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Featured School Board Candidate: Timothy J. O'Neill

Candidates tell Collingswood Patch why they're running for the three open seats on this year's board of education.

Before polls open on Wednesday, April 27, find out more about candidates running for seats on Collingswood Public School District's Board of Education.

This year, six candidates will run for three open seats on the school board.

This segment will give Collingswood Patch readers the chance to compare candidate views before voting day.

District residents may vote at one of four polling locations in town. Each of the following poll sites will be open to voters from 2 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

  • Zane-North Elementary School—801 Stokes Ave., Collingswood
  • Collingswood Community Center—30 West Collings Ave., Collingswood
  • Scottish Rite Auditorium Ballroom—315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood
  • Collingswood Public Library—771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
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    SUNDAY'S FEATURED CANDIDATE: Timothy J. O'Neill

    Age—59 years old

    Hometown—Collingswood

    Family—O'Neill is married and has two children.

    Previous School Board Experience—O'Neill is a newcomer to this year's election.

    Community Service—O'Neill is a four-year member of New Jersey's One Plan One Nation Health Care Coalition. He's also a seven-year member of Progressive Democracy South Jersey/Progressive Democrats of America's South Jersey Chapter. O'Neill has also served on South Jersey's Health Care Coalition for six years.

    Reasons for Running—"The fact that I never had kids is one reason for my not having ever having previously considered running for school board."

    Changes Proposed—"I don't know exactly what I can change. All I can really tell you right now is that my participation on the board, and any decisions I make, will be because I am a product of—and a believer in—the public education system."

    Action Plan for Proposed Changes—"I don't agree with banning books from the school library; it stifles the students' growth. I don't agree with the public funding of private/charter schools, especially when that funding cuts into our school budget. In my opinion, the freeholders and the legislature have been listening to the rhetoric of those who have been attacking our public education for their own profit, or anti-government ideology, for so long they have forgotten what 'public' means. I may not be the most politically-correct person on the ballot, or in Collingswood, but it is who I am. It is the principles I live my life by that are the reason I am on the ballot. I have always believed the if, 'You can't be part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.'"  


     

     

     

     

    Saturday's Featured Candidate, Joan E. Smith:

    • Age—56 years old
    • Hometown—28-year Collingswood resident
    • Family—Smith is married with three children, all of who are graduates of Collingswood Public School District.
    • Previous School Board Experience—Smith, an incumbent to this year’s election, currently holds a seat on Collingswood’s Board of Education, where she’s served for 12 years. Smith has served on all committees within the board, including Curriculum; Buildings, Grounds and Finance; Personnel; and Student Activities. 
    • Community Service—Smith served as president of James A. Garfield Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for four years, president of Collingswood High School PTA for three years, and as chair of Collingswood ZONE PTA for two years. Smith served on the Collingswood Holiday Parade Committee for seven years.
    • Reasons for Running—"I have always been passionate about our schools, and feel that each child should have the same opportunity."
    • Changes Proposed—"To continue to promote our literacy initiative, getting every student to enjoy the world of reading, to continue to promote math and science so each student will leave high school with an understanding of the world they are about to enter, and by expanding technological advancement in each classroom in a clean and safe environment."

     

     

    Friday's Featured Candidate, Fiona Henry:

    • Age—43 years old
    • Hometown—Collingswood
    • Family—Henry is married with three children, all of whom are students in the Collingswood Public School District.
    • Previous School Board Experience—Henry, an incumbent to this year’s election, is finishing up a current term on the Collingswood school board. Henry began her term in September 2010, filling an interim seat. 
    • Community Service—Henry served as treasurer of Thomas Sharp Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for two years, and its president for three years. Currently, Henry is treasurer of Collingswood Middle School PTA, and a member of the Elementary Education Committee. 
    • Reasons for Running—"I have had the opportunity and the privilege to be selected to serve on the Collingswood Board of Education since 2010. Prior to that, I have been committed to education at many levels. My master’s degree in education and 13 years experience teaching (grades seven through college-level) directly invests me in the educational process. I believe in our public education system. Collingswood has strong schools that will be able to survive recent media and government criticism and budget challenges. As a proud, 15-year Collingswood resident and an active volunteer, I am committed to community—and our schools are the foundation."
    • Changes Proposed—"Continue to explore and support initiatives to integrate 21st-century workforce readiness skills into the educational process. Explore options for environmentally sustainable solutions to create healthier learning environments at lower operational costs. Develop school budgets that demonstrate fiscal responsibility while maintaining the academic achievement of our students as the number-one priority. Assess curricular initiatives to provide successful and challenging learning opportunities for all students."
    • Action Plan for Proposed Changes—"Support a curriculum including global awareness, team-building, working collaboratively, problem-solving and an understanding of concepts such as the roles of civics and economy in the workplace and society. Encourage relationships with community groups, businesses and industry to afford opportunities to students that go beyond traditional classroom wall and provide a real-world context to the learning. Research sustainable solutions to improve the facilities while also ‘greening’ the curriculum by teaching sustainability literacy and a ‘systems thinking’ approach. Continue to support the board’s commitment to implement unique and innovative opportunities that meet or exceed the educational needs of our students. This involves raising standards across the curriculum while creating new opportunities for every student to succeed according to his or her individual needs, this giving our students the skills needed to enter college and the workplace as reliable and competent citizens. Investigate opportunities for shared services, and creative means for revenue to responsibly manage the budget while still providing artistic, academic, and athletic experiences that make up a quality school life for our students.”

