How gratifying to see Americans increasingly angry at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for using offensive full-body scans and frisks in its latest production of what security expert Bruce Schneier calls “security theater.”
President Obama once said withdrawal from Afghanistan would begin in July 2011 — maybe, conditions permitting. But then he backed off that date. Now NATO, echoing American officials, says security won’t be fully turned over to the Afghan government any earlier than the end of 2014 — again, maybe; the alliance has signed a long-term security agreement with the Afghan president.
What happens to a car company that makes crummy cars, a restaurant that serves lousy food, or an insurance company that poorly serves its policyholders? Unless they mend their ways, they lose customers and eventually go out of business. That’s how a free market works.
“Cut My Taxes!” Americans have heard this cry for years — and we’ve heard it shouted angrily in recent months. We hear that we pay too much in taxes, that government makes poor use of our money, and that our prosperity would rise if only taxes would fall.
Under the banner of creating a business friendly atmosphere, governments facing economic downturns are not only tempted to give away the farm, but also our forests, parks, and other open spaces to private interests.
Every fall in my Econ 101 course, during the last class period before we part for Thanksgiving, I share a lesson from early American history. It is particularly timely, because it deals with those we credit with the first American Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony.
As we enter the holiday season, we can’t help but notice all the shedding of blood in our state: shootings, murders, fights, robberies, etc. I suggest this is so frequent because many people have actually lost their respect for the gift of human life.
As the Superintendent of Schools in Clark, I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation to our 22nd Legislative District Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Jerry Green for their attendance and support of various school functions over the first two months of the school year here in District.
As the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pushes forward with its plan to place full-body scanners in all American airports, experts in the scientific community are raising serious concerns that the full-body scanners are not medically safe for the millions of people that will be exposed to them each year.
A very sincere thank you to the voters of Middlesex County who re-elected me as County Clerk. I pledge to continue my efforts to provide the most current, accurate and extensive record system in the state. My office will remain user-friendly and be “there for all of you.”