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Spooner April 23, 2014 at 10:29 am
@Martin B. Brilliant- so much for the Constitutional First Amendment regarding religion, butRead More remember the states preexisted the Constitution and they bought their English and European beliefs with them to America. There were and still are many state laws on the books that should have been challenged with regards to state legislatures enacting religious beliefs, veiled in statute law. . .but that never happened until the 20th Century, to any large extent.
Madeleine April 23, 2014 at 10:42 am
This is a country founded on the principles of freedom and individualism. It is each person's rightRead More to believe or not believe, to be whom they want to be. The publicly owned schools should not show allegiance to any religion because doing so suppresses individual freedom and individuality. Our Founding Fathers did not envision America as "one nation under God" but rather an America that is for everybody, regardless of personal faith.
Martin B. Brilliant April 23, 2014 at 10:47 am
@Spooner: Agreed and understood. The "equal protection" clause of the FourteenthRead More Amendment, enacted after the Civil War, changed the impact of the Bill of Rights. Up to that point, the Bill of Rights restricted only the national government, and state governments could do as they pleased. But from then on, the states were supposed to be equally bound by the Bill of Rights, though, as you point out, it was a long time coming.
Steve April 16, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Further to the posted story, the Cranford Police Department sent out a Nixle message this morningRead More saying that tonight's planning board meeting concerning the UCC project has been cancelled.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
factchecker April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
When did I deny being liberal or say that I was impartial or omniscient (?!)? I am liberal in thatRead More I am in favor of a high quality, equitable education for all. Liberal and progressive are not bad words. They come from the same roots as liberty and progress - two very strong elements to a successful society. What I said that you all seem to have a problem with is that I have worked in education for many years and therefore know a heck of a lot more than most of you do on this issue. That's not being a know it all - that's being a professional. I'm sure in whatever line of work you're in, you're far more knowledgable than I am. I respect that and only asked that I be respected for my knowledge - not all educators agree with me, but I'm not an idiot.
factchecker April 23, 2014 at 09:39 am
Also, golfer, the majority of the country is liberal. The right wingnuts are loud, but they willRead More never win. The GOP is dying because they can't get their heads out of 1950 white bread America.
Meredith Mascitello April 23, 2014 at 10:22 am
The problem is, who is deciding who is the smartest among us? Are we voting on that? You mightRead More think Paul Krugman is the smartest economist. I think he’s clueless & prefer Thomas Sowell. Also, what is wrong with teaching from the Bible? That’s what our government schools did up until the last century. Seems to me we started having trouble with education after we banned the Bible from the schools.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Sissy Strose February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
Kudos to you, Jacqui, for your letter. I am not a parent but Billy was friends with my nephew. IRead More first saw him as an 8 year old boy and knew that my nephew remained friends with him and even went to Rutgers parties with him. This hits close to home and is very disturbing. Add to that the fact that RU is turning their backs on a former student, a human being, a young promising soul who they were more than happy to accept 3.5 years of tuition from, is disgusting. I live nearby (East Brunswick) and I am very frustrated at what seems to be apathy on the part RU and even students who "may" know what happened to this kid. Maybe the university could have sent out a note urging its students to come forward. Or assure them that their safety is extremely important. How about a condolence to the family? I bet it has occurred to them that the killer(s) could be RU students. I'm sure they don't want any parts of that. This is reminiscent of Penn State who thought it was more important to save face than to protect innocent children. this family deserves the help of RU and all of us in finding who did this to their beloved son. Stop thinking about your wallet RU! Do the right thing!
Dawn Kelly February 27, 2014 at 04:55 pm
It is not just one parent who is upset with Rutgers University's inaction in the wake of Billy'sRead More McCaw's murder. I am also a parent of a senior at Rutgers and my daughter has been a close friend of Billy's since the very first day of their freshman year. I am shocked and disturbed by Rutgers lack of concern and compassion for a student of theirs. I have called Rutgers President Barchi and have sent emails to him, all of which have been ignored. My daughter returned home immediately after hearing about the violent murder of her dear friend. She was looking to us, as her parents, for guidance and assurances that she would be safe returning to campus to finish her senior year. She was also looking for support in dealing with the unexplainable death. We could not give her those assurances since Rutgers has simply decided to ignore the entire situation. This has left so many of Billy's friends and classmates to deal with their feelings of loss, pain, anger, frustration and sadness all on their own. Rutgers was my daughter's "dream school" and her 4 years there are now ending in a nightmare. An abusive basketball coach at the University made national news but the murder of a student on campus is ignored. I live in south Jersey, 90 minutes from the University and not one news station or newspaper has covered the story. Relatives in north Jersey have also not heard anything about Billy's murder. How can this be? Isn't Rutgers a New Jersey state university? Wouldn't it be helpful to the investigation if more people in the area knew about it, perhaps offering tips or clues? I can't even get the President of the University or anyone on his staff to acknowledge my phone call or emails. The entire situation is tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy and his family
Sissy Strose February 28, 2014 at 11:49 am
If Billy had won a gold medal at Soch or an Oscar or donated money to RU, I am assured they wouldRead More have acknowledged his death, former student or not. Kean U., Hillsborough HS and his Tennessee HS have all made public statements and sent condolences to his family. We're not asking for RU to accept blame; it isn't their fault. We'd like to see some compassion, some support, some validation of this kid who loved this school so much and died just yards from it's soil. Be there for your students, this is terrifying! We don't know what happened that night. We aren't asking for a guarantor or goat. Just some words from the pink elephant in the room.
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Clark Guy 4 February 5, 2014 at 10:26 am
We need a new mayor.
Clark Guy 2 February 5, 2014 at 10:42 am
Ohh Man... I know someone who would be a good Mayor! Although I would miss Boss Hogg with a cigarRead More in his mouth.
Clark Guy 4 February 5, 2014 at 10:55 am
That's a cigar?...better get my glasses checked.
StAgnesSchoolRocks February 21, 2014 at 09:20 am
The teachers and staff don't compare to any other school in the area, public or private! ST AGNESRead More SCHOOL ROCKS!
StAgnesSchoolRocks February 21, 2014 at 09:23 am
can't wait to hear what the Pope has to say about all this!!! BTW Myers and Cohan, maybe they areRead More related??? same intentions for sure!!! money in their pocket, nice trips and vacations, cars and homes, keep closing those schools for that private jet you want!
bob barrett February 21, 2014 at 02:29 pm
I feel it is inappropriate to include father Cohan with the school closing to Myers with hisRead More extravagant expenditures for his personal use. I am sure the Archbishop will not be cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or buying groceries , cutting grass, maintaining the pools , snow removal etc.during his Golden years. How much is this going to cost our parishioners? But I must assume that he has been experiencing the perks for many years.