Category: Opinion

Wearing Pink Isn’t Enough

As someone living with breast cancer, I’m grateful that so many people are trying to raise awareness about the disease, but simply wearing a pink ribbon—or toting a pink bag or using pink dental floss—isn’t going to save many lives.

Trudi’s Corner: Fashion Focus

How do I get started, when I see something that makes me so glad I’m not going in that direction? At this particular time, it’s in reference to an article in the paper about children’s fashions and parents falling in line with what’s being offered. It relates how parents, regardless of the financial situation, are going for high-priced designer clothes that I wouldn’t give house room to.

Writer’s Block: Stop Making Excuses for Our Kids

I couldn’t help but gasp when I saw the news clip this week about the arrest of a college student who charged twenty-five hundred dollars to at least six high school students in exchange for taking the SAT for them. Supposedly, this guy was a real pro at test taking. This must be true because he was attending Emory University, one of the most selective colleges in the country.

Helping Children Expand Their Vocabulary

One of the essential components of strong reading ability is a good vocabulary. A student should grow his or her vocabulary over time, but doing so requires regular reading and frequent study of new words. Students with limited vocabularies will struggle as teachers increasingly expect more independent reading — and school reading becomes more difficult.

Put The “Garden” Back In The Garden State

`Food deserts’ are a major issue for an estimated 340,000 New Jersey residents who live in areas where fresh produce and other healthy food choices are not easily available. Area residents are left to fast-food and convenience products loaded with fat, sodium and little nutritional value, which can lead to serious health issues including obesity.

Identity Ecosystem: Big Brother Logs On

As business transactions and social interactions migrate from the streets and stores to cyberspace, government and corporate officials are clamoring to exercise control over the internet, which has become the bastion of democracy, anonymity and populism. Facebook’s facial recognition technology, corporate opposition to Net Neutrality legislation, and data retention mandates by Congress are all efforts to put the internet under strict government and corporate control.

Fresh Air Fund Thanks Local Volunteers

This year, 137 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Northern New Jersey. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.