Whenever the subject of politics comes up in polite conversation, most people have the same cynical attitude. Almost every person I speak to feels that nothing can make a difference, and we should resign ourselves to the reality of paying high taxes while getting nothing in return. Many people feel that our elected officials are involved in corruption, but that it doesnt effect them that much, so why bother to fight it.
I was once told that politics is like going down into the sewer with the lowest common denominator, so why would I want to be involved in something like that. My answer was simple. If you knew that the sewer was going to start overflowing, and the only way to save your way of life was to go in and repair the problem before it ruins everything, wouldn't you do it?
While visiting a doctor's office the other day, I found myself sitting in a room filled with a group of senior citizens. I was minding my own business catching up on emails when a conversation I could overhear piqued my interest. "I just vote for my neighbor." A woman that was knitting her sweater said to her friend. " how do you do that?" " I vote in the morning, do my shopping and on the way home I go back again and vote under another name. My neighbor never votes. She knows I vote for her so it's ok. A lot of people do it."
A former state and federal prosecutor who led one of New Jersey's largest crackdowns on organized crime and has conducted numerous investigations for businesses across the country will oversee the bankruptcy of the indicted engineering firm Birdsall Services Group.
Edwin Stier, a member of Stier Anderson in Skillman, was appointed Monday by the regional U.S. Trustee Office to take the reins at Birdsall and oversee its assets and any business decisions as it pursues a likely sale under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Ever since the Sandy Hook tragedy our country has been thrust into a visceral national debate about gun control. The pro gun lobby and the NRA seemed as usual to be unyielding in their defense of everyone's second amendment right to bear arms.
The Liberal media instinctively demanded a ban on all high powered weapons. One interesting development in the gun control debate was complete silence from moderate Republicans. Instead of discussing bipartisan legislation that promotes laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill, many Republican legislators are working to enact laws that will not have a direct effect on reducing gun violence.
In continuing efforts to address the congestion along the Route 9 Lakewood area, 30th District legislators Senator Robert W. Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible have announced that there is an allocation for a Route 9 Lakewood congestion relief project study included in the FY2017 capital program.
The lawmakers have been vigilant in working with the Department of Transportation to address the area’s long term transportation needs, and are confident the study would be a giant first step toward alleviating the burden on that area of the District’s traffic community. The preliminary study is scheduled to begin in 2014.