Mother Nature can be a capricious mistress. In recent years, we’ve seen an unexplained devastation of bat and bee populations. We’ve also witnessed the successful return of the eastern bluebird after years of decline due to competition from non-native birds.
Lady Gaga knows how to fill seats, sell albums and incite a frenzied devotion among her followers, whom she affectionately refers to as “Little Monsters.” The emphasis is on the “little.”
A lot of reports tell about the “Race to the Top” and the $400 million lost to NJ, but said little about the details to their readers and listeners.
Republicans think an extension of the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year, makes for good politics.
With unemployment around 10 percent and economists predicting that at some lost jobs will never return, Americans ought to increase Social Security benefits, lower the age of retirement and cut taxes on the first $20,000 of income.
The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive “educationally sound” option.
Environmental problems often result from millions of small decisions. It’s no surprise, then, that the inverse may be true: many small, positive actions can add up to a healthier environment. As kids head back to school, the transition into a new daily routine is a great time to go greener!
“Doing more with less” is a recurring theme these days for families and businesses. It’s also true for New Jersey’s state colleges and universities. Step one is figuring out what you’re spending in the first place. In the case of the state colleges, their workers compensation costs are a surprisingly large expense.
As the surveillance state expands around us, entangling us in a web from which there is no escape, what we used to call “privacy” is fast becoming a thing of the past.
If a YMCA or a YMHA were planned for 51 Park Place in Lower Manhattan, two blocks from the Twin Towers’ former site, who would have noticed?