The ironies of modern life in the United States, and our need to make sense of them, or alter them, to me, are among the best reasons why college-level, liberal education is vital to virtually all Americans. By “liberal” I do not mean left-wing; I mean education that includes exposure to philosophy, ethics, history, the arts, language, literature – collectively known as the humanities.
Thanks to Wikileaks and heroic leakers inside the military, we now know the U.S. government has killed many more innocent Afghan civilians than we were aware of heretofore. We also know that American military and intelligence personnel roam Afghanistan assassinating suspected bad guys.
STATE – While a projected $10.5 billion structural deficit in next year’s state budget has gotten a lot of attention recently, it is not the only financial problem facing New Jersey on July 1, 2011.
STATE – Tonight’s Powerball jackpot could be worth $38 million, or $20.2 million if the cash option is chosen.
SCOTCH PLAINS—Kids in the Scotch Plains area are learning something surprising about back-to-school shopping—it is not just a time to fill their book bags and closets, it is also a great opportunity to fill shoe boxes to help children in need around the world.
EDISON – Edison teachers have agreed to salary cuts and changes in benefits to save the jobs of 158 of their colleagues.
Aug. 2 at 11:19 a.m. – Officers Missael Curbelo and Scott Durkin investigated a reported burglary at Witherspoon Street. The theft case remains open.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the third round of one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks have been mailed to eligible Medicare beneficiaries whose drug costs are so high they have reached the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”
Aug. 6 at 9:06 p.m. – In the vicinity of Westfield Avenue, Officer Joseph Teston arrested Newfoundland, Pa. resident Trevor Darling, 36, on an outstanding warrant from Lakewood for contempt of court.
STATE — An old refrigerator/freezer in the home of Kearny resident Siu Wah Lau saw its last day on Aug. 10, but its departure will save Lau more than $150 in energy costs a year.
CRANFORD – A group of modern-day angels swooped into the Cerebral Palsy League Jardine Academy this week as 12 teenager volunteers with Catholic Heart Workcamp visited as part of their 2010 mission trip.
As anyone who lives near the Atlantic and Gulf coast knows too well, hurricane season has been in the breeze since June 1, and will last through November; the heart of the season is mid-August through mid-October.
In the current weak economy, few homeowners will be running out to replace their vinyl or aluminum siding. But that’s not to say they can’t improve its appearance or even change the color.