Opinion

Opinion: Prieto and Vitale deserve credit

by Don Camisi Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale deserve credit for sponsoring the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act. It has broad bipartisan support. AARP has worked diligently…

Jesus loves the legal children

  FROM HELEN: Margaret, our good Christian Governor down here in Texas, Rick Perry, said he would use his executive authority to activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the Texas border region against “criminal aliens.”   Criminal Aliens being…

AARP advocate has message for Verizon & Board of Public Utilities

by Ken Lindhorst The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) was established to ensure safe, adequate, and reliable utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey. This includes basic telecommunications services. Superstorm Sandy and September 11, 2001 showed how…

Outside spending plagues our electoral process

by Jeff Brindle Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups but until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests, the Center for Responsive Politics…

Increasing paid leave will make more stable marketplace & American middle class winners.

by Mitch Rofsky As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not…

Booker bill would remove barriers for convicts

Last week, Cory Booker introduced the REDEEM Act, which will remove some of the almost insurmountable barriers Americans convicted of nonviolent crimes face when trying to reenter society. The bill will help them find a job, support their families, and…

Lower expectations pave the way for more inequality

NATIONAL — Over the past three years, state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections for both union and non-union workers. Such legislation emanates not from…

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

by Robert B. Reich In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.” In reality, most of America’s poor work hard, often…