     

     

    Thursday's Featured Candidate, Harry "Buddy" Hart:

    • Name, as it Will Appear on Ballot—Harry Hart
    • Age—52 years old
    • Hometown—Collingswood
    • Family—Hart is married with six children, three of which have graduated from Collingswood Public School District, and one is a current Collingswood student.
    • Previous School Board Experience—Hart is a newcomer to this year’s election. 
    • Community Service—Hart served on Lawrenceville Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) for five years, on Collingswood Mayfair Committee for three years, and on Collingswood Holiday Parade Committee for five years. He's acted as Collingswood Recreational Soccer president for four years, coached both boys' and girls' Collingswood Recreational Basketball for three years each, and has volunteered as a room parent and classroom volunteer for Mark Newbie Elementary School. Hart served on the South Jersey Girls' Soccer League Board for two years, the Barrington Soccer Club Board for six years—and is current board president, a title he's held for three years. Hart has also spent five years as a select evaluator for South Jersey Soccer League, and four years as a New Jersey Youth Soccer ODP evaluator. 
    • Reasons for Running—"We are facing increased budget cuts. These cuts will affect our teachers, (district) programs, but most importantly the education and advancement of our students. As we prepare for these inevitable cuts, we need to better-explore and utilize alternative financial resources—through development, fundraising and maximizing the return from our resources. I feel, with my extensive background in development, I'd bring a unique skill-set that will be vital to the continued success of our schools."
    • Changes Proposed—"Alternative fundraising development, thinking outside the box with creative choices (geared toward) maximizing revenue on our assets."
    • Action Plan for Proposed Changes—"(I plan to make these changes) by utilizing and applying my 19 years experience as a fundraising consultant to the Lawrenceville School Development Department—where I developed, designed and ran all Alumni relations and major donor events. These events are the cornerstone of fundraising efforts. (Lawrenceville's) development department brings in excess of $30 million annually. I will call upon (my other consulting experience) with Newark Boys' and Girls' Club, YWCA/YMCA of Newark, The National Constitution Center, and numerous other development and fundraising programs. I will also draw upon (my educational consulting experience) working with the New Jersey State Museum in designing and performing educational assemblies, working at Creative Theater of Princeton doing freelance school assemblies, and as a staff member of McCarter Theatre of Princeton in the outreach department, where I wrote, performed and presented educational programs throughout the state in hundreds of public schools. I was on-staff at McCarter the year we won a Toni Award for Best Regional Theater. I am currently a consultant to the Education Information Recourse Center (EIRC) as a presenter in public schools. I also developed and co-directed TEAM, run under the wing of The Challenger Learning Center. TEAM is a program where girls combined STEM education and athletics to achieve athletic and academic excellence on-and-off the field. I am currently acquiring certification for tutoring students with dyslexia. I have an extensive background in education, development and fundraising. This experience gives me necessary insight and a special skill-set that will be vital as we navigate through the upcoming budgets and critical choices that lie ahead."


