Mark's Weekly Update - 4-25-17
One of the major highlights of this week was the opportunity to join Western North Carolina Sheriffs and local law enforcement professionals for a roundtable discussion on the growing opioid problem in Western North Carolina.
Among the tragic facts behind the issue is that current studies show that an average of four North Carolinians die from a medication or drug overdose every day. Additionally, an April 2016 study notes that of the worst cities in America for opioid abuse, North Carolina contains 4 of the top 20 cities.
The opioid epidemic in our community is substantial, but I truly believe Western North Carolina has the best law enforcement officials in the country and we are committed to bringing the situation under control. Today’s meeting was a key step in the process.
I want to thank our Western NC law enforcement officers for their eager willingness to discuss the issue and for their steadfast leadership in our community. To read more, click here.
George Will: What the Freedom Caucus Stands For
Thank you, George Will, for taking a moment to write about the Freedom Caucus and what we stand for as a group. No matter what the cost, my priority will always be to serve my constituents first, whose voice I represent in Congress.
To read the full article, click here.
Visit to East Henderson High School Civics Class
As you might know by now, one of my favorite opportunities being back in Western North Carolina is visiting our schools. Special thanks to the East Henderson High School Civics Class for having me visit while I was home! As always, the students and teachers were incredible—we had a great discussion. The students also received their certificates for winning last year’s Christmas Ornament contest! Congratulations to them!
Also a huge thanks to the wonderful teachers and students of Happy Valley Elementary School for having me visit and speak! They were so attentive and asked fantastic questions. The parents and teachers of these young people have a lot to be proud of.
Visit to Western North Carolina
Western Carolina University was another great visit last week, and I had the opportunity to speak to the Political Science students. What a great discussion and solid group of young men and women--the students were very thoughtful and engaging. Thank you all for having me.
Live with WHKP
I really enjoyed the chance to speak to my friends at WHKP 1450 AM live in studio. Being with them is always a pleasure—they do a tremendous job and I appreciate their frequent willingness to have me on the show to give an update on what’s happening in DC and Congress and how it impacts people in Western NC.
First Responder’s Lunch
What an honor to join our Lenoir First Responders for a lunch while I was back home! These are some of Western North Carolina's finest--we have so much to be proud of in them.
Special thanks to Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons, NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, and our first response teams that do so much for our community every day.
Visit to Kellex Seating
Thanks to the great folks at Kellex Seating--a leading furniture manufacturer in Valdese, NC--for having me tour their facilities! The numbers represent the hours in quality jobs they are bringing back to the US per piece of furniture—they are doing an incredible job.
Discussion with Mission Health Executives in Asheville
I had a fantastic discussion this week with Dr. Ron Paulus, President and CEO of Mission Health in Asheville, and other senior leadership members. Thanks to them for having me there to discuss solutions to our healthcare system!
Visiting AB Tech Community College
I had the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the allied health science program at AB Tech Community College. The resources and opportunities available to students through these facilities are incredibly exciting to witness. I look forward to seeing them grow in the future. I’m grateful to the incredible staff there for the tour!
Interview with Mark Starling
Thanks to my friend, Mark Starling, for having me live in studio for an interview! We had a great discussion, as usual. Be sure to tune in to his show every week day morning 6AM-9AM on AM 570 WWNC radio.
Interview with WTZQ
The dedicated people at WTZQ were also kind enough to have me for a live interview in downtown Hendersonville at Jongo Java--one of the best coffee and smoothie places around. Thanks to them for having me! I always appreciate our lively discussions on happenings in Congress and WNC.
Interviewing with WTZQ at Jongo Java in Hendersonville