I had expected at this time to write about things of Christmas past, but of course you must all know of the unbelievable fire on Newark Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Everyone kept saying it was on Route 27, but for the life of me I couldn’t place the location until it was mentioned that it was the building where Burry Biscuit had been located.
When leaders of political parties in New York state recently agreed to raise the tax rate on the wealthiest to help the middle class, a truly revolutionary concept was born — politicians putting the needs of the people ahead of their own personal ambitions.
Fresh off their paranoia-inspired “War on Christmas,” Right wing fanatics are waging a crusade against Girl Scouts of the USA, which builds courage, confidence, and character among girls to make the world a better place and was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950.
I live in Western Pennsylvania, just across the county line from where former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum grew up. My wife went to the same high school as Santorum.
The Port of New York and New Jersey, much like the nation and our region, has been severely impacted by the unstable economy but as we close out 2011, we are encouraged by positive economic indicators such as real GDP growth of 2.4 percent in the New York-New Jersey region in the third quarter as we continue to invest in job-creating projects that position our port for future growth.
War and mismanagement has left our nation deep in debt and our economy in shambles, but our treasury is far from empty. Inside the Washington Beltway or on Fox News or among con-artist conservatives and even Democratic defeatists, our country’s debt load was politically toxic in 2011.
The bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar company that received a federal loan guarantee, has made the front page because of charges of cronyism. But among the biggest risks to taxpayers, who underwrite federal loan guarantees, isn’t renewable energy. It is nuclear power.
Take a close look at your local police officers, the ones who patrol your neighborhoods and ensure the safety of your roadways. Chances are they look less and less like the benevolent keepers of the peace who patrolled Andy Griffith’s Mayberry and more like inflexible extensions of the military.
It’s that time of the year for making resolutions (or in my case what some would call a wish list). As President of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the following are my resolutions.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that nature inspires. The visual arts are perfectly attuned to capturing everything from a majestic blazing sunset to a delicate wildflower blossom. But nature has also inspired countless writers to paint pictures with words. The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail in Princeton is a great place to explore and enjoy poetry in the context of central Jersey’s natural beauty.