Linda's NJ Voices Blog
Apple: How to avoid taxes while Americans go hungry
Avoiding taxes, as American as Apple, Inc. pie.
Higher education, bond funds, transparency, and public support
The allocation of NJ Higher Education bond (and other) funds are under scrutiny for good reason. I wonder how future bond issues for higher education will fare if there is an expectation that political shenanigans will determine how funding decisions are made.
A diminished giant: Apple, tax strategies and corporate greed
People may love Apple products but they may be less inclined to love the corporation, particularly as it flaunts its might, flexes its lobbying muscle and does all it can to avoid paying taxes to America, its corporate home.
Gun laws, political costs and benefits
When cartoonists enter the fray, the issue is serious. Some of the nation's best loved cartoonists have asked Congress to enact common sense gun laws to prevent violence and save lives. DemandAction.orgAs gun control debates raged in Congress early this...
Economics, equity and policy: The story of Mariam Chamberlain
Mariam K. Chamberlain, a little known champion of women, died last week at age 94. She was a gifted researcher who understood the power of information. An agent of change, an inspiration to many, Miriam Chamberlain was one of a kind.
Corporations, taxes and citizenship: Getting government-supported services without paying for them
Who pays for the nation's infrastructure, technology, research facilities, higher education, homeland security and defense? Taxpayers pay. And corporations that do not pay taxes, and use what they do not pay for, are not good citizens.
Gun control and the US Congress: What do the people want?
Congress has not forgotten Newtown, no, that's not it at all; Congress is ignoring the public's will and turning its back on the victims. When it comes to guns, that's what it does.
What's in a name?
It's not too far of a stretch to see cruelty in the practice of states that deny adoptees access to the information they want--and need--to find out who they are, who their birth parents are, and that deny to birth mothers (and fathers) information in order to help them find the children they surrendered.
The soda wars continue
Sarah Palin is really sinking low. Aligning with the soda industry, she maintains that our very democracy is imperiled by having less Pepsi, less Coke. Remarkable.
Murray v. Ryan on the budget: It is not about how much money but about where it comes from and who gets it
The budget choice, between Murray's and Ryan's, is clearly political, and, of course, it is ideological. Murray's offers the best framework for the nation: A responsible, fair and balanced--and moral--approach to tax reform and budget priorities, one that honors the social contract and looks to promote the nation's growth and prosperity.
Ryan redux: No path to prosperity this time either
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result doesn't work but, evidently, Paul Ryan doesn't know this. He may need a reminder of how it went with his ideas some months ago. He lost.
Balancing the budget and tax cuts too? Seriously?
New Jersey is taking funds from dedicated sources to balance the state budget already so no one in Trenton can be thinking about a tax cut any longer, can they? Seriously?
In the footsteps of Lincoln? Obama and public higher education
President Obama should expand his vision of what publicly supported higher learning can mean to the nation and renew the covenant between the federal government and its public land-grant universities.
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and public health: What does race have to do with it?
Restricting soda size sales in an effort to reduce sugar consumption, a solid good health move--to reduce obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes--is resisted by those who would benefit from it the most.
Clementine Reuben Hunter: An American Artist
Clementine Hunter didn't learn to read or write but she taught herself to paint, and paint she did, producing thousands of works of art that documented and interpreted her world of Southern plantation life. She is, easily, one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century.
A public star wins a prize: Joachim Messing, molecular biologist and innovator at Rutgers, gets the Wolf
The public's support of Rutgers helps make it possible to encourage and support pioneers like Professor Joachim Messing--2013 Wolf Prize winner--educate students, engage in research, invent, create, and, no less, improve the prospects for humankind.
Tough-talking, tea-drinking governor of Maine, Paul LePage, falls flat
While Governor LePage has been trashing his own state, Maine, alienating much of the political world and accomplishing nothing to speak of, the mural, honoring labor, that he had removed from the Labor Department building has fared a good deal better.
An actor in service to the nation: Charles Durning
Charles Durning drew from his life--a horrific childhood and harrowing and heroic service in World War II--to perform superbly in roles that seem to have been made just for him. He made the ordinary, noble, in compelling performances on the stage, his preferred place, and in film.
Hypocrisy in the House
As the nation teeters on the fiscal cliff, members of the House are making sure that their pet weapons and other military spending that benefits their districts gets done...but nothing else.
Newtown and the nation: Reckoning with a gun culture
Our nation is having a reckoning with itself, searching for the way to be one nation, united in its effort to reduce gun violence, to do what we need to do to protect the lives of our own citizens, where they live, where they learn, when they walk the streets. We can do no less, not if Newtown matters.