I Have a Gripe

June 30, 2010

A Love for My State

Filed under: New Jersey,New York,Outdoors — alvb1227 @ 11:15 pm

For the last few days, my husband and I were at the famous Jersey Shore. We stayed in Wildwood Crest in one of the classic motels just across from the beach. We spent days “walking the boards” having pizza, Kohr’s Frozen Custard and having salt water taffy. We went to the Lobster House and then headed into Cape May, my absolutely favorite shore spot!

I am sorry to say this was my first trip down the shore in years. I forgot how much I loved it. Glenn and I even had a discussion about if we had to choose one – the shore or fishing in New York State – it would be tough. I love the Catskills and Glenn loves the Adirondacks.

What was the most interesting part? The Wi-Fi signal was a bit weak so I wasn’t able to use my computer. What did I do? I relaxed on the deck outside our room. I read…for pleasure! Not computer manuals or best practices books. I got half-way through The River Why. So far, it is great! I relaxed. I wasn’t physically attached to my computer. I can’t remember the last time that hasn’t happened.

So why am I telling you all this? Because I want to remind everyone how great New Jersey really is. Yes, we are the butt-end of plenty of jokes, but we who live here know better. Get re-introduced to your state and remember why you love it.

Signed, a proud Jersey Girl

June 15, 2010

New Jersey’s Libraries on the Chopping Block

Filed under: Economy,government,New Jersey — alvb1227 @ 9:21 pm

Everyone in New Jersey knows the Governor has a tough job trying to get the state’s budget under control. He has done some things since in office I agree with and others I have not. I was appreciative that he spoke about the difference between the teacher’s union and teachers. I am not happy he hasn’t re-opened the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Education Center on weekends. The latest item on the chopping block however, goes too far; New Jersey’s public libraries.

The proposed state budget calls for a 74% cut in funding to our libraries. This would eliminate inter-library loan system, just about completely wipe out internet access (which many need right now due to the high rate of unemployment) and more. This would total about $10 million in cuts.

Since I was a child, I loved the library.  I always found solace in the bookstacks at the old Seton Hall library in college. I even considered becoming a librarian at one point. I can’t imagine these wonderful community resources not available to New Jersey’s residents.

I urge everyone to check out the Save My NJ Library to learn more about the proposed budget cuts and what citizens can do to help.

June 7, 2010

Helen Thomas “Retires” After Six Decades

Filed under: government,Politics,United States government — alvb1227 @ 9:03 pm

After six decades, Helen Thomas has “retired” from political journalism following controversial remarks made about how Israel should “get the Hell out of Palestine.”

Now I have thought for ages she should be out of that special seat in that White House press room, but I guess those in the press corps respected her history covering the Executive Branch of the federal government. I remember her being quite rude to Presidents Bush and President-Elect Clinton in the Oval Office regarding President Bush meeting with Clinton prior to him taking office. Clinton was trying to be gracious saying he appreciated Bush (Sr.) taking the time to me with him; that he didn’t have to do it. She blurts out “yes, he does.” I tried to find video of it and wasn’t able to; I’ll keep looking.

While initially I was happy that she was finally given the boot (let’s face it, she was forced to retire), I can’t help but feel sad for her. She was the first serious female journalist to cover the White House and broke the journalism glass ceiling for thousands of women who want to work in journalism (like me). She was the first female president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the first female officer of the National Press Club. She was respected enough that even after she began to work at Hearst as a columnist, she still held the front and center seat at all press briefings. From all that greatness, she has turned into a bitter old woman who should’ve legitimately retired about two decades ago.

Instead she will be remembered more for her dumb comments on camera at the end of her career, instead of her amazing, ground-breaking life in the world of national political journalism. So, yes, I am sad.

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