Birthday Cards, the big gift

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The beginning of the month marked the 83rd birthday of my mother. Not a monumental birthday you say? Every birthday is a monumental one, if you consider how fragile life is. So in style we celebrated Mom’s birthday, simple and together. Her favorite “sin” a Burger King Whopper Jr. Not so fancy, but it made her happy. And another piece of the birthday puzzle that made her happy, the card. The birthday card, thousands of choices and, if you pick the right one can go a long way in reminding that person you love them. Birthday cards passed in my family at […] Read more »

Paid Sick-Leave in New Jersey, a new government mandate

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Paid Sick Leave in New Jersey, is it the next governmental interference? Or, long overdue for the workers of the state? This week the bill was being debated in an Assembly Committee hearing. What the bill offers, one paid hour of sick time for each 30 hours worked, to a maximum of 5 days each year. The bill about a year old now is being championed by Assembly woman Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill). Business as expected are against the measure, citing the recent increase in the minimum wage, and healthcare reform. The sick-day bill has some issues. For one it doesn’t […] Read more »

Corporal punishment, a draconian practice?

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” ( attributed to the bible in Proverbs) child discipline has made headlines recently with the Adrian Peterson (Vikings, NFL) situation. Indicted by a grand jury for the beating of his son with a switch. Was the discipline too much is what Peterson will be defending. Leaving lacerations and causing serious injury is where the law will ultimately find Peterson guilty. If that is the case.  The use of corporal punishment when raising children, or as my father used to say ” a manual adjustment”; is it a draconian practice that should be banned? After raising […] Read more »

Governor Christie, too little to late for Atlantic City

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Coming soon to Atlantic City, the third casino closing. Trump Plaza will close its doors , and out more people out looking for a job. What has te state government done for AC’s casinos and their workers? Yesterday’s announcement that our beloved Governor signed sports betting into law should be making is very angry. Especially the jobless of AC. Why? Just two months ago Governor Christie vetoed the same legislation. So why the change of heart? Could it be the clicking up of the unemployment number ha him worried? He does have presidential aspirations? Well of course he does. That […] Read more »

Atlantic City’s Revel closes their doors

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April 2, 2012- September 2, 2014. Just short of two and a half years, Atlantic City’s Revel has closed its doors. (Officially at 5 p.m. today the casino will close.) This after two bankruptcies and, a short search for a buyer. So why do you think the most beautiful casino on the boardwalk went under? Competition for your gambling/resort dollar. Far too much competition within the city and outside. A simple concept and one that should have been recognized prior to construction. On a recent visit to a AC casino specifically the now closed Showboat (8-31-14) I waited in line […] Read more »

Burger King merger, political nonsense

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The recent Burger King, Tim Horton’s announced merger has you feeling? Angry, shocked, or? Myself I am in disbelief. Not of the actual merger or Burger King’s new home of Canada, but of the outrage. Politicians standing up, and speaking out against the new Burger King. “Avoiding Taxes”, you must be kidding! These outraged politicians are the same people who have created the tax game that BK and all the rest of corporate America are playing in. Why should we be surprised? Or is it, the politician playing their game? The game of outrage, acting as if they will do something […] Read more »

America, the land of less opportunity

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America, the land of opportunity. This idea is what drives immigration, legal and illegal. Immigration is what built America and it will also be what destroys it. That is if we continue on our current path of inaction. It has been nearly ten years since the banking crisis almost collapsed this nation. Since that time, America has battled (or pretended to) many a fight along the way . Unemployment, immigration, the housing crisis just to name a few. The response by our government, some believe good, others not so good. We have also seen to some degree civil unrest most […] Read more »

Public Records, access to Robin William’s death

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The death of Robin Williams, tragic, a part of living? It hasn’t been a week since the news that Robin Williams took his own life. The reports, speculation, and many facts have come out. We know now, so we should be moving on and leave the tragic subject allowing  those who truly loved him to mourn. But, this will not happen quickly. The tabloids have and will continue to run with the William’s suicide and milk all the sales that they possibly can. The family, friends and others who loved him, well they really don’t matter when sales are in […] Read more »

Happy, satisfy your today

The future is right now! So get up off our backside and get started. I don’t know about you but statements such as those do little to motivate. Not that they aren’t accurate but I think there might be a better way to get ourselves moving. What is the future? What is your future or mine? Wherever you are in life, preparing for tomorrow’s today is paramount in being happy. Happy is not being defined as cheerful or comfortable with your financial status. Happy is? There is nothing new  behind about what I wrote in the above paragraph. It was […] Read more »

Lawsuit against President Obama, just plain stupid

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama for “over-stepping his powers”.  Along party lines (225-201) the Boehner led Republicans are moving forward with a lawsuit directed at his application of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The GOP are claiming  Obama has picked and chosen only the desirable pieces of the legislation, while not enacting others. Where do they go from here? Well the House of Representatives is off on a well deserved five week vacation, so I imagine very little (as normal) will come from them. The lawyers, well they will get some action on the taxpayer dollar. […] Read more »

The solar White House

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The White House’s new solar panels are installed capping a project originally announced by President Obama in 2010. The project did not begin until late 2013, the cost to the taxpayer? Unknown as security issues will keep us from knowing how much and how many panels were installed. The solar panels will provide hot water and some electricity for the White House. This is not a first for the White House. President Carter installed a solar water heating system in the late 1970’s at a cost of $30,000. Quickly removed by President Reagan when he took office.President George W. Bush […] Read more »

Atlantic City out of business?

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The Atlantic Club, Showboat, Trump Plaza victims of the failure to look toward the future? With the gigantic Revel possibly the next to announce closing their doors is Atlantic City on their final leg? Competition with Pennsylvania has taken plenty of gambling dollars away from Atlantic City and in response what has New Jersey done to inject life into the gambling town? Well they threw big money in tax incentives at the Revel to finish and open. In-state online gaming passed, not that this will do anything to bring customers to the city. So, what is next? On a recent […] Read more »

Governor Christie, why he’s not presidential material

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Governor Christie as head of the Republican Governor’s Association was in Iowa last week. Raising money and stumping for himself as well as other presidential hopefuls. Christie has yet to say that he is planning to run and this visit is not going to change his announced status. The short of  “why Christie cannot win a presidential election”: 1> His personality, Christie who has never apologized for who he is or to quote Christie  “I am who I am” (isn’t that a Popeye quote?)  Bluster, yelling and his bombastic personality the main reason why he will not win a single primary […] Read more »

Unions, negotiations, proposals, reality

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Knowing what to ask for or demand(?) It is all about respect and you might get what you deserve if you don’t know the real world. Understanding the world around you is very, I repeat VERY important when heading to negotiations. Passing that knowledge on to the rank and file , that is not all that easy. When the average wage increase across America stands at two percent (2%) heading in with a proposal of five percent (5%) or more is not very realistic. What are you doing with your time in negotiations once that proposal is read? The answer is you are wasting […] Read more »

Shared Services in New Jersey expanding to fireworks?

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In many towns across the United States this past holiday weekend, fireworks were part of the festivities. The grand finale and the final BOOM! The crowd shows their appreciation with some applause, then scurries to the cars. All total, show lasts 20-30 minutes. Unless, the town bordering yours is firing off fireworks on the same day. A bit of searching, you might get another glimpse of this wonderful July 4th tradition. New Jersey like many states across the nation, have tightened the reins in on spending (well they would like you to believe they did). Way back when during Governor […] Read more »