Monday, December 27, 2010
Good morning! It's been awhile, but this is a time for an update. First, the negative. Here in New Jersey, we recently decided to have a lt. governor so the senate president would not wear two hats should the governor be away. OK. Made sense. We have a lieutenant governor with a salary, staff, pension, etc. BUT both Kim and Chris are away so Steve Sweeney is acting governor! Why did we bother? Personally, I feel if the governor decides to leave the state, the lieutenant governor must stay in New Jersey. Is it fair? Who knows, but RHIP!! Now the positive. Neighbors. During the last 24 hours my neighbors have been a goodsend. The front of my house has been shoveled and salted, my car brought back, and a good portion of the street cleared for parking. Special thanks to Michael Ley, Jason Neill, and Brian Nugent. Yesterday afternoon, Michael Ley and his lovely wife asked all the residents if anything was needed - you know the drill, milk, bread, toilet paper. They then took the lists and went shopping. Ever since moving to Trenton 25 years ago, I noticed a true sense of being a neighbor; this is, I believe, a Trentonian strong point. We are a lucky to live in such a culture. Stay warm. Remember, "After winter follows green May." PHS
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
For many years, I considered George Washington to be more lucky than intelligent, but he made a very intelligent decision that I admire. When it was time to build a capital city, he formed the District of Columbia. It stands alone. No state is responsible. Perhaps it is time to form the District of New Jersey (or whatever). Simply remove the area occupied by state government to a separate district. Since the government will no longer be in Trenton, Trenton need no longer worry about the amount of property tax money we do not receive. I've never held the state government responsible for Trenton's financial woes; every weekday I drive downtown and see the people walking around most of whom are state employees), I realize the city would be dead without them. If you don't agree, drive through downtown Trenton on a Saturday morning. Further, take a good look at West Street from Calhoun to Willow. It is a lovely section; lots of flowers in the spring, well kept buildings. And I am still trying to find out the percentage of property in Trenton owned by the city, i.e., Cadwaladar Park, the schools, city hall, the neighborhood parks, etc. Have a nice day.