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Hypocrite Handlin’s "Right to Work" Article Is Biased And Fails To Tell The Whole Story.

Readers may find Amy Handlin’s article about the “Right to Work” and unions rather interesting even though it is somewhat biased and fails to tell the whole story.

Since I am a life member of the Communications Workers of America” union ( a member since 1953 when I went to work for the telephone company…it was New Jersey Bell then and was Bell Atlantic when I retired in 1989 and is Verizon today) ,and CWA was a union that represented only telephone workers and was an “agency shop” not a “closed shop”, my view of the situation differs from Ms. Handlin’s point of view.

Unions are businesses also and they are in the business of representation……….thus CWA represents public workers today because technology has diminished the number of telephone workers. Since it requires many members to accomplish goals on behalf of membership,CWA expanded it’s membership into the public sector where the growth of potential membership existed. The old adage is “there is strength in numbers ” .

Everyone benefits from the unions accomplishments,even management who are not usually unionized ( police are one exception). CWA was always considered one of the most democratic ( not in the political sense) of the major unions in this country.

Distortion of the facts for political purposes serves no one . The republicans do a good job at the blame game but they have no compunction in failing to tell the whole truth for political purposes. Union membership is comprised of both Republicans and Democrats……..lots of people from each party. It is not all about politics, it’s about “fair representation” of workers rights.

Barbara Thorpe
Lincroft NJ

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>Letter: 5 Years Later It’s Still Politics As Usual

>In the fall of 2005 I wrote an opinion letter that today I discovered had been printed by “The Suburban” of Old Bridge-Sayreville,as well as by newspapers locally. I noted also that my observations then are still true today, five years later. Politics doesn’t change much as politics and politicians are just as bad now or perhaps worse – if that is possible.

Election day is over and the “silly season” has also ended…at least until June when it’s primary time. Did you ever ask what motivates a politician ? It is not always explained by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs or the desire to serve.We have learned greed,power and ,corruption can be the most powerful of motivators,overriding any virtue or conscience an individual may have. Then there are times when some politicians have more nerve than brains.

Solutions for some of politics ills are term limits. Term limits are necessary to correct the evils of politics. Don’t kid yourselves ….. some aspects of politics are corrupting. Just read the newspapers in the aftermath of the recent elections. Too much concentration of power in one party or one politician is unhealthy for the masses. This is why we have more than a single party system. Our forefathers were not naive.

There are different schools of thought and different approaches to governing and solving problems. That does not make one proposal wrong because it is proposed by one party and opposed by another.

Negotiation and consensus minus the corruption, greed, power struggles and egotism might really make headway in solving some of this country’s and this state’s critical issues as well as many issues in local communities. Unfortunately I don’t have any delusions about New Jersey, or the communities or politics. i just hope for a better world…. someday !

Currently, as was true five years ago, this state can hold itself up as the epitome of all that’s wrong with politics in this country. It’s time for the residents of New Jersey to really pay attention to current events,educate themselves,and exercise their franchise to vote. Make politicians prove their integrity and worthiness of the public trust. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric,much of it is hyperbole or worse !

Regardless of your political persuasion, understand we can no longer afford the follies of the fools. Character flaws are character flaws. We do not need politicians whose sole purpose is to serve themselves or their political parties. They are elected to serve all of us regardless of party affiliation. We, the residents and taxpayers,the citizens of this country,this state or our communities are the losers if we allow this.

Remember always the old adages “to the victor goes the spoils”.”if you don’t vote, don’t complain”,and if you are a politician reading this ” there is no honor among thieves” and “if the shoe fits wear it” !

And last but not least…. the sun will come up tomorrow and “silly season” will come again. You can bet on it !

Barbara R. Thorpe
Lincroft,N.J.

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DISTRICT 13 STATE ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE BOB BROWN TO APPEAR ON NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY’S “POWER AND POLITICS” THIS WEEKEND


State Assembly Candidate Bob Brown will appear this weekend on News 12 New Jersey’s signature political program “Power and Politics”

The appearance by Brown on “Power and Politics” – hosted by News 12 political correspondents Laura Jones and Jim McQueeney – marks a milestone for Brown who’s innovative tax reform program has been garnering state wide attention.

News 12 New Jersey is seen in 2-million New Jersey homes. “Power and Politics” featuring Bob Brown will air 4-times this weekend. On Saturday, October 17th at 10AM and 3PM and on Sunday, October 18th at 10AM and 3PM

Brown – who is running in the state’s 13th legislative district – will appear as the sole guest to discuss details of his tax plan which is aimed at reducing property taxes in the state by 50-percent. Brown’s tax plan was most recently featured in the Star Ledger and was seen in both the newspaper and the Star Ledger’s on line edition

More details about the tax plan and information about Bob Brown can also been found on Youtube at “Bob Brown for Assembly”

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>Clinton Will Accept Obama’s Offer

>Sen. Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of Secretary of State offered by President-elect Obama, “who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration,” the Guardian has learned.

However, the Washington Post says a formal offer hasn’t been made yet but notes “there is an understanding” that if Sen. Clinton “can sort out her husband’s global work… she would have a good, if not completely certain, shot at it.”

Said Clinton confidant James Carville: “There’s a lot of momentum in the direction of this happening.”

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Clinton Will Accept Obama’s Offer

Sen. Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of Secretary of State offered by President-elect Obama, “who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration,” the Guardian has learned.

However, the Washington Post says a formal offer hasn’t been made yet but notes “there is an understanding” that if Sen. Clinton “can sort out her husband’s global work… she would have a good, if not completely certain, shot at it.”

Said Clinton confidant James Carville: “There’s a lot of momentum in the direction of this happening.”

Poltical Wire

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How to Deal With Stolen Yard Signs

Here’s one way to avoid having your lawn signs stolen.

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How to Deal With Stolen Yard Signs

Here’s one way to avoid having your lawn signs stolen.

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