Americans have seen their freedoms decline on almost every front over the past decade. We have been spied on by surveillance cameras, eavesdropped on by government agents, had our belongings searched, our phones tapped, our mail opened, our email monitored, our opinions questioned, our purchases scrutinized (under the USA Patriot Act, banks are required to analyze your transactions for any patterns that raise suspicion and to see if you are connected to any objectionable people), and our activities watched.
During the recession that officially began in 2007, New Jersey fared better than the rest of the nation, but as other states begin to recover, the Garden State is falling behind.
We’re being lied to about the purported Iranian nuclear threat, and the war party knows it.
Recently, there was an article in the Star-Ledger about the Bamberger Thanksgiving Day Parade. That I do remember, having gone with my children to see it. It has been a long time since I thought of it, and some good memories. Over the years, I had really expected to be able to attend the one in New York, but sadly it never happened.
“I never met a man I didn’t like,” Will Rogers is reputed to have said. That maxim might represent a healthy outlook on life, but should likeability be a priority as we consider for whom we will vote?
The question that ought to be on every American’s mind right now is: Why are crimes valued in billions being ‘punished’ with settlements or fines worth only millions?
Three years ago, North Stamford, Connecticut residents learned that their drinking water contained high levels of two long-banned, cancer-causing pesticides. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigators found toxic chlordane and dieldrin leaching from a former industrial dump – now a public park.
Officials recently released 244 pages’ worth of regulations governing the health-insurance exchanges established by the federal health reform law.
America’s so-called war on terror, which it has relentlessly pursued for the past ten years, has forever altered the political and legal landscape of our country. It has chipped away at our freedoms and is unraveling our Constitution. Even now, with Osama bin Laden having been killed and Al-Qaeda dismantled by a series of high-profile assassinations, the war hawks continue to rattle their sabers.
The holiday season is upon us and for most people that means enjoying a festive dinner with family and friends. However, for more than one million New Jersey residents living in food insecure households, the holidays are a stark reminder of how hard it can be to put food on the kitchen table each day.