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Opinion Editorials

April 21, 2014 Opinion Editorial

Balancing the needs of work and family can be tough. A job is necessary to provide for the needs of your household while families also require your time and attention. 

While there will never be a perfect formula for the work/life balance, one key lies in giving workers the flexibility to make the right choice for themselves, and their families.

March 28, 2014 Opinion Editorial

A functional job training system is critical to helping connect employers with people in our community who are looking for work. Unfortunately, the existing system is broken. According to a February report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 11 million Americans are currently looking for work, while millions of jobs available right now go unfulfilled because of the skill gaps.

February 25, 2014 Opinion Editorial
Last week I covered two town hall meet­ings hosted by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg during which he discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare" on residents in Michi­gan's 7th Congressional District.

February 25, 2014 Opinion Editorial

Graduating from high school greatly increases the chances of finding and keeping a job later in life. Unfortunately, current trends paint a bleak picture, as nearly 30 percent of students across Michigan fail to graduate and in Jackson County Public Schools the number is even higher.

February 11, 2014 Opinion Editorial

As the president's health care law unravels, more individuals and small businesses are coming forward with their experiences of how new health care rules and regulations are hurting them through increased premiums, the loss of health plans they like and uncertainty about how to plan for the future.

January 14, 2014 Opinion Editorial

Last week, the Department of Labor announced that 347,000 people dropped out of the workforce in December, making the Labor Force Participation Rate stand at a meager 63-percent– the lowest level since the Carter Administration.  While such statistics give us a general picture of large groups of people, for that one person without a job and struggling to make ends meet, the Labor report is more

January 8, 2014 Opinion Editorial

After months of wrangling, Congress is moving toward a resolution on the contentious farm bill that sets a broad range of agriculture policies.

December 18, 2013 Opinion Editorial

Each day I receive letters and emails from constituents who are being hurt by the President's health care law — and it's no wonder.

December 6, 2013 Opinion Editorial
"If you like your health plan, you can keep it" has been President Obama's promise to the American people for the last four years. But recently he attempted to apologize to those who are losing health insurance because of the law. While I'm glad the president is starting to see the truth, the American people need more than just apologies.