As 2006 comes to a close and we approach a new year, I have prepared some New Year’s Resolutions to guide me through 2007:
Â· Spend more time with my grandchildren, William Etheridge Otto and Virginia Parker Etheridge. It’s amazing how quickly they are growing!
Â· Clean out the corruption that has plagued Washington by passing tough new ethics laws in Congress.
Â· Write a new farm bill that will ensure prosperity for North Carolina’s farmers and our state’s economy.
Â· Help more students afford a college education by cutting the interest rate on subsidized student loans in half. Access to higher education is the key to the American dream.
Â· Keep our families and communities safe by implementing all of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
Â· Raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage has not been raised in a decade, and working families are struggling.
Â· Find more time for physical activity.
Â· And finally, I hope to have more grandchildren in our family!