Me and Public Relations

Yes,I will get to that. For now, just say that I learned that I am more a newspaper guy than a PR guy. And the trip to Trenton was not much fun.
In case you are wondering, I am now an editorial writer for the Bergen Record.


Back in action

OK, I’ve been away from this blogging stuff for a long time, but it’s time to start it up again .. Is anybody out there?

More on CCM and immigration

The Daily Record has a good editorial on the subject today _ almost as good as I used to write.¬† ūüôā

Seriously, the edit’s point is well taken, although those who reduce this complicated issue to an “invasion by aliens” will not be swayed by logic. That is sad.

And what is sadder is that the Morris County freeholders, a group that should be more dispassionate, agrees with them.

Freeholders looking backward

At last Wednesday’s freeholder meeting, board members made no negative comment on CCM’s revised policy to allow undocumented students to attend the college. Now I read that they want the policy to change. This view is one of small minds and cold hearts.

The change impacts students who HAVE GROWN UP IN THE UNITED STATES. These are youngsters who came here with their parents at a very young ago. The national debate over immigration has many facets; let’s not punish young people by putting up obstacles to education. Educating students serves society,

CCM has it right. 

We must also note that Bill Chegwidden, the freeholder director, is¬†a teacher in the Morris Hills district. One of the towns in that district is Wharton, which has a large Hispanic population. Surely, there must be students in the Morris Hills district who are here illegally _ some may even be in one of Chegwidden’s class. Should we expel them and put them on the street?

Here’s hoping the CCM board of trustrees holds firm to its position.

Three cheers for Rodney

At varying times on this blog, I have disagreed with Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-Harding.  But today, I must praise him.

Our local congressman was one of the few Republicans in the House to oppose cutting federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Good for him.

That prompted a group of Right to Lifers to demonstrate outside his legislative office in Morristown on Friday. Protests are what America is all about.

At the same time, it is heartening to see Frelinghuysen¬†break with most of his GOP colleagues on this issue.¬† Planned Parenthood backs a woman’s right to an abortion, but in addition to that, it promotes and provides needed health services for many women. It’s good to see that Frelinghuysen understands that.

Ted Doty

 Ted Doty died this week.  It is something I write with sadness, given the fact Ted was one of the most frequent posters on this blog.
I first met Ted years ago when he ran for mayor of Rockaway Township. Things did not go all that well. We did not endorse him and that bothered him. Over the years, however, our relationship improved. Ted was the type of guy that every municipality should have — someone who goes to public meetings and makes a nuisance of himself. He raised issues and wrote letters on topics that displeased the powers that be.

During the lengthy hearings on Christ Church’s application to build on Green Pond Road, Doty took the right position _ supporting the church’s right to exist.¬† That was contrary to the views of a majority of residents, but Doty did not mind. In the end, the church’s application was approved and a temporary structure has been at the site for about two years .

More recently, Doty was a critic of the board of education, specifically its finances. He attended meeting and wrote numerous letters to the Daily Record espousing his views. The school board, sadly, responded in a child-like fashion. It yanked its legal advertising out of the Daily Record because we published Doty’s letters.

On this blog, Ted also carried on a running dialogue on a variety of issues with a man who identified himself merely as “P.”¬†¬† Such is the ways of a blog.

I mourn his passing and express sympathy to his family. Ted Doty spoke his mind and argued for the truth as he saw it. And that was a good thing.

Praise from Freeholder Nordstrom — sort of :)

Ran into Margaret Nordstom at last night’s freeholder meeting and she greeted me by saying:

“I never thought I’d say this, but I miss your editorials.”

I took it as high praise!