     

    Wednesday's Featured Candidate, Claire Gustafson:

    • Name, as it Will Appear on Ballot: Claire Gustafson
    • Age—59 years old
    • Hometown—Collingswood
    • Family—Gustafson is married with five children, three of whom graduated from Collingswood High School.
    • Previous School Board Experience—A newcomer to this year’s election, Gustafson has previously served a total of three years on the Collingswood school board. During her three years on Collingswood’s board, Gustafson simultaneously handled various responsibilities, acting as curriculum chair for one year, student activities chair for two years, board vice president for one year, and sat on the personnel committee. She also spent five years on Connally School of the Holy Child Potomac school board, based in Maryland.
    • Community Service—Gustafson served 15 years on Our Lady of Victory’s Parish Council Board/CYO Program, six years with Collingswood Youth Soccer, and 20 years with Collingswood Little League—holding league positions such as team manager and league vice president. Gustafson chaired the We Care for Kids program for three years, sat on Pittsburgh Fashion Mart’s Board of Directors for 10 years, and on Philadelphia Baltimore Washington Children’s-wear Show's Board of Directors for 10 years. Gustafson is a current member of the Collingswood Borough Historic Commission.
    • Reasons for Running—"Community service is a part of what makes this country great. I enjoy the hard work, the problem-solving, and doing what’s right to help the young people of Collingswood successfully reach their academic and extra-curricular goals."
    • Changes Proposed—"I have no agenda; I do not think school board candidates should. If I am elected, I will do my best to make sure budget and funding cuts do not impact the education of our students."
    • Action Plan for Proposed Changes—"A single person cannot make a change, but a single idea can make a difference. (In my) experience (serving on school boards), that first year means a lot of reading, hearing and constructive-questioning. As I mentioned at Meet the Candidates Night, I will go in with my eyes wide open."

     

     

    Tuesday's Featured Candidate, Madalyn Deets:

