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>People’s Tool Kit’ offers ways to rein in spending

>People’s Tool Kit’ offers ways to rein in spending

 If you’re impatiently waiting for state government to deliver the much-ballyhooed toolkit, a good-government group is pitching some do-it-yourself projects it says can ease your property taxes. (Symons, Gannet)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20101112/NEWS01/11120325/-People-s-Tool-Kit-offers-ways-to-rein-in-spending

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>Backlash grows over TSA’s ‘naked strip searches’

>Backlash grows over TSA’s ‘naked strip searches’

Two months ago, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the federal stimulus legislation would pay for the purchase of hundreds of controversial full-body scanners.

“Through the Recovery Act, we are able to continue our accelerated deployment of enhanced technology as part of our layered approach to security at airports nationwide,” Napolitano said at the time.

The number of scanners has roughly doubled since Napolitano’s announcement and they are now found in 68 U.S. airports, and the Transportation Security Administration says the controversial devices have proven to be a success.

“We have received minimal complaints,” a TSA spokeswoman told CNET yesterday. She said that the agency, part of DHS, keeps track of air traveler complaints and has not seen a significant rise.

A growing number of airline passengers, labor unions, and advocacy groups, however, say the new procedures–a choice of full-body scans or what the TSA delicately calls “enhanced pat-downs”–go too far. (They were implemented without much fanfare in late October, amid lingering questions (PDF) about whether travelers are always offered a choice of manual screening.)

Unions representing U.S. Airways pilots, American Airlines pilots, and some flight attendants are advising their members to skip the full-body scans, even if it means that their genitals are touched. Air travelers are speaking out online, with a woman saying in a YouTube video her breasts were “twisted,” and ExpressJet pilot Michael Roberts emerging as an instant hero after he rejected both the body scanning and “enhanced pat-downs” options and was unceremoniously ejected from the security line from Memphis International Airport.

One lawsuit has been filed and at least two more are being contemplated. There are snarky suggestions for what TSA actually stands for, attempts at grope-induced erotic fiction, and now even a movie.

These privacy concerns, and in a few cases even outright rebellion, come as an estimated 24 million travelers are expected to fly during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday season. One Web site, OptOutDay.com, is recommending what might be called strict civil obedience: it suggests that all air travelers on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving, choose “to opt-out of the naked body scanner machines” that amount to “virtual strip searches.”

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20022477-281.html#ixzz1548MIVms

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>THE LOOK OF THE TOWN IS CHANGING FOR THE WORSE

>THE LOOK OF THE TOWN IS CHANGING FOR THE WORSE

“Is sports participation important for kids and their future?” is a red herring. Willingness to assault the fields’ countless neighbors all over town (and no, I do not live near any fields) with lights, noise, badly parked cars, and unruly participants, and acting as if that is par for the course, is callous and unforgivable.

NIMBY? The entire town is our back yard. Sure, the owners knew there were fields there when they bought their houses, but didn’t realize they were moving next to Yankee Stadium. And this appalling situation goes beyond even that.

THE LOOK OF THE TOWN IS CHANGING FOR THE WORSE because of the unacceptable clout of those who are not working for the greater good, as they claim. Merely driving around Citizens Park one night I was nearly blinded by the lights and gasped in shock. The poles are higher than the trees, the lamps are much too bright, and the whole setup is hideous 24 hours a day. Encountering the sudden glare after driving down a dark street may well cause traffic accidents. What about the waste of electricity when we’re about to have incandescent light removed from our lives?

What about blackouts, brownouts, surges? The whole thing is simply appalling. Why couldn’t just one field have been set up with lights and everyone invited to see how it looked? The answer would have been “Dreadful–get it out of there.” But no–hurry hurry, install them all and it’s too late. The town must stop accepting big donations (in this case, not nearly big enough to cover the tab) for things that are inherently bad and not generally wanted.

And when neighbors reasonably complain, they are ignored or insulted. How can things have come to this pass? Anybody who had anything to do with installing these lights and P.A. systems should be replaced. Learn who they are and VOTE in the spring.

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>Winberie’s on Oak Street Is Closing : Update

>Winberie’s on Oak Street Is Closing : Update

Park Steakhouse, which was originally suppose to move into Radiccio’s
on Franklin Turnpike, is taking over Winberie’s and also bought
their liquor license.

They were suppose to open the steakhouse in the Radiccio’s spot with a limited liquor license that the town sold last year. I am curious where did that money go??

Basically, the limited liquor license does not allow for a regular bar area.Park will now re-sell that license.

Well, at least another sushi place!!!!

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>Poll finds widespread support for state worker layoffs

>Poll finds widespread support for state worker layoffs

Poll finds support for state worker cuts

TRENTON, N.J. — A new poll finds widespread support for state worker layoffs, furloughs and wage freezes to combat New Jersey’s fiscal woes. (The Associated Press)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20101111/NEWS02/101111004/Poll-finds-support-for-state-worker-cuts

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>NJEA has a problem with the truth

>NJEA has a problem with the truth

Gov. Christie, speaking with kids in Trenton at a boys and girls club, said what a lot of other New Jersey residents think about most districts closing schools so the teachers’ union can convene at the Shore for an annual conference. (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)

http://blogs.app.com/politicspatrol/2010/11/11/njea-has-a-problem-with-the-truth/

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>U.S. Debt Proposal Would Cut Social Security, Taxes, Medicare

>U.S. Debt Proposal Would Cut Social Security, Taxes, Medicare

By Heidi Przybyla and Brian Faler – Nov 11, 2010 4:12 AM ET

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-10/deficit-reduction-panel-s-plan-would-seek-to-cut-social-security-medicare.html

A plan offered by the leaders of President Barack Obama’s commission to reduce the federal deficit might work. It just won’t happen.

The co-chairmen proposed a $3.8 trillion deficit-cutting plan yesterday that would trim Social Security and Medicare, reduce income-tax rates and eliminate tax breaks including the mortgage-interest deduction. It would reduce the annual deficit from $1.3 trillion this year to about $400 billion by 2015 and start reducing the $13.7 trillion national debt.

“Mathematically it apparently works,” said Stan Collender, a former Democratic House and Senate budget analyst and managing director of Qorvis Communications in Washington. “Politically, it is going to have a lot of trouble getting support from more than just the two co-chairs.”

The plan would raise gas taxes, slash defense spending and farm subsidies and bring down health-care costs by clamping down on medical malpractice suits. The Social Security retirement age would rise to 68 in about 2050 and 69 in about 2075.

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>VETERAN’S DAY : Ceremony to Honor Veterans in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square

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VETERAN’S DAY : Ceremony to Honor Veterans in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
All are Invited to Attend –

American Legion Post 53 presents – Thursday, November 11th at 11AM – Ceremony to Honor Veterans in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square in the center of Downtown Ridgewood. Bring a blanket, sit on the grass or benches; warm-up with coffee and bagels to HONOR OUR VETERANS!

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