I'm a mother, a step-mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. My family is the most important part of my life. You can see it's quite a group -- you wouldn't want my Christmas shopping list! All my kids -- from those in their 50s to the newest babies -- have taught me the importance of treating children with love and kindness. We must feed them well, protect their health, and give them an education that will enable them to succeed as adults.
Since the picture shown above was taken five years ago four very special little people have been added to my family.
My great grandchildren: shown on the left is the family of my oldest grandson and on the right the newest member of my family, son of my second grandson and his wife.
Children are our future! I care a great deal about the future of these babies. They may live 100 years or more. In my grandparents' lifetimes people invented cars and planes, radio and television, the polio vaccine and heart transplants. In my lifetime the technology revolution has changed almost everything. The six ounce phone in my hand gives me access to all the information in the world. What will the next 100 years bring? Whatever it is we need prepare all North Carolina's children to succeed.
Today many North Carolina parents need our state's help to provide for their children. In the past ten years the Tea Party General Assembly has taken much from the families who can least afford it. They have rejected federal food assistance and denied many working families financial assistance with childcare, and hurt kids in other ways. They have denied Expanded Medicaid for low-wage workers and refused to increase the minimum wage. We all know how they have hurt our school children by cutting school funding, lowering the quality of education provided in North Carolina.
When the North Carolina Senate votes to cut programs for families they are harming our children's future. They cause many of kids to live in poverty and push some of them into breaking the law. Our kids deserve better! Our society owes all of them a better start in life,
a future that is healthy and successful.
If you agree with me about that, please vote for me to represent Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties in the North Carolina senate. I'll work for better futures for our children every day.