Linda's NJ Voices Blog
Expectations and every day encounters
Do seemingly small infractions add up to something more? In the aggregate, do these acts of selfishness and lack of regard for others have a cost to society?
On this Thanksgiving day, let's commit to a more humane politics, one that rejects austerity, promotes growth and provides a path to security, a living wage and freedom from want for all.
Trey Radel, the Hip Hop Conservative Republican, hypocrite or not?
Representative Trey Radel pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine but is he also a hypocrite as charged? Not likely. The main supporters of the amendment to require drug testing for food stamp recipients are his Republican colleagues; they are the hypocrites.
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in history, took only a few minutes, at 270 words, but its impact defies description.
Douglass celebrates a birthday: 95 years in 2013
The New Jersey College for Women opened a door for women 95 years ago. Rather than planning for its own obsolescence--as opportunities for women expanded--Douglass College, named for NJC's founding dean, reinvented itself. Its successor, DRC, is still opening doors.
Way to go, Texas!
Instead of looking for more ways to restrict access we ought to be working in every state to make elections free, fair, and accessible to all eligible citizens.
Come election time, the GOP tries an appeal to Hispanic voters
Voters are simply too smart not to spot this last minute, pre-election appeal to those whose interests the governor has either neglected or actively opposed for three years. Promises do not amount to much; actions count.
Advice to the Ledger from Bambi's sidekick Thumper
Endorsing Christie by listing his faults? Much has been made, here and elsewhere, about why the editors of the Star Ledger endorsed Chris Christie. Frankly, when you have so much negative to say about someone, you’re better off saying...
A Steep Climb to Victory for Independents and Third Party Candidates
Despite the popular yearning for change, the cards are still stacked against independents and third party candidates. But talented, committed, enthusiastic and hard-working candidates can prevail. It's just a steep climb.
Christie Changes his Tune on Tuition
There are no federal, state or local laws that prohibit public colleges from admitting and enrolling undocumented students so how do we justify charging them differential tuition rates? Finally, the governor sees the light and supports tuition equality. Better late than not at all.
The stand-off in Washington: Negotiations and false equivalencies
The American system of governance does not anticipate that one party can delay, amend, or repeal a law by shutting down the rest of the government. That is not the way democracy works and, if it were, then no law would ever be secure.
The scandal of poverty and the cowardice of the Republican Right
The Republic tea party loyalists in the House should slink away in shame, cowards that they are. Their loyalty to the right wing of their national party may be in tact but their souls are in shreds.
The U.S. Supreme Court, civil rights and voting in America
With the ending of protections provided in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Republican dominant states moved to limit the exercise of that moral and legal imperative: the right to vote.
Labor Day in 2013: It is good to be king (and not so much to be a worker)
Executive compensation rankles, but, it's worker productivity that ought to be receiving more attention, and, consequently, given the record increase in productivity, generating more compensation to employees.
Remembrance and reconciliation: Lessons from Germany
It is good that German chancellor Angela Merkel went to Dachau to stand in that place, to acknowledge the burden her nation bears for the wrongs done and the harm inflicted, to reach for reconciliation, to advance prospects for peace.
Safety, smog and stability: Hard lessons for China
To be a world power, to sustain growth and productivity, China needs to reduce emissions, clear the air, safeguard its water supply and improve the quality and reliability of domestically made products, not to mention encourage civil society and secure and protect human rights.
Incentives, small businesses and jobs: Economic development with a soul
In Newark, we need to secure the businesses that are already demonstrating success, offering employment, adding value to their communities even as we give incentives to others to build, invest, develop, and expand.
Braun is back
Bob Braun gets the words in the right order and he nudges in the right direction--with integrity, clarity, class, savvy, wit, wisdom, and moxie. At BobBraunsLedger.com, Braun is back!
Commodities in the news: Coffee, yogurt and aluminum
Goldman Sachs is driving up the cost of aluminum and other commodities by moving them from one location to another, to generate rental revenue, and add, unnecessarily, to their cost.
Big Agriculture and Congress: Perfect together
House Republicans present to the nation a farm bill that shows them to be beholden to a lobby, unconcerned about the impact of massive subsidies on world markets, willing to ignore their repeated concerns for federal spending and deficits, anxious to protect their campaign revenue stream, and, using their inhumanity to cloak their intentions.