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Norm gives his perspective on issues that matter to western NC and the entire state.

A Living Wage

It's simple, really.  Anyone working forty hours a week ought to be able to support themselves and their family.  A national minimum wage makes that impossible.  So, Congress ought to raise the minimum wage ... now!

In the absence of the Federal government taking such a stand, I would push for our state to step up and do the right thing.  


Core Beliefs

I am an avid supporter of our environment.  We should end forever talk of off shore drilling and fracking ... we should clean up after ourselves and protect the community and world upon which we live.

My Views of Public Education and Opportunity Grants

The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools, which shall be maintained at least nine months in every year, and wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.  

On Charter Schools and School Choice - Where I Stand

I am not opposed to Charters and school choice, but I want a level playing field.

Connect NC Bonds--Vote YES!

The people of North Carolina have a chance to cast a strong vote for our future and that of our children by voting "YES" to Connect NC Bonds!

Slowing the effects of Alzheimers

There is a fair amount of research that medical marijuana and one of its primary chemical components, THC, may slow the development of Alzheimers.  Of course research also tells us that medical marijuana also can serve many other purposes, from helping glaucoma patients, stimulating appetite in chemo therapy patients, to reducing the strength, duration, and frequency of seizures for epileptics, for example.  

Federal law prohibits states from legalizing the sale of marijuana for any reason.  Never-the-less, many States have legalized its use and sale.  Sooner or later the courts will have to rule on the use of marijuana for medical treatments, and, yes, for recreational use as well.

I don't much care for the use of drugs for recreation (that includes alcohol.)  But I sure think it is time to revisit the use of marijuana for medical reasons.  I have been given the names of several pieces of literature in which marijuana use has been studied.  I even have discovered, as anyone can with a routine Google search, that even the very conservative Business Week has published a fairly extensive list of uses for medical marijuana.  Give it a read!

No Fracking Way!

I am vehemently opposed to fracking!


This candidate for State Senate believes that an American Republic works best when people on both sides of the aisle work together to find solutions.  Sometimes this can be messy ... sometimes it results in consensus building that can leave both sides feeling less than satisfied.  That said, both parties, both here in North Carolina and in Washington, D.C. seem to want to punish their opponents when they come into power. We should always remember that that is not in the best interest in the people we would purport to represent.  

Do your job representatives and represent your constituents and respect both the spirit and laws as stated in our constitutions.

Bossert for State Senate
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