Recent Posts in Op Ed

A Senator's Service

BY BRENDAN GILL I am deeply saddened by the passing of our senior United States Senator, Frank Lautenberg, whose years of dedicated service have left us all – as New Jerseyans and as Americans – better off.  

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Christie out of touch with women

By Joshua Henne

Today, Chris Christie is keynoting the Governor’s Conference For Women in Trenton.  Perhaps he should do more listening and less talking. Because while folks might say that Christie is a fighter, he’s made it painfully clear he’s not fighting for New Jersey’s women. In fact, he’s the one holding them back when it comes to both their health and fiscal well-being.

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Time to have the talk we hope to avoid but can’t

By Tedford J. Taylor

No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about.

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Reassembling the American Dream

By:  Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington)

With the second highest foreclosure inventory in the country (7.2 percent) and the unfortunate distinction of being one of only four states where the foreclosure percentage rose over the past year, we cannot afford to sit idly by in New Jersey while other states continue to rebound from the housing crisis that laid waste to our economy.

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Preserve our open space and farmland

By Mayor Janice Mironov

Whether it is preserved open space, farmland, the protection of vital environmental resources or parkland, all New Jersey residents enjoy the benefits of the state’s active and successful preservation efforts.   These efforts enjoy broad bipartisan political support and strong public support, and for good reasons.  Good land planning and environmental policy have long-term beneficial results. 

Preservation efforts are investments in our communities, where we live and work, creating balanced land planning and greening our surroundings. Preservation actions are vital in preserving and safeguarding precious environmental resources, including protection of our drinking water supply, as well as reducing flooding.  

 

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Middle Class continues to suffer

By State Sen. Barbara Buono

As New Jerseyans face another tax day, working and middle class families are being squeezed like never before.

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New Jersey Needs the Paycheck Fairness Act

By Senator Robert Menendez and Debra L. Ness

It is hard to believe that 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, and at a time when women’s wages are vitally important to their families, women are still paid appreciably less than men. That is the sad reality we’re reminded of this week as we recognize Equal Pay Day – the day that marks how far into the new year women have had to work to catch up with men’s wages from the year before.

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Affordable Health Insurance for New Jersey’s Small Businesses and Workers

By U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director, Dr. Jaime R. Torres and U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Regional Administrator, Bernard Paprocki

For years, we had a health insurance market that was broken for small businesses.  Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid an average of 18% more for the same health insurance plan offered to the bigger business down the street, and their premiums could skyrocket if a single employee got sick.  That made it hard for many small business owners to keep offering coverage and grow their businesses.

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Stop practice of surcharges on inmate phone calls

By Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman

Politicians and social commentators have both criticized the “pay day” loan industry and check-cashing businesses as unfairly targeting low-income populations, by skirting usury laws to charge obscene rates that only a person with no other options would pay.

Many would probably be surprised to learn that the State of New Jersey is acting in the very same way when it comes to surcharges attached to telephone calls made from prison.

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Gun laws: If not now, when?

By Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver

From Colorado to Connecticut to a courthouse, far too many lives have been cut short by senseless gun violence. 

These are the mass tragedies that grab headlines.  But every day, on the streets that wind their way in between, even more innocent Americans fall victim to a bullet.  In 2011 alone, 269 New Jerseyans were killed by gun violence.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 22, 2014

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC reportNEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries'...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"You know what? I'm still Vinny Prieto. I'm still the same guy. This is always a great event — to see people, to talk about business, to hear about issues and concerns." - Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32).

- The Star-Ledger

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