    • Name, as it Will Appear on Ballot—Madalyn Deets
    • Age—52 years old
    • Hometown—Collingswood
    • Family—Deets is married with three children, two of who are current Collingswood High School (CHS) students, and one who is a recent CHS graduate.
    • Previous School Board Experience—A newcomer, this is Deets' first year running for a seat on the school board.
    • Community Service—Deets spent three years as a Collingswood Junior Women's Club member, 11 years on Mark Newbie Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), two years as Newbie's PTA president, six years on Collingswood Middle School PTA, two years as ZONE PTA president, and five years on Collingswood High School PTA. Deets currently serves as president of Collingswood High School's PTA.
    • Reasons for Running—"My 14 years of service at the PTA-level has given me the opportunity to be directly involved in many facets of (the public school district). The next logical step, for me, is to continue my service to (the district) at the school board-level. It is important, in today's climate, to actively participate and be well-informed. Current legislation, funding and mandates will affect every child in this district. I am committed to making sure our children receive the quality education they deserve."
    • Changes Proposed—"(This district) offers a quality education for all students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. One of my top priorities would be to promote all the great opportunities offered by our schools to people outside our community. This would further promote our town as the place you want to live and learn. I'm also committed to ensuring that our children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century by having quality staff, state-of-the-art technology and engaging programs."
    • Action Plan for Proposed Changes—"(I plan to make these changes) by reaching out to different forms of media, and informing them of all the positive programs and activities our schools provide. (And also) by being proactive and involved in everyday activities going on throughout the district."
    tim oneill April 25, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    Cut me a break, please.....the man was making a speech. he said they "should" be doing what you say they "already are doing". he didn't even say they were doing what you are accusing them o.f i think you know as well as i do that speeches are made for the effect it has on the audience. just how did he think he was going to get in the schools to recruit these kids? i don't think they have the same funding as the military to open undercover recruiting centers in the malls like the one that was shut down at Franklin Mills Mall. you should worry about your kids coming out of 12 years of school and not knowing how their govt works or who their legislators are. you should worry about kids graduating that may be the top of the class but in the job market are handicapped if they don't know a second language. these kids are our future and if they don't have the knowledge they need then not only do they suffer but so do we and so does the country. "An educated America makes a stronger nation than the strongest military on earth".
    libsrsic April 25, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    Don't try to put this back on me. I'm not accusing him of anything. What your saying doesn't make sense. If his speech was made for the effect on the audience, could you tell me what was the point of the speech? So he didn't mean what he said that the upper 1% of Society are worthless and contribute nothing, that pulic property should displace private property, that socialism needs to replace capitalism, and that young kids should be brought into the revolutionary fold as early as Jr. High? Revolutionaries condone violence if it helps them achieve their ends. Also, by making a case against Progressivism, that doesn't mean I'm not concerned with everything about education that you mention above.
    Rich Wilson April 27, 2011 at 02:48 AM
    As a new resident of Collingswood, I just want to say thank you for these candidate profiles. Not having children in the district, it has been difficult to get any information about the candidates or the election. This has been most helpful, and will certainly inform my decisions when I go to vote. Thanks!
    Deena DiBacco April 27, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    Rich—Thank you for your appreciation. If these profiles help you make an informed decision tomorrow, I've done my job. It's so nice to hear that our work is benefitting the community, and I just cannot thank you enough. Happy voting! It is such a pleasure to have you as a reader :)
    Suzanne Cloud April 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    Wow, after reading the exchange between Tim O'Neil and Rhonda, I'm voting for Tim! Rhonda is a perfect example of the results of the drop in teaching civics.
    libsrsic April 27, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    Attacking me personally does not help you or Tim's case. What do you mean by an example of the results of the "drop in teaching civics"? Does it mean I'm not entitled to my opinion?
    Matilda April 28, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    Rhonda, everything you said IS spot on. And since he didn't win, you obviously got your message across. Bravo !!
    tim oneill April 28, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    First, I would like to thank those who took the time to exercise their "RIGHT" to vote yesterday. Contrary to what the corporate owned media and those organizations (and individuals) that would have us believe otherwise by using the incomplete argument that this "RIGHT" doesn't exist in the constitution. but as the man on the radio used to say; "NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY"....... while the above is literally correct that we don't have constitutionally guaranteed "national" right to vote, WE DO HAVE A STATES RIGHT TO VOTE.
    tim oneill April 28, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    SECOND, I respect all who participating in our LAST TRUE BASTION OF FREE SPEECH (for now) the internet on formats such as this, whether our views agree, collide, conflict, or meld it doesn't matter to me because what i see is true democracy at work. i wish it were done in the real world though where others could see our example. i guess you could say the local blog is a micro-mini town hall where all are welcome to air their views as long as they don't abuse the right to participate. when you ponder the pros and cons of banning those that "cross the line", then aren't you excluding a voice that may have a valid point to contribute but presented it in an angry or "politically incorrect" manner? take me for example, i am rarely "politically correct". it seems i was never supporting the "popular" or "recent " issues in the world. even if they did finally come to the attention of the media, they would get it wrong, whether it was a labor dispute, environmental issue, lack of accountability in govt etc, the media would give a corp spin under the facade of outrage. my principles are my religion my beliefs are my passion i guess you could say my principles are my passion, they are who i am, how i define myself, my life and the world around me
