This morning as we do every Friday on New Jersey 101.5 and on Chasing News. we honored a member of New Jersey’s law enforcement community. Today’s honoree is Sgt. Greg Bogert who has been serving as a member of the Riverdale Police Department for the past 18 years. Responding to a call for a possible suicide attempt on a bridge on Route 287, he acted so quickly going on instinct that he was able to stop the man from jumping. The video speaks for itself.
Today on Chasing News we had quite a discussion on the Humane Society bringing in dogs from Korea to spare them from being slaughtered for human consumption. Human consumption?!? Dog meat restaurants and dog farms are not only a part of certain cultures, they’re abundant. The very thought of eating a dog is repugnant to me, and I’m guessing you as well. We’ve had family dogs from breeders and even rescued a couple over the years so dogs are a part of our family.
What a morning. Spent almost two hours on the show this morning talking with the founder and leaders of the Center for Great Expectations. It’s a Jersey based group focused on helping homeless women with substance addictions. Peg Wright founded the organization in 1998 based on inspiration she received from a Catholic nun. Dr. Debbie Ruisard is the clinical director for the center and both women were with me at New Jersey 101.5 this morning. Many of the women that they have been treating recently have been caught up in the serious heroin epidemic which has been gripping the nation and New Jersey in particular in recent years.
Heroin death-rate in New Jersey per 100,000 — more than three times the national average
OK. It’s here. #NationalPretzelDay. In honor of the event I stopped at Wawa to bring soft pretzels to the dedicated hard working crew at Chasing News. Don’t worry, NJ 101.5, yours are coming too. Believe or not I don’t have a political opinion on pretzels, nor do I want to rant for or against carbs and processed wheat products. Although I did read ‘Wheat Belly’ and didn’t eat wheat for a couple months. I felt great and more fit that I’d felt in years. But I had to stop…cuz, pretzels.
Political reality is exposed this cycle more than most. I’ve discussed the brutal nature of politics before, specifically that the vitriol between the candidates this cycle is no worse than many elections going back to the founding of the nation. So it’s not the vicious nature of the battle for the White House that is any different this election. It’s always been a brutal path filled with vitriolic personal attacks and I believe it will continue to as long as we’re electing Presidents.
To some people today is #EarthDay…to me it’s #FossilFuelAppreciationDay. Having been fed propaganda for decades about needing to feel guilty for printing emails, driving less-than-fuel efficient cars and using natural gas from fracking to power our home, I thought it was worth looking into and challenging some of the common myths.
Sometimes you need a palate cleanser after a tough topic yesterday defending the legacy of President Andrew Jackson. And sometimes you need a hot dog with mac and cheese and…Froot Loops. Yup, the Cleveland Indians came up with a hot dog topped with bacon Mac & Cheese and the popular breakfast cereal.
The only thing we didn’t have is the bacon in the mac & cheese. But it was delicious. Really.
The oversized, savory hot dog in a sturdy roll fit for a Philly cheesesteak, creamy, saucy macaroni & cheese, with just the right amount of crusty topping and of course the sweet crunch of the Froot Loops. It sounds crazy and editorials are already bashing the sandwich…even Chasing Hank today on the Chasing set made typical crack about America and obesity. I say, ignore the critics. If you live in Cleveland, get to the ballpark and enjoy. If not, get to the store and put the sandwich together at home. You won’t regret it, I know I‘ll be back for another round.
Enough with the sanitizing of American history. In a cowardly backtrack, the Treasury Secretary has changed course and will leave Alexander Hamilton on the Ten Dollar Bill. But he’ll now move to strike Andrew Jackson from the Twenty. Although he did get it half-right with Hamilton, why the move against Jackson?
Had a great conversation with New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno this morning during her visit to NJ 101.5. She had originally been scheduled to come on my show as she’s done several times before, to discuss the NJ job market and the jobs that have been created over the past year in the private sector. The challenge was that I had started the morning off talking about heroin in Jersey, specifically reacting to Governor Christie’s comments yesterday about how many lives Narcan has saved over the past year and a half. Anytime you bring up addiction, specifically the growing heroin epidemic, the phones get flooded with calls from concerned parents, former addicts and friends of people who have fallen victim to the drug. Gotta give the LG credit, she rolled with the new topic immediately and was helpful to several callers calling about the red tape at our state clinics preventing some people from getting the help they need when they need it. Obviously we weren’t going to solve the heroin problem in a couple hours on the radio but as she pointed out, keeping the conversation going is critical as we work toward solutions.
It’s Monday. Of course like you, I love the weekends. Years ago during my real estate career, I remember when one of the company’s top executives, Philip Waddington retired, he said something in his retirement speech that has always stuck with me. “No more Sunday nights.” Hmm. It’s a good point. But I also like to embrace the coming week and look at Mondays as the start of another 5 days of opportunity. My Monday starts almost immediately as I get up around 3am. The first order of business is to start looking through the latest news posts on www.nj1015.com, Twitter and the various emails from news sources from around the nation and in our area. This morning I was struck by a post on NJ1015.com that asked the question…”Is Your Child Addicted To Video Game? NJ Therapist’s Advice For Parents.”