Thursday, June 23, 2011

The War Against Workers

Today I'm angry and sick about the continuing war against workers, especially public sector workers. It has now hit NJ and I have to vent. The Legislature voted to strip state workers of the right to collective bargain for health care, to make us pay much more toward our health care benefits, and to raid the pensions of the retired. The NJEA (to which I belong) was a leader in the fight against this legislation. For an excellent analysis, read our NJEA President's remarks here.

I hope people wake up. How can we continue to allow our elected officials to get away with such policies that hurt the middle class and below? We had all better start doing something to reform the system. To those who think that this "couldn't happen to them"... don't be so sure. They're gunning for us, the public workers. Who do you think will be next?

Get informed. Know the issues and keep watch on what our officials are doing. Let them know what you think, and VOTE!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day / Bill of Rights

Today is Flag day. It's a good day to honor our flag and to honor the values we believe it stands for: things such as freedom, liberty.
So get out a flag and ponder those things today.
And in regard to freedom and liberty, why not take a few minutes out and read the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution. Shouldn't we all know what these important Amendments say?
You can go here to read them and even print out a copy.
Happy Flag Day.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'm Just Sick

There are so many stories recently that are just terrible, but this one is particularly so. Go here to read of a suicidal man who drowned while a crowd watched and did --- nothing (although someone EVENTUALLY did pull him out).

What kind of society are we when no one - no one - in a crowd of 75 did anything as he walked into the bay? We read of these kind of things happening from years ago (Kitty Genovese in New York), reports of young people beating others or worse where sometimes the victim is lucky to get any aid at all. We can't keep blaming this sort of thing on "budget cuts," or keep excusing sometimes whole crowds who do nothing or worse. We've got to be more compassionate toward each other. If personal safety is an issue, someone should at least try to get somewhere safe and then try go get some help.

We also need to teach people, especially our young people, compassion. We need to show as a society that we really value this quality.

Thank God, there ARE good people out there. We do hear reports of Good Samaritans and bless them for sure, hoping and praying for more of them. We also sadly wish that someone had been much more pro-active for the victim who drowned in the bay.