Daily Archives: August 14, 2008

>Scharfenberger, Brightbill seek to destroy Human Rights Commission

>To The Editor:

Carolyn Schwebel has been a dear friend of mine for many years. Carolyn serves on the Monmouth County Human Rights Commission and she is a former Chairperson of the Middletown Human Rights Commission.

Carolyn is no longer a member of the commission in Middletown anymore, and that is a shame. In fact, the commission is about ready to be shutdown by Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger and Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill. I don’t know why, but it feels like retribution for doing the job she was appointed to do.

The Middletown Human Rights Commission had previously been working on issues relative to township housing and handicapped access issues. These issues, while challenging, should not be silenced with the wave of a bureaucratic wand, which I think Mayor Scharfenberger and Deputy Mayor Brightbill are doing.

The mayor recently tried to use the commission to accomplish his political retribution, but they stood above the fray and stayed true to their original mission. For this, commission members should be complimented.

The commission should never be forced to become political. But, some people want to use them as a political force even though they truly are trying to maintain their status as protecting human rights in Middletown. Just because Mr. Scharfenberger and Mrs. Brightbill can not control the commission, they have now decided to completely destroy it.

All I have to say is that, after I am elected as a Middletown committeewoman in November, regardless of what Mr. Scharfenberger or Mrs. Brightbill have done, I will not stop lobbying until this commission is back and bigger than ever.

I will also seek to fill all of the seats that have been left empty on the commission, which the mayor and deputy mayor have left vacant because they cannot find people that will tow their line. I do not need people to tow my line. I welcome diversity and input and neither myself or my running mate, Jim Grenafege, need to dictate what other people think in trying to help our community.

Patricia A. Walsh
Democrat for Twsp. Committee

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Scharfenberger, Brightbill seek to destroy Human Rights Commission

To The Editor:

Carolyn Schwebel has been a dear friend of mine for many years. Carolyn serves on the Monmouth County Human Rights Commission and she is a former Chairperson of the Middletown Human Rights Commission.

Carolyn is no longer a member of the commission in Middletown anymore, and that is a shame. In fact, the commission is about ready to be shutdown by Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger and Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill. I don’t know why, but it feels like retribution for doing the job she was appointed to do.

The Middletown Human Rights Commission had previously been working on issues relative to township housing and handicapped access issues. These issues, while challenging, should not be silenced with the wave of a bureaucratic wand, which I think Mayor Scharfenberger and Deputy Mayor Brightbill are doing.

The mayor recently tried to use the commission to accomplish his political retribution, but they stood above the fray and stayed true to their original mission. For this, commission members should be complimented.

The commission should never be forced to become political. But, some people want to use them as a political force even though they truly are trying to maintain their status as protecting human rights in Middletown. Just because Mr. Scharfenberger and Mrs. Brightbill can not control the commission, they have now decided to completely destroy it.

All I have to say is that, after I am elected as a Middletown committeewoman in November, regardless of what Mr. Scharfenberger or Mrs. Brightbill have done, I will not stop lobbying until this commission is back and bigger than ever.

I will also seek to fill all of the seats that have been left empty on the commission, which the mayor and deputy mayor have left vacant because they cannot find people that will tow their line. I do not need people to tow my line. I welcome diversity and input and neither myself or my running mate, Jim Grenafege, need to dictate what other people think in trying to help our community.

Patricia A. Walsh
Democrat for Twsp. Committee

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>The Lies About Obama

>Brent Budowsky, who was an aide to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and to Rep. Bill Alexander when he was chief deputy whip of the House, sets the record straight on some of the lies and downright flasehoods that the McCain campaign has been smearing Barack Obama with for the past few weeks.

Budowsky takes exception with the news media for not checking their facts before blindly passing along McCain’s concentrated attacks of smears, lies and innuendo as facts.

He does state that “There are ample grounds to fairly challenge and criticize Barack Obama, and all other candidates, on news and opinion pages. Obama should be challenged about whether his experience is sufficient for the presidency. Obama’s policies can and should be challenged, dissected, debated, rebutted and criticized.”

Click on the headline to read the article written by Brent Budowsky

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The Lies About Obama

Brent Budowsky, who was an aide to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and to Rep. Bill Alexander when he was chief deputy whip of the House, sets the record straight on some of the lies and downright flasehoods that the McCain campaign has been smearing Barack Obama with for the past few weeks.

Budowsky takes exception with the news media for not checking their facts before blindly passing along McCain’s concentrated attacks of smears, lies and innuendo as facts.

He does state that “There are ample grounds to fairly challenge and criticize Barack Obama, and all other candidates, on news and opinion pages. Obama should be challenged about whether his experience is sufficient for the presidency. Obama’s policies can and should be challenged, dissected, debated, rebutted and criticized.”

Click on the headline to read the article written by Brent Budowsky

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>FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content

>Bloggers beware!

There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.” FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C
Commissioner McDowell told the Business and Media Institute that the Fairness Doctrine could be combined with the issue of net neutrality which could then lead to bloggers (Liberal or Conservative)  having to give equal time to the issues that they write about or discuss.
Click on the headline to read the story and to see a video of Commissioner McDowell discussing the issue of the Fairness Doctrine

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FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content

Bloggers beware!

There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.” FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C
Commissioner McDowell told the Business and Media Institute that the Fairness Doctrine could be combined with the issue of net neutrality which could then lead to bloggers (Liberal or Conservative)  having to give equal time to the issues that they write about or discuss.
Click on the headline to read the story and to see a video of Commissioner McDowell discussing the issue of the Fairness Doctrine

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>Race questions cast doubt on presidential polls

>Can the polls be trusted? A central question about race and politics hasn’t changed: Do white people lie — to pollsters or even to themselves — about their willingness to vote for black candidates? A good AP article posted on Yahoo News tries to answer this question.

The bottom line answer to these questions however is yes, whites do lie a little to pollsters when asked about their support for Africa-American candidates. The article does point out however that in this age of YouTube, voters are more racially tolerant then in previous years and are therefore more likely to tell the truth to pollsters when asked their voting preferences.

Click on the headline to read the article from Yahoo News

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