No pain at Paine event

In fact, it was all cheers and a good time at a dinner Saturday night in Morristown to commemorate Thomas Paine, the author of the famous words … “These are the times that try men’s souls” — and many other works.

The dinner was part of the county’s first Revolutionary Weekend and featured Paine himself — actually an actor.

The character Paine addressed the crowd a few times, went table to table and led the assemblage in some colonial-era drinking songs.

Paine was a true revolutionary and a man of great vision. In the late 1700s, he opposed slavery — before it was fashionable — and he also suppported expanding health care for citizens and a caring for the aged.  His opposition to the death penalty nearly got him executed while he was in France during the “reign of terror.”  He was gutsy enough to ridicule organized religion and those who see literal truth in the bible in his work — The Age of Reason.”

The organizers the weekend’s events  made a great choice in honoring Paine.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

8 Responses to No pain at Paine event

  1. Ed Ramirez says:

    Paine was a real thinking man and he would have accepted health care for a few hundred thousand people but the equation changes when the number is 330 million.

  2. Common Sense says:

    So, I guess that means what? Health care for the landed few? Or everyone is on there own? Or let them die in the streets (while eating cake)?

  3. Ed Ramirez says:


    Only a moron would want to change health care coverage for 290 milliom to give coverage to 40 million of which 15 million do not take part in thier employer plan because they do not want to pay the partial payment. The proble is that a lot opf people belive that a government Health Care plan woulf be free. If you think that healthcare cost are high now wait untell it is free.

  4. Common Sense says:

    I’m certainly not a moron (why would you infer such a thing anyway?) and I believe that current health care system has to change. Using your numbers, if you have 40 million citizens depending on a public assisted healthcare and think that is acceptable and will somehow “go away,” then you’d better re-think it. While shopping for a new plan, I was presented with the following options: Take a high-deductible “catastrophic” coverage at 850.00 per month; Take a “normal” plan at 1100.00-1900.00 per month, depending on the deductible; or go without. Maybe your plan is great, but insofar as employee partial payments are concerned, it really depends on the employer. Small outfits can provide the benefit of a group plan, but often the employee must pick up half to full cost. We shouldn’t have to play “Let’s make a Deal” with both the providers and insurance companies and no, health care doesn’t have to be free.

  5. Ed Ramirez says:

    Unless you are willing to force people to buy coverage than there is no way to get everyone covered? Even in Massachusetts where health care is mandatory there are people being fined because they do not buy coverage. I am sorry that you have had trouble finding coverage at a reasonable cost. You are looking in the wrong place coverage for a single person should run in the range of 5 to 7K and for a married person with children it will cost between 11 and 15 k. There are also alternative to these plans and you have to do the research. In New Jersey there is no reason for a child to be without coverage. The SCHIP program coverers kid to the age of 30.

  6. Common Sense says:

    The idea of forcing people into buying coverage under the current structure is one of the problems. The 11-15k per annum rates that you cite works out to be 916.00-1250.00 per month. It not very much different than the 850.00-1900.00 per month that I was quoted except at the top end. I know it’s hard for some to understand, but for many those rates mean the difference between having coverage and going without it. I find it interesting that you would cite SCHIP considering your prior comments.

  7. Ed Ramirez says:

    I did not say I liked the idea of a 30 year old child being covered by SCHIP but it is a fact. The program is here and that is that. The truth about coverage is that is 40 years of working I have been covered by every employer and that is how most people are covered. Under the Obama plan people covered by their employer will pay a 3.5 percent tax on all their income. if you make 50 thousand dollars a year the will be an additional 1750 dollars a year in taxes.

  8. Common Sense says:

    Most people–meaning NJ, or the entire nation? The truth about your coverage isn’t the truth for everyone. What do you purpose to do about those 40 million uninsured and the 15 million “slackers” who are to cheap (or canot afford) to contribute to an employer health plan?

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