Two years ago this week, 4.5 million of America’s workers enjoyed a modest pay increase, as the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The increase was the final of a three-step boost enacted in 2007.
Hubert Humphrey once said “that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
It’s estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that a whopping 34 percent of the average farmer’s production cost comes from controlling agricultural pests. Thankfully, this state we’re in is one of eleven with a special laboratory dedicated to helping farmers and conservation land managers find ways to control pests without using prohibitively costly chemicals that sometimes persist and pollute our soil and water.
How to improve the evaluation of teachers has become a hot topic. For one thing, the U.S. Education Department’s Race to the Top competition, which has added billions to reform efforts, demands more selective and rigorous teacher assessment systems.
Reading fluency is the ability to read quickly, smoothly and correctly. Fluent readers recognize words instantly and do not need to sound out letters as they read. They are able to incorporate inflection and emotion when reading aloud.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office often works with local law enforcement agencies to address the safety concerns of the residents of Middlesex County.
Well, we’ve just experienced another “Glorious Fourth of July.” There were so many wonderful parades and the display of our “grand old flag” and the recognition of what the day commemorates. Sad to say, I noticed that here were no flags flying in front of residences in areas I passed when going to visit someone. Yes, I had one out and I hope that anyone who came my way saw it.
As a professional speaker, I’ve spent much of the past four years performing at colleges across the country. While the subject of my show is rare and interesting wildlife on all seven continents, I also address the effects of global warming.
On behalf of the 350,000 New Jersey individuals and families coping with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, I would like to thank Governor Chris Christie, who on June 22, 2011 signed legislation intended to help New Jersey address the long-term needs of its individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s by creating a 15-member Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission.
July 16 marks the 66th anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test explosion. The United States’ test, code-named “Trinity,” was exploded in the desert of New Mexico and ignited the nuclear age. The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9 were followed by some 2,050 nuclear tests worldwide, with over half (1030) conducted by the United States.