy, and that should concern us all.” It’s a bottom-line issue,
he said — people need jobs, and the solar and wind power industries offer
Repealing laws limiting the public’s access to information about fracking and
other environmental concerns: Bossert said he’s concerned about
people's property rights and added that they have a right to protect property
from eminent domain for mining or fracking, and a right to know what goes into
their land. While saying that fracking
is not a major concern in Western North Carolina, he's bothered by laws that
make it illegal to publish the chemicals used in fracking. “That’s not kosher
to me; I don’t think that’s fair.” He said people have raised concerns about
health risks from fracking chemicals in groundwater.
He also cited a “perfect
example of protecting industry at the expense of people’s health and
Duke Energy and the coal ash problem: Members of the state
legislature have also “gone out of their way to protect Duke,” he said,
allowing the company to stretch out how long it takes to clean up coal ash
pits, to not line coal ash pits and to protect the company from liability. “We should all love Duke
Energy,” he said. “I’m upset about coal ash, but let’s face it, it is a
powerful company and that powerful company provides power to all of us, and we
need to help them do it in a way that’s safe and clean and will protect our
children and generations of us to come.”
On offshore drilling off North Carolina’s coast: “I’m absolutely opposed to
offshore drilling,” Bossert said. “I look at what happened in the gulf, that
terrible accident there. Some people think, ‘Well the gulf’s all cleaned up and
it’s tidy and everything’s been improved.’ There is scant little evidence that
that’s true. What they’ve done is they’ve made the beaches pretty.”
As clean as the beaches
might look, he said, there’s ample evidence that oil continues to bubble up to
There are three reasons
he’s against offshore drilling: the possibility of an accident, that he doesn’t
want the state to have to go to the “terrible expense” of cleaning up that kind
of accident, and that the state should instead be exploring other ways of
delivering energy to its people.
“I know that some people
feel we need to be energy independent in our country and not do business with
other nations, particularly Saudi Arabia” and other nations that “aren’t always
our best friends in the world, and that’s certainly true,” he said.
But, “we are capable of
being energy independent right now,” he said. “We are producing everything we
need to produce in the United States, but Exxon and Shell and all these other
companies” will sell to other countries if they can make more money.
On funds for the
state Department of
Environmental Quality: Bossert said the department has been “decimated,” and
that he would like to see some of the state’s $1 billion budget surplus go to
DEQ. “I believe that if we get
to work and do things to protect our environment now, our planet is not past
rescuing,” he said, but “if we wait for other people to do it, like China or
North Korea or South Korea or (the) Japanese or anybody else, if we wait for
them, we deny ourselves the opportunity to start here and set the model for the
rest of the world.”
Bossert’s comments were
well-received by Jackie Hovey of Brevard, who said he sounded informed on the
“I think he seems very
knowledgeable; I think he’s done a lot of research,” she said. As an educator,
she said she hopes he has a broad view of the local and state environment, and
she appreciates his passion for protecting it.