Have I told you, I normally pick up articles from the newspaper to write about? I pay attention to news reports and T.V. and also ads that come in the mail. Can I tell you, I’m so loaded with come-ons from definite ones, that I call them personally or by return mail, especially, when begging for funds with those addressed to my deceased husband?
An alarming number of young people in our communities are intentionally abusing prescription medicines to get high. Prescription Drug Abuse affects the abuser, their families, their neighbors and their community. It affects all of us. This public health problem is not going away.
Fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the title “veteran.” And while the great military phrase “uncommon valor was a common virtue,” has been so often repeated that it risks becoming a cliché, it is no less true. We must ask ourselves as a nation, are we serving veterans even half as well as they have served us?
“Just existing became what was important,” says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz of Pittsburgh, captive of the “hell-hole” that was Nuremberg Prison Camp. “Yet even as I struggled with the day-to-day sadness and despair, I never once had any regrets that I signed up to serve.”
As we mark another Veterans Day, I have these thoughts. First and foremost, we should think of our men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of our civilian population never think of their well-being, and don’t care that they are in harm’s way, at least those who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The ongoing recession, continuously high unemployment, home foreclosures, congressional intransigence, and the circus of electoral politics are symptoms of a disease so widespread as to have rendered the government altogether incapable of carrying out its mandate, which is to protect the rights of its citizens, individually and collectively.
When the word “transportation” is mentioned, New Jersey residents for the most part think of cars and trucks or trains and buses and their daily commute. I have spent most of my adult life as a business owner, with locations in the Garden State. That experience has given me the perspective of a motorist.
Lobbyists are storming Capitol Hill, pushing a tax holiday that would give billions of dollars in tax breaks to less than 1 percent of American businesses – and stick the other 99 percent with the bill. But of course, they can’t say that. So tax holiday advocates are using a high-powered version of the email con known as the “Nigerian scam.”
Just when you started to think it might be safe to fly again… Remember those whole-body, X-ray scanners the government installed in airports across the country and kept insisting were so safe?
In August Hurricane Irene brought dramatic flooding to Vermont, dumping 11 inches of rain in 24 hours. Floodwaters washed away roads, homes, bridges, businesses, and the state’s emergency operations center, leaving a dozen mountain towns cut off from the outside world.