Our times Rusty of “absolutely marvelous St. Paul” reports: “My wife and I live in St. Paul. She was on the phone this morning with her sister, who lives in a suburb of Minneapolis. My wife was inviting her sister and her husband to join us for dinner at a St. Paul restaurant tonight. “Her sister’s husband, in the background, yelled out to his wife: ‘Tell them I am NOT going to that s***hole St. Paul!’” Kathy S. of St. Paul reports: “During announcements after church Sunday, one speaker started out his announcement by saying that ‘Not everyone can come from Norway.’ “Laughter can be the best medicine.” Our theater of seasons Mounds View Swede writes: “The low sun and a clear day make for long shadows across the yard. They change a bit as the sun makes its way across the sky, adding and deleting things as it moves. “The back yard looked pretty similar to the front yard in places. “The deck … [Read more...] about Sunday Bulletin Board: What does St. Paul look like, from the suburbs of Minneapolis? Not that! Surely he must’ve been joking!
A plan by the Chrysalis Center to convert four historic buildings near Asylum Avenue and Huntington Street in Hartford for residential use — with 25 percent of the units set aside for supportive housing and the remaining units restricted to people of low income — is a formula to undo efforts at having balanced development of the neighborhood. I urge the Connecticut Department of Housing, which is now considering Chrysalis Center's funding request for the project, to look very closely at the long-term consequences of removing potentially viable properties from the market. At a recent meeting of the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association, which I attended, neighborhood concerns about the project were summarily dismissed by the Crysalis representative. The project was presented as a "done deal" and that while it would be "nice to have a letter of support, it wasn't necessary." So, the center is pushing ahead with its plan despite the fact that two supportive housing projects … [Read more...] about Mike McGarry: Stop Asylum Hill Low-Income Housing Plan
Ellen Del Broccolo, daughter of Joseph Del Broccolo of Holbrook, lives full time in a home for people with developmental disabilities. Photo Credit: Del Broccolo family Updated January 21, 2018 6:04 AM With growing concern, I have heard Republican leaders in Congress talk about reducing spending for Medicare and Medicaid as they figure out how to pay for their new tax cuts. As board president of AHRC Suffolk — an agency that provides educational, vocational, residential, employment and respite services for 2,500 people through 42 local facilities — I know the good that government funding does. AHRC Suffolk receives $60 million a year from federal Medicaid programs. But I have a personal stake, too. In 1972, when my first child, Ellen, was born, she was a beautiful little pink bundle who bore her mom’s first name and my last name. It was a moment of joy and truth. I imagined what she would grow up to be, her role in life and whom she might marry. I knew I … [Read more...] about Essay: How Medicaid cuts could hurt my daughter
Regarding “Why we can’t trust Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ (Mike Kelly column, Opinion, Jan. 14):Interesting piece by Mike Kelly regarding inaccuracies in the Michael Wolff book, “Fire and Fury.”It’s easy to see the irony in President Trump being diminished by a book that, according to Kelly, plays fast and loose with the truth. Let’s file this one under “what goes around, comes around.” Mark Braff Glen Rock, Jan. 16 … [Read more...] about Letter: On Wolff, Trump and the irony of ‘truth’
Regarding “NJ Transit feels impact of Murphy’s law” (Editorial, Jan. 11):Don’t blame Washington when it comes to how NJ Transit decides to use federal assistance. Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing over past decades. When a crisis occurred, be it 9/11 in 2001 or Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Washington was there for us. Additional billions in assistance above and beyond yearly formula allocations from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration was provided. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided even more.Most federal transportation grants require a 20 percent hard-cash local share. In most cases, FTA accepted toll credits from NJ Transit instead of hard cash for the local share. This saved NJ Transit almost $200 million last year. In 2017, Washington made available almost $1 billion in assistance from various sources. NJ Transit currently manages an active portfolio of … [Read more...] about Letter: Don’t blame D.C. for NJ Transit woes
Regarding “NJ traffic deaths rise, but mostly along the Shore” (Road Warrior, northjersey.com, Jan. 13):Just drive on any of our local roads, Route 4 West for example, between Spring Valley Road, and the Route 4 and 17 cloverleaf. A flyover at night would allow anyone to see motorists’ faces aglow with blue lights from hand-held smart phones, and windshield mounted devices.In this otherwise fine article, there are no references to “Distracted Drivers,” or “Distracted Pedestrians.”The autonomous, driver-less car is supposed to solve these problems? Yeah right. Walter Stevens Paramus, Jan. 15 … [Read more...] about Letter: Distracted drivers also a problem on roads
Earth to Trump, citizens of Norway are not clamoring to emigrate to a country ruled by a racist. Why would they leave a country with universal health care, free college for all and a pleasant environment to come to a country where xenophobia is rampant? During World War II, Norway experienced firsthand the danger that’s presented when a powerful country comes under the influence of a leader who appeals to the lowest instincts of his countrymen. Michael Konsevick Vernon, Jan. 16 … [Read more...] about Letter: Why would Norwegians want to come here?
In one year, President Donald Trump and his Republican minions have changed this country from a democracy and a land of immigrants into a near-fascist state. Instead of USA, we should call ourselves DSA (Disunited States of America). The Trump-GOP tax reform plan is a joke, favoring only the corporations, the very rich, and campaign donors. In 242 years of the republic, the rich have never paid their fair share of taxes, and they never will.The Constitution, which Trump apparently has never read, is under attack, particularly in regard to freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. We see shades of Richard Nixon, the old trickster! Where are the so-called checks and balances to block a dictatorial president? How can there be checks and balances when you have a Republican-led Congress with the backbone of jellyfish?If I were an immigrant, I wouldn’t want to come here and live in such a hostile environment.Hopefully, this will change … [Read more...] about Letter: Trump is destroying American institutions
Regarding “Questioning the meaning of charity” (Your Views, Jan. 18):In response to the writer’s views on charity taxes, I believe he should look to the following: The state pension funds are in trouble because elected officials for over 30 years have failed to make payments to the pension even though public workers made their payments every paycheck.Elected officials in this state need to stop taking care of their friends, i.e., special interests, or the people who get them elected with big campaign contributions. When elected officials of this state start doing their jobs instead of trying to keep their jobs, this state will be the Garden State again. Michael Gilligan … [Read more...] about Letter: Politicians must quit answering to special interests
Two recent op-ed articles on Northjersey.com, “Make America Great Again,” by Richard Muti and “2018 is new but our cherished values are not,” by Christopher de Vinck, offer contrasting views on America. Painting a bleak portrait of our so-called greatness, Muti demolishes Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” According to Muti, America is not and never has been great because of our history of slavery and discrimination, allowing millions of our citizens to be without proper health care and enacting tax policies that make the disparity between the rich and poor even greater.De Vinck’s view of America is more optimistic, colored by his mother’s experiences as one of the lucky immigrants who escaped Nazi oppression in Belgium. De Vinck’s mother rejoiced in the life America gave her children and saw it as striving “to reach out with our hands for the souls of who we are always hoping for … [Read more...] about Opinion: America must march toward greatness