`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.
I am quite put off by the number of candidates who have yet to respond to the AARP Voters’ Guide questionnaire. A phone-in conference hosted by AARP on Monday garnered almost 20,000 AARP members who wanted to learn about important issues such as property taxes, long-term care, health care and affordable utilities.
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.
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.
Disciplinary oversight of New Jersey’s 70,000 attorneys is governed by a multi-tiered system. The New Jersey Supreme Court is the final arbiter of attorney discipline. Through the Rules of Professional Conduct and decisional law, the Court has established the highest standards for the members of the bar.
An amazing piece of New Jersey’s colonial history was just saved by an agreement between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Mercer County. The Petty’s Run archeological site at the State House in Trenton will not be reburied, as was proposed, and will instead be interpreted for the public.
Unbelievable how time flies, as is said, when you’re having fun. I attended a church picnic on Saturday the 17th, and fortunately the weather was great. My only regret is the fact that so many friends were missing.
As hundreds of New Jersey’s emergency managers gather in New Brunswick at the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Annual Conference this week, it is the opportunity for New Jersey’s local communities to take stock of what lessons were learned during Hurricane Irene.
Enough! Texas is burning. Our best croplands in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri have been underwater since June. Hurricane Irene has devastated Northeast communities. People along the Mississippi, in Tuscaloosa, and Joplin are still recovering from Biblical floods and killer tornadoes.
As technology grows more sophisticated and the American government and its corporate allies further refine their methods of keeping tabs on citizens, those of us who treasure privacy increasingly find ourselves engaged in a struggle to maintain our freedoms in the midst of the modern surveillance state.