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Unemployed after having baby

Because my company offered no paid maternity leave, I quit when I had my son. I was unemployed for about 2 years and depended on savings and help from my family. It was really scary to think about what would happen if I didn't find a job once I was ...

Single Mom Struggles

I had a child young and have been a single mom the entire time. When my child was born I made the decision to complete a certificate program so I could get a job that would support my son and me. I completed a medical admin course and got a job as soon ...

My Tax Money doesn't qualify me

I have not received unemployment for almost 30 years. Now that I need it I don't qualify. I need to know why haven't we turn back the hands of time and made unemployment available with the conditions that used to exist? Before Reagan changed the conditions ...
—Sandra NC

I never thought I would be in this place

I was fired last July after I complained about the abusive treatment by a senior manager. He was out to get rid of senior employees because they were too expensive. So at age 50, I am unemployed for the first time in 23 years. I fought to get my unemployment ...


My husband lost his job and unemployment when the feds no longer allowed it. We Americans deserve to have what is coming to us. This will only help the economics of our country, when people can have enough money to live until they can find a job!!


I sympathize, but I don't have a personal story.


I lost my job at no fault of my own. Speaker boehner needs to sign the #RenewUI bill. We have nothing. Losing homes no food no gas to get to and from a job interview. We Americans need this life line. Please help #RenewUI today.

Please keep our kids safe!

My family spends lots of time at our NC parks. I hate that now I'm always worried about whether there are guns where we play.

Grateful my kids are old

It chills me to the bone to learn that in some jurisdictions people are allowed to freely carry guns - even to children's sporting events and public parks. The idea certainly gives me great pause when considering where to go for vacation and other leisure ...

I oppose guns in public places

I did not elect my state representatives to go and legalize guns at swimming pools, playgrounds and other common public places where children need to be safe. I call on the state legislature to repeal this law and keep our public gathering places gun-free.


When I was a senior in college, I lost a friend to gun violence. We were two months from graduation, and excited about the future. Gun violence took that away from her.

My dad owns a gun, but he supports common-sense restrictions on gun ownership, like ...



I am a mom of 3 boys, ages 3-17, and live in a relatively safe town. The increase in gun sales greatly concerns me. I participated in the Million March in 2000, and feel that we are moving in the opposite direction from what the participants of that march ...

Teens and Guns

In the fall of 1987, a very good male friend of mine was robbed, shot and killed by two teen-aged boys and left along the railroad track. At the time he was 34 years, a very pleasant young man who was the father to three children. The news of his killing ...

A place for guns

As I enjoy many of the parks and family friendly places in the Raleigh area, I absolutely do not want to see guns in any of these places. Imagining pushing my son on a swing and looking over to see someone with a gun who is not a police officer is a very ...


There is no intelligent reason to allow or encourage guns in the same area as children. I own a gymnastics school, and I prohibit weapons on my property.

Gun Sense is Not Nonsense!

As a Virginia resident, I have observed a marked increase in gun shots and gun violence in my area. As a disabled citizen, I find this atmosphere of heightened violence extremely disturbing! While we have a right to bear arms, we also have a right to ...

Too Many Deaths

My story should be the story of every wife, mother and grandmother. What has happened to our country? Is the NRA worth more than the lives of our family and friends? I must believe that it is NOT. There are far too many guns in the hands of irresponsible ...
—Sandra LNC


I am aghast that our NC legislators have decided to enable concealed weapons in public parks and playgrounds -- and outraged that they are stripping the rights of our local communities to make their own ordinances. What public good could possibly come ...

The Murder Of Ron Kirby

My husband was working at home on November 11, Veteran's Day 2013. When some person came thru the unlocked front door and shot him with a semiautomaitc gun and filled his body with multiple bullets. He was not only the love of my life but respected ...
—Anne Gray VA

Keep guns out of recreational spaces!

It is absurd that guns will be allowed throughout our state in parks, athletic fields, and buses, usurping local ordinances against them. We and our children should be able to relax and take public transportation, free of the fear of people bringing weapons ...
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