After reading the letter by Helen Philpot in the August 28-September 3, 2009 issue of The Atom Tabloid titled “I really mean it”, I feel strongly compelled to respond.
In the race to save New Jersey’s remaining open and natural lands, it’s easy to forget that this state we’re in already has an abundance of amazing public lands that belong to us all.
As a senior citizen living on a fixed income, the past eight years of McGreevey and Corzine have taken its toll on my ability to live comfortably. My property taxes keep going up, food and clothing cost more, and just making ends meet gets more and more difficult. Democrats in Trenton keep raising taxes and spending money we don’t have, and driving businesses out of the state.
As a senior citizen, I’ve seen plenty of political corruption over the years. But I can’t ever recall a time when corruption seemed so institutionalized and entrenched as in the past eight years of McGreevey, Corzine and Democratic control in Trenton.
Most children, when asked what they want to be when they grow up, will tell you of their dreams to become a football player, a rock star, a doctor, a pilot – even President of the United States. I have yet to hear a child tell me, “I want to sing in chorus.”
Few successful businesses or individuals got that way without a plan. In fact, most of us have budgets, investment plans, travel plans, and personal life plans, to name a few. It‘s logical to assume that our state would have a plan to guide public infrastructure investments like roads, water and sewer services, and how we use our lands and resources.
Each year, on August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day to pay tribute to those brave suffragists, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Ida B. Wells Barnett, who led the struggle for American women to win the most critical tool of democracy—the right to vote.
Let’s be honest. For 15 years, Democrats and Republicans have put their parties’ political interests and their own re-election ahead of the people’s interest, placing the state in the most precarious financial situation in decades.
There’s been a lot of talk about “Cash for Clunkers,” but for the majority of motorists, purchasing a new car is not an option. For many, their vehicle does not qualify as a “clunker” and for others, the cost of a new car is prohibitive, so keeping their current vehicle running efficiently is the sensible alternative.
In a recent study, the American Association of State Transportation Highway Officials ranked New Jersey 50th in the nation in road conditions. To some, that information may not be too surprising since New Jersey is home to nearly 5.9 million licensed drivers who utilize more than 36,000 miles of roadways each day.