Governor Corzine Plan to ‘Monetize’ Toll Roads is attack on NJ Constitution

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist “What is becoming impossible is to balance the budget consistent with the letter and the spirit of the constitution, meeting mandated and committed costs while still making necessary investments for our future.” Governor Jon Corzine Budget Message-Feb. 22, 2007 With those words Governor Jon Corzine declared war on the Constitution …

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Somers Points ‘Future Leaders’ Program for 8th Grader Teaches Wrong Lessons

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist ?? Last week, the Current reported that an eighth grade honors student from Somers Point missed a week of school to be at the “People to People World Leadership Forum” in Washington, D.C.???? Two details attracted my attention. ?? (ITALICS)?? “The group. . . visited the Saudi Arabian Embassy where …

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Using A Pinch of Irony To Deal with the Stubborn Facts of the Election

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist Shakespeare’s Macbeth describes politics before the American Revolution, when? governments were run by a privileged classes of nobles who did what they wanted with their power.??? Macbeth, lied, cheated, and killed to take control of the government, and in they end, was thrown out and killed by others who were …

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The Dirty Little Secrets of the Ballot Questions

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist “If at any time, (sales tax) funds necessary to meet the interest. . .??& principal payments on outstanding bonds issued under this act are insufficient . . . there shall be assessed, levied?& collected annually in each of the municipalities of the counties of this State, a tax on the …

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American men in their 30’s today work harder to earn less than their dads did

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist Last month, the Pew Charitable Trusts did a research project called:? Is the American Dream Alive and Well?? ????? It found that American men in their 30’s in 1974 had median incomes of roughly $40,000, while American men of that same age in 2004 had inflation adjusted incomes of only …

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$177,000 Mainland Language Lab No Substitute for Good Teaching

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist Reprinted with permission from April 4, 2007 editions of the Current Newspapers of Atlantic County. Josh (fictitious name–real Mainland Regional High School student) had a gift for foreign languages.??? He went to grade school in Europe and was fluent in French.? When his family moved back to Somers Point, he …

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Government Funded ‘Charities’ Push Linwood Bikepath Smoking Ban

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist On Wednesday, February 28, 2007,? the mostly Republican city council of the Mainland suburb of? Linwood prepared to adopt a new law, and create a new crime.??? They would make it illegal to smoke any “cigar, cigarette, or pipe” in any outdoor park owned by the city, “including, but not …

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Make February an AMERICAN History Month!

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist ??? February was once an American History month.?? We honored Abraham Lincoln before February 12 by learning about his life, and memorizing his speeches.?? We learned about George Washington before his birthday on February 22.? At that time, Black History Week, taught us about black leaders like Frederick Douglas, born …

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Which ‘America’s Treasure’ Should We Save?

The “world’s largest pipe organ” in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall (formerly?Convention Hall) was not played in the last six years.?? It needs $10 million of cleaning and repair work.? I heard that organ a lot? in my younger days, but I wouldn’t pay to hear it again.??? I also wouldn’t pay to hear a scratchy …

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