The Daily Point
On Monday night the Pascack Valley Board of Education voted six to one in favor of a policy that will allow male students identifying as female to use the women’s restroom and locker room. It’s been called a policy that will eliminate discrimination of transgender students, one that will comply with anti-bullying laws and something that is necessary to address a serious issue. What issue is that exactly? Is this a problem so rampant among school children that it requires a policy that will change the nature of gender specific teams, restrooms and locker rooms?
We’ve become so accustomed to the mandatory recycling programs in our communities that barely anyone dares question the motivation, the logic and certainly not the cost. As the NJ legislature considers a bottle and can tax for Garden Staters (in political speak: deposit) I thought it would be the perfect time to bring up the subject. The mandatory recycling goes back to the late 1980’s so for many kids today they only know what’s been promoted by the government through aggressive campaigning and yes, propaganda spread through ‘Green Initiatives’ in school on taxpayer funds. Of course to find out why a failed idea (speaking specifically to government programs) is so widely implemented and praised all ya gotta do is #FollowTheMoney…
Had a great conversation with New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck earlier today on the morning show. It’s clear that she’s one of the few Jersey politicians who’s not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for her constituents. Our conversation ranged from Atlantic City to the Gas Tax to whether she was considering a run for Governor. Best part was that she was able to jump right into the conversation immediately as she walked in from the parking lot. No delay, no break, just a real conversation about issues impacting you.
It’s time for the municipal government in Seaside Park to step up and allow the free market to flourish once again! Since 2010 there’s been a ban on food trucks having access to Ocean Avenue. It’s been said that the ban was about public safety and possibly to protect the restaurants already established in the town.
Notwithstanding the provisions of any ordinance to the contrary, no trailer or semitrailer designed for the hauling or transportation of goods or merchandise, or truck tractor designed for the hauling of such trailer or semitrailer, shall be located, maintained or stored on any premises, or any street in the Borough of Seaside Park, whether resting on wheels, blocks, or other support, except for the active delivery of goods, equipments and/or material to such premises.
Had a great opportunity this morning to have a conversation with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. He’s a thoughtful, intelligent leader committed to bringing his city out of the financial mess it’s current suffering through. The war of words in Trenton has been stepped up recently as Governor Christie pulled no punches regarding the bill to allow the state to takeover the operations and finances of Atlantic City. Going so far as to say that if Guardian were a CEO of a company the board would have him fired.
You never know what you’re gonna get when you bring a bear to the studio. Bailey the bear cub from Great Adventure was a hit on my morning radio show and on Chasing News. Although I did blog about the segment with the bear yesterday, I thought mentioning what happened last night on New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask The Governor” was worth another bear-related post.
Today’s blog is a little lighter…sort of…I brought in a very special guest to the radio show this morning. Bailey the bear cub from Great Adventure joined me on set. Now not everyone was thrilled with the idea of having a bear on the radio…”You know this is radio right?” Was said on more than one occasion. But, I thought, people love animals, the bear is still a cub and we’ll live stream it on Facebook. It was either going to be the worst idea I’ve had in awhile, or the best. Why don’t you judge for yourself.
Presidential campaign politics has hit a new low. We’ve lost our way and now only practice the politics of personal attacks instead of politics. The current campaign is why people hate politics and politicians. Really? Here’s a news flash, this campaign isn’t the first dirty one, and it’s by far not the worst.
The minimum wage is back in the news in New Jersey with a vengeance. Much to the chagrin of small & independent businesses and many economists, the New Jersey legislature is poised to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next few years.
New Jersey’s current minimum wage is $8.38. Voters in 2013 approved a $1 hike up to $8.25, along with linking future increases to inflation. The first adjustment due to inflation occurred in 2015, but the minimum wage stayed the same for 2016 because there was no inflation last year.
Last month, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-Hudson) announced they’re backing legislation to hike the wage to at least $15 by 2021. Under the Democrats’ bill, the minimum wage would jump initially to $10.10, with subsequent annual increases until it gets over $15.
Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview a local actor, Joe Halsey, about a short film he produced and directed which will premier at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City next Friday. Joe’s a Jersey actor who’s played the role of cops and drug dealers on shows like Law and Order, Guiding Light and One Life to Live. His current film debuting next Friday is about an issue that is personal to him, physician assisted suicide.