Supreme Court Decisions Dividing America

Four Supreme Court judges are in their late 70’s, so relating to the current generation for them must be extremely difficult.   Perhaps it is time to add some Aricept to their hot milk before they go to bed every night, so that the possibility of clarity is thrust upon them the following day, particularly when they are making critical decisions that affect the lives of the young people in this country.    Instead it appears that Cardinal Egan’s limo driver may be sneaking into the Courtroom ...
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Fort Lee High School Fundraising: Success 101

Fundraising for Fort Lee High School has had a “banner” year.  With several community members donating their time and effort, the Fort Lee High School athletic programs have reaped the benefits. Unfortunately, the Fort Lee Board of Education budget is insufficient to provide uniforms, new equipment, and other necessities for our athletic teams. While there are many people in the community who fail to understand the budget restrictions, there are others who have taken the initiative to remedy ...
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Fort Lee Democratic Primary: Defeat Carpetbagger Paul K. Yoon on Ballot

Definition: CARPETBAGGER (cartoon photo by Robert Ariail) From U.S. History: A Northerner to went to the South after the Civil War in order to profiteer from the unsettled social and political conditions of this area during the Reconstruction period. Modern:  Any opportunistic or EXPLOITIVE outsider in business or GOVERNMENT; e.g. an individual having recently moved to Fort Lee with NO VESTED INTEREST IN THIS COMMUNITY, who is running for Borough Council, who is sponsored by an individu...
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Be Terrified! De Blasio has arrived

Living in Fort Lee, we often ignore the politics of New York City in spite of the fact that it is our next door neighbor.   But when an individual that is ultra-progressive to the point where the word “communist” is being whispered, it might tend to get our attention. On April 16, 2014, The NY Times reported that Bill De Blasio had declared Al Sharpton “a blessing”.  After half the population of NYC regurgitated their breakfast at this statement, they must have realized how desperate De B...
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The “Black Widow” Strikes a Blow for Democracy

Scarlett Johannson is dazzling as “Black Widow” in”Iron Man 2”and “The Avengers”.  She is intriguing in “Lost in Translation” and enigmatic in “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.  Woody Allen appears enamored of her, as he has cast her in three of his films, including Vicki Cristina Barcelona, one of his most successful films. Scarlett began her film career at the age of 9, and has established herself over the last twenty years as a force to be reckoned with!  She has graced the cover of numerou...
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Modular Classrooms/ Trailers Proposed in Fort Lee

At recent BOE meetings, Evelyn Tsugranis, the School #2 PTA president, has requested that the Board members search for a more suitable alternative to the placing of “trailers” by School #2 for the upcoming school year.  While my sympathies lie with her, as it is a tragic circumstance that has resulted in modular classrooms usurping playground areas at School #2, it is a fait accompli.  I assume that she believes that the Board members have neither explored nor considered other alternatives.   No...
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Severe Winter = Snow = School on Saturday in Fort Lee

At Monday’s BOE meeting on February 10, 2013, the Board members brought attention to the current crisis in our schools.   CBS News and other media outlets attended, not just because of “Bridgegate”, but because the same crisis facing Fort Lee is affecting schools across the nation.  For lack of a better title, let’s call this the National School Snow Crisis of 2014. To be clear, the NSSC is an artificial crisis created by inflexible regulations regarding school days and state funding.   P...
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Common Core Curriculum: Does it benefit our students?!!

CORE Curriculum, where a possible acronym for CORE could be “Concepts of Robotic Education”, is the newest institution to invade our school systems.  If there was ever a program to stifle creativity and innovative teaching, CORE may be the ultimate development.   The whole theory behind it is “rotten to the Core”.  It is based on a false premise, i.e. if every teacher instructs in the same way, with exactly the same material, the students will benefit. From ask.com, the definition of “cor...
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Fort Lee is Finally Famous

Fort Lee is finally on the map. We are officially famous, having been in the “national news” all week.     To loosely quote Alan Keller, upstanding local citizen, “prior to this episode, the only individual in Fort Lee who believed we were famous was Tom Meyers”.  Of course, we all understand that Tom receives a nice salary as Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission and is thus obligated to believe that Fort Lee is important.  None of us every doubted that Chris Christie had an ego. So why s...
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