Category: Opinion

Primary Choices Are Good For Democracy

Citizens only have real power over party bosses when serious candidates seek party nominations in primary elections, where voters and not power brokers get to decide who is going to hold public office. The marathon competition for the presidency being…

Scoring Points!

By Michael M. Shapiro Last month, Senator Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), chair of the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, scored points for fiscal responsibility and common sense by advocating the elimination of pension credit for part-time government employees. At the…

Reining In Out-of-Control Spending

By Michael M. Shapiro As New Jersey copes with its increasing budget woes, perhaps the Legislature should consider several measures that would help reduce out-of-control spending: unannounced audits and the elimination or transformation of pension credit for part-time government work.…

NJ’s Parks Are A Vital Resource

By Assemblyman John Wisniewski With 42 parks, 11 forests and more than 50 historic sites, New Jersey has a rich natural and cultural heritage. But we may soon lose the chance to enjoy some of our state’s most special natural…

What America Means To Me

by James J. Devine, Publisher, Atom Tabloid & Citizen-Gazette Some people are upset about an advertisement that appeared in newspapers I publish. Created by an organization – http://www.tompaine.com – that believes President Bush is using the call to arms against Iraq…