    tim oneill April 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    THIRD, yes, the turnout was low compared to registered voters but only a little less than the municipal election. just as it has been for years. the only way i see it changing is to change the system "TAKE THE MONEY OUT OF THE ELECTION PROCESS" . THE ONLY WAY TO ALLOW EVERY COMMON WORKING JOE/TIM THE SAME OPPORTUNITY AND INCENTIVE TO RUN FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE IS "CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS"
    tim oneill April 28, 2011 at 10:26 PM
    FOURTH. oh, about the numbers, i took a closer look at them; 1. yes, i finished last, but as the newbie and considering i had the worst spot on the ballot i did a lot better than those city hall thought i would or wanted me to. 2. i received approx 15 provisional ballots whereas the "5th" place received 5 3. after i looked at the individual machine t alleys, i saw a pattern at the polls. the polls we didn't have people at were the ones that killed me. the ones where we worked our asses off in the heat, the sun and the rain, MY SHOWING WAS UP THERE WITH TOP 4 4. CONSIDERING THE CHILDISH ANTICS OF OTHERS IN TOWN (ie when one very nice couple was asked if they would consider voting for me at the booth they were inform; " is Tim O'Neill the one without any children ?", "there's o message going around NOT to vote for Tim O'Neill because he doesn't have any kids in the schools". i happened to over hear that and laughed out loud. i thought "man, somebody in town is pretty smart, not only did they spread common knowledge around but they even knew i didn't have any illegitimate little leprechauns attending classes either, boy are they smart or what LOL 5. the same person from city hall who had my signs pulled on Tuesday, told my worker "i'm not voting for that a**-hole. i said don't worry about it besides they are entitled to their opinion too and again i got a good belly laugh just thinking of the small minded people that run this town,
    Steve Bayruns April 29, 2011 at 01:27 AM
    Steve Bayruns I was born and raised in Collingswood and I lived there for over 40 years. I AGREE with Rhonda 100% !!!! Every state in our nation is in serious debt !! The states in the most financial trouble are : New York, New Jersey, California, and Illinois. This has been allowed to happen over the years by TAX and SPEND POLITICIANS who decided to " PASS THE BUCK" or " KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD" instead of cutting back, spending less, and lowering taxes !! The Federal Government continued to grow during this whole time which only made things worse !! Taxes are TOO HIGH !! This is why thousands of people have left New Jersey !! Especially the older people on fixed incomes!! This is a fact which anyone can verify !! Lastly; without the United States Constitution, THE RULE OF LAW IS NOT POSSIBLE !!! Rhonda is absolutely correct ! PS: I am quite familiar with Collingswood !! AT LEAST 4 GENERATIONS OF MY RELATIVES actually lived there !!!!
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 02:14 AM
    Your federal taxes are at historic lows, stop complaining. Corporate taxes are at historic lows, you voted for that. Stop complaining.
    libsrsic April 29, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    Corporate taxes in this country are one of the highest in the world. You live in a fantasy world, Harry. You need to learn how to have an honest debate with people instead of telling people to "move out of town" and "stop complaining". A trademark of liberalism is hysteria. Ad hominen attacks is so typical of your ilk. I'm through with you.
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Corporate taxes are at historical laws - that is factual. Stop having the debate you wish we were having instead of the one we're actually having. This is why your political party is currently run by a reality TV star and a gameshow host.
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    I would expect such a response from a Baby Boomer - the only generation in American history that wasn't asked to make one single sacrifice, and didn't strive to meet a single challenge the nation faced. You guys ran up the tab by electing irresponsible candidates for most of the last 30 years. You voted in favor of economic policies where NOTHING ever got cut and taxes ALWAYS went down. And that's the way you liked it, because you were all in your prime earning years. Your federal taxes went down constantly. But now that you're all heading towards retirement, you suddenly want fiscal responsibility. You want Gen X and Gen Y to lower our standard of living and quality of life to embark on some austerity program aimed at paying down your decades of irresponsibility. Don't worry, we'll pay off your decades of recklessness. We'll carry you by funding the social security and medicare and medicaid that you'll all be using now. Because that's how it needs to be. But there is no way I am going to allow this town that I moved to to become a Tea Party experiment because you can't afford the taxes. You guys blew it as a generation. I am sure you will be much happier elsewhere, but something tells me you will still be complaining.
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    Rhonda, if I look up hysterical in the dictionary, I see Steve Bayruns' photo.
    libsrsic April 29, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    Ok I get it, you have a problem with the middle class.
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Another cop-out by you. I have a problem with people who ignored problems, put off paying the bill, took rebates every year...and now expect us all to lower of standard of living to clean up their mess.
    libsrsic April 29, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    This proves your misjudgement of me. I was against the rebates cause it was borrowed money all along.
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    But you cashed the checks, right?
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    STEP BACK AND TAKE A BREATH LADIES AND GENTS, the rhetoric i am hearing is deteriorating into something less than the civil discourse and exchange of views it started out as. for the record, i am part of the baby-boomer generation as we were labeled, but not because of the increase in the population. we were the very first generation in the history of America where parents could make enough money to give their kids a life better than what theirs was. if that generation was a bad thing, then the current generation (using the logic i have read here) will be better and much poorer, less educated, with lower wages, paying for almost everything out of pocket (except for the few lucky enough to able to afford it). still i would like to correct a few historical generalizations: 1. the only generation in American history that wasn't asked to make one single sacrifice- as a non-vet, my first thought was of the sacrifices made by those that served, those that fought, those that died and those who were wounded (physically and mentally), those who were tortured physically and mentally) and those who were lucky enough to make home in one piece. you see once someone has witnessed the true horrors of war they are never whole again. American casualties 58,220 dead; 1,719 missing; 303,635 wounded
