I Have a Gripe

August 21, 2010

Fishing Licenses ARE Important!

Filed under: Laws,New Jersey,Outdoors — alvb1227 @ 2:08 am
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Don’t remember if I ever mentioned it here before, but I am quite the avid fly angler. I fish with my husband whenever we have some spare time. From ponds, to streams, to lakes to rivers…we love them all!

Now why am I telling you all this? Because the last few times I have been fishing, the only individuals I have seen displaying fishing licenses are the other anglers I know.

NJ Fishing License Information…

“Anyone age 16 and older must have a valid license (see Exceptions) to fish the fresh waters of New Jersey with handline, rod and line, or longbow and arrow. This includes privately owned lakes and other waters. New Jersey does not require a general saltwater fishing license but there are a limited number of saltwater licenses and permits required.”

What are the exceptions you may ask? Anyone younger than 16, older than 70 or farmers and family members that live on a farm do not need a license to fish on their farm, but must obey all fishing regulations.

While some complain about the cost of the different licenses are too high, they have no problem complaining when fish stocking is reduced or state parks have reduced hours or are closed completely. I also know some that copy their license from year to year and just adjust the year to avoid paying the license fee each year. Well, where you do think those funds come from???

So, I say suck it up, teach your kids how to follow the laws and buy a fishing license. And while you are at it, trying following “catching and release” laws.

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August 14, 2010

Obama, the Secret Service and Seaside Heights

This past week, the Secret Service paid a visit to Lucky Leo’s in Seaside Heights regarding a game with a caricature of President Obama. In the game, the different life-size caricatures are holding plates and people get to throw balls at them to try to break the plates.

Many complained that having President Obama as part of the game is in poor taste and it could “encourage” individuals to try to hurt the president.

Ultimately, the game owner caved and replaced President Obama. With who you might ask? President Bush. They also included Hillary Clinton to show they were “balanced.”

Now, I ask, why is it OK to remove President Obama and replace him with President Bush? If the game is in poor taste, why is the replacement of one President with another? And why is that acceptable to the Secret Service? And doesn’t the Secret Service have more important things to do?

Just another one of those things that makes you go hmmmmm.

August 3, 2010

It is Just in Poor Taste

Filed under: Manipulation,New York,Security,Terrorism — alvb1227 @ 1:31 pm
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The entire country has been talking about the proposed Mosque and cultural center developers would like to be built in the shadow of Ground Zero. This has been very controversial and it seems like everyone has an opinion. Well, I think it is time to share mine.

First, let me say that I do not believe all Muslims are terrorists. Far from it, in fact. I also do not believe those who oppose this proposed Mosque are “fear mongers,” “bigots” or whatever other names people in favor of this project have used to describe them.

Do I have a problem with a Mosque and cultural center being built in lower Manhattan? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with the specific location of this one? You bet I do!

I have heard all the news reports and read online about the questionable funding for this project and I do believe it should be researched fully. If it turns out the funds come from legal sources, then fine. Just please build this in another location.

Maybe this sounds very “Martha Stewart-like,” but this whole project is just in poor taste. Why must this organization build this Mosque steps from Ground Zero? I find this personally offensive. Just like everyone in the United States, I will never forget where I was when I heard about the attack, how the day progressed and the feelings that went through me. I remember driving home from work and seeing and smelling the smoke (I lived in Belleville, NJ at the time) and how it stuck in my throat. Not long after the Towers fell, a friend’s father took me into “the pit” and it just left me speechless.

Can we legally block this? Probably not. I guess this is one of the “down-sides” of living in such a wonderful and free country. This is where you hope common sense kicks in, which is obviously not happening here.

At the end of the day, most reasonable Americans will understand why those affected directly by 9-11 are opposed to this project. Additionally. while I am hoping this development organization will do the right thing and move this project to another location, I doubt this is going to happen. And if people call me a bigot or fear monger because I oppose this project, then so be it.

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