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    no, i have to disagree with the "no-sacrifice", the sacrifice was too great, it was wrong, and unnecessary. to add insult to injury the same govt that asked/told them to put their lives on the line everyday is the one that cut the budget of the veterans administration and their benefits then had the balls to privatize the V.A. (which didn't work). i you could say they made a another (although involuntary) sacrifice. 2. there were reasons most of my generation could look forward to a brighter future, the first was that over 14% of the labor force were union members. now some may have issues with workers organizing to protect themselves and to collectively bargain for decent working conditions wages and benefits, just remember this when you listen the the anti worker rhetoric: it was unions who were responsible for child labor laws, it was unions who were responsible for the 8 hour work day, the 40 hour work week, workman's compensation insurance, those two 15 minute breaks, employer-employee pensions, etc, etc "Every advance in this half-century-Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another-came with the support and leadership of American Labor. --*President Jimmy Carter*-- "All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms is treason. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other." --*Abraham Lincoln*--
    Harry April 29, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    Tim, my point is this - during the time when the Boomers were at the forefront of the US, in terms of leadership / economy, we had: The demise of labor. Stagnating wages. More wars of choice. Less fair economic policies, that led to a re-distribution of wealth not seen since the Gilded Age. A worsening environment. A warmer planet. Lower tax revenues coupled with higher levels of spending. They voted for Reagan. Twice. They voted for George W Bush. Twice. They consistently vote for "Republican Revolutions" every decade that rolled back progress in the very areas they claim to care about most....because they wanted the tax cuts more. Now, there are many factors that went into all this. But I hear Boomers today suddenly interested in deficits and lowering spending, and adamant that tax increases are not acceptable. Their solution is to cut back on services and programs that make places like Collingswood a nice place to live. When it was on the Boomer's dime, nothing was denied. They borrowed to fund whatever they wanted. They paid historically low tax rates. And now, when their primary earning years are over and they are riding off into the sunset, they want to take care of the debt. They want me to lower my quality of life to pay the bill for their decades of recklessness. That's crap.
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 09:11 PM
    something else i read: "Corporate taxes in this country are one of the highest in the world" true, true and it is the little corps that pay it not the "big guys that owe the big bucks". the fact is they pay little to zero in taxes so we because of tax loop holes, and "economic programs" etc and as usual we are left with the bill. (even christie's taxe rate ended up to be 10%) and he complained abot that
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    people, it doesn't matter what side of the political or social spectrum we place ourselves, as long as those in power and the influence can keep all of us divided, by blaming/demonizing one segment or another, one party or the other, then they don't have to admit that they are the true culprits. we are one nation, a nation of immigrants (except the native American Indian), a nation that was started of, for, and by "WE THE PEOPLE" a framework that was designed "IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION" WE DON'T HAVE TO AGREE. WE DON'T HAVE TO SEE EYE TO EYE. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TO LIKE ONE ANOTHER, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T BE UNITED TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVT FROM THE CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE BOUGHT IT. ASK YOURSELF, WOULD YOU WANT YOUR KIDS, NEPHEWS, AND/OR NIECES GROWING UP IN THE "CORPORATE STATES OF AMERICA" OR THE "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"?
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    we don't have to start a revolution, we don't have to "overthrow the gov't, all we really have to do is standup to them in solidarity, as one people united (for the moment) in one common cause. all we have to do is show them we are not afraid of them. at that moment it is we who will have the power. they have ruled and controlled using fear tactics for decade upon decade.....no more. the truth is the only real power they have is the power we give them, our fear, our inaction, our divisiveness.....no more without that they are naked, they are powerless. just remember that is only step one, it isnt going to be easy fight and it won't be one battle,but it will be worth it if you believe in America. i won't lie to this is a war, a war the people have been losing for a long time now,little by little, step by step, with each new generation. the battle lines have been drawn and now it our turn to fight back, not with violence but with sheer numbers.
    libsrsic April 29, 2011 at 09:23 PM
    I've never been reckless about debt. I always lived within my means and I expect the same from government. Sure, some taxes are necessary; I have no problem with that, but enough is enough. When G.W. Bush lowered tax rates, government revenue increased!!! It a principle of economics. When you increase government taxes you decrease people's drive to make more and revenue goes down; hiring deminishes.
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 09:23 PM
    Frederick Douglas said "power gives up nothing without a demand". that is what we will end up with up less we demand accountability, demand our elected officials represent the people in their districts demand corporate influence be removed from the halls of gov't and the electoral process, DEMAND OUR COUNTRY BACK! sorry for bending your ears, i' leave now until after the primary (i'm on the ballot for county committee) good health all, in peace and solidarity, tim
    tim oneill April 29, 2011 at 11:31 PM
    http://www.njpp.org/blog/a-billion-dollars-for-business A BILLION DOLLARS FOR BUSINESS April 29th, 2011 | Published in NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact … By Deborah Howlett Earlier this week, we calculated that the state, since the start of 2010, had given away $822 million in corporate tax subsidies to 69 businesses through four programs – an unprecedented spree by an administration that not so long ago said the state was so broke it had no choice but to cut funding for school lunches for poor kids. The spree was enabled by a Legislature that quietly beefed up these programs under the guise of job creation. Even as the ink was drying on our report, we learned the state was again dipping into the well. MORE ON WEB SITE

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