Opinion Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/opinion/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:49:35 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb The High Cost of Knowledge http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/the-high-cost-of-knowledge joe_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE SINAGRA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

You may have heard that students are refusing to repay their federal student loans as part of a protest designed to pressure the government into forgiving their debt.

The problem? College graduates and students who default on their loans can lose their paychecks, tax refunds, or a portion of their Social Security benefits further down the road. Not paying back that debt can also ruin their credit, making it difficult to buy a house, car or even land a job. Interestingly, a large percentage of these Federal loans are encumbering seniors. Around 3 percent of U.S. households that are headed by a senior citizen now hold federal student debt, comprised largely of debt they took on to finance their own educations according to the GAO.

These are people who went to college, earned a degree and made decent money during their careers.

Graduates who earned master’s degree years ago have seen their finances dwindle away by illness, divorce, the cost of raising children, the housing bust, and the economic downturn and now want their loans forgiven because they can’t afford to pay them. The GAO report goes on to say that “as the baby boomers continue to move into retirement, the number of older Americans with defaulted loans will only continue to increase.”

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Commentary Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:34:38 +0000
Are You Asking the Right Questions? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/are-you-asking-the-right-questions Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copy_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, Ph.D.
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

People are obsessed with coming up with the right answers to difficult problems and challenges in the workplace. In school, students are taught to come up with the correct answers in order to get a good grade. Clearly, answers are important, but so are questions. Too often we ignore the value of asking smart, probing, engaging questions. All kinds of leaders, including lawyers, teachers, doctors and yes, journalists, depend heavily on questions to do their jobs.

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Commentary Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:29:24 +0000
N.J. Supreme Court Ruling Raises the Ire of State Legislators http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/nj-supreme-court-ruling-raises-the-ire-of-state-legislators Sal_img_photo_opt_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY SALVATORE PIZZURO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on public pension payments raised the ire of members of the State Legislature on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Three years ago, the Legislature made a deal with Governor Christie to overhaul the pension system in the name of “Reform”. Cost of Living Adjustments were eliminated, along with an increase in the portion of funds to be provided by public workers. However, the Governor failed to comply with his part of the bargain by refusing to provide full Pension Payments toward the State’s agreed upon portion of responsibility.

Originally, Governor Christy called the agreement a “successful bi-partisan” solution. Now, he refers to the plan that he conceived as “unconstitutional.”

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Commentary Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:06:27 +0000
How Do You Ignite Passion in Your People? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/how-do-you-ignite-passion-in-your-people Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_opt_copyBY STEVE ADUBATO, Ph.D.
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Motivating and engaging employees is always a challenge for any leader. Recently, I conducted a series of seminars on this topic, and after engaging hundreds of managers and leaders, here are some tips and tools that should help you pump up your people.

* Give employees challenging responsibilities that test their leadership potential. Expect more from your people than they expect from themselves. Great leaders push their people. They are constantly being creative by coming up with new projects and assignments that may make team members a little bit uneasy, but at the same time drive them to get outside of their comfort zone and achieve great things. This approach will definitely keep them engaged.

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Commentary Wed, 03 Jun 2015 03:36:33 +0000
Tom Brady Deflates His Credibility http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/tom-brady-deflates-his-credibility Lessons_in_Leadership_Final-RGB_72_optBY STEVE ADUBATO, PhD
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

The NFL recently handed down its punishment to the Patriots and reigning Super Bowl MVP, Tom Brady, for the deflation of footballs used in the AFC Championship Game, as well as for Brady’s lack of cooperation with the NFL. The punishment includes a four game suspension for Brady and a $1 million fine to the Patriots in addition to two docked draft picks.

Tom Brady, of course, is appealing this decision, refusing to take responsibility for his involvement. Further, his lawyer has trashed the report and its author, respected attorney Ted Wells, claiming the whole investigation was a set up from the beginning. That’s bad enough. But what bothers me more is the clear lack of accountability Brady displayed following the release of the NFL Wells report. He ducked and giggled and delivered a glib and totally ineffective response to the conclusion that he, most likely, knew that the New England Patriots lower level “staff” were deflating footballs to Brady’s liking in the AFC Championship game - clearly violating the rules.

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Commentary Tue, 26 May 2015 18:40:48 +0000
The Current State of Affairs for Children and Adults with Disabilities http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/the-current-state-of-affairs-for-children-and-adults-with-disabilities Schaer_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY SALVATORE PIZZURO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Parents and family members of children and adults with developmental disabilities are voicing their concern about the failure of the present State Administration to provide appropriate services for those with special needs.

In order to address the issues publicly, Assemblyman Gary Schaer and the families will hold a press conference at Taos Restaurant in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:oo am. The agenda will include three major issues:

Weakened and Disappearing Case Management Services

The evaporation of State Case management services for disabled children since the governor privatized those services with a company called “PerformCare” two years ago. Parents have complained that PerfomCare does not respond to phone calls or letters.

The Rapidly Diminishing Housing Opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

In some cases, the parents point out, their adult children have been on waiting lists for 14 years or more, with little or no hope that housing will ever be available.

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Commentary Thu, 07 May 2015 03:00:48 +0000
The Tax Tsunami is About to Hit Us All in N.J. Where it Hurts http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/the-tax-tsunami-is-about-to-hit-us-all-in-nj-where-it-hurts joe_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE SINAGRA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

I’m sorry to be a buzz but here it is,  just one day after Chris Christie’s administration took a beating in an oral argument  before the New Jersey Supreme Court:

The politicians who created the pension mess  knew they would not be around when the feces hit the fan. They created havoc from Florio on down with an unsustainable pension system and now want the citizens of New Jersey to pay for their mistakes.

If anyone is looking to place blame, it is the politicians on both sides, not those that were part of the system. They were promised the sun, the moon and the stars but wound up with asteroid dust.

Every other governor kept the taxes at bay by taking money OUT of the pension system.

Once Governor Christie leaves, politicians will look to fund the pensions and guess who they will expect to pay the freight? You and I.

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Commentary Tue, 12 May 2015 03:42:32 +0000
Baltimore Lessons in Leadership: Madam Mayor … Own Your Mistake! http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/baltimore-lessons-in-leadership-madam-mayor-own-your-mistake gold20logo2028229_optBY STEVE ADUBATO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

A powerful lesson in leadership: take responsibility for your actions as well as your words… especially when things go wrong.

The riots on the streets of Baltimore are a tragedy. Businesses are being destroyed. Police officers attacked. So called “protesters” are acting like thugs on the street engaging in lawless looting, burning, and pillaging of their community. The reasons for what is happening in Baltimore are complex. Yet, there is a clear lesson in leadership in all of this. Not only did it take way too long for the leaders of Baltimore to reach out to the state and, ultimately, the federal government for help, but they clearly were not prepared for what happened immediately following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

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Commentary Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:25:18 +0000
When Religious Freedom Becomes Divisive http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/when-religious-freedom-becomes-divisive troytalk_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TROY SINGLETON
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

The recent national collegiate basketball championship tournament in Indiana has recently held the attention of sports fans throughout the nation. But a few weeks before the Final Four’s final game this past Monday, the fine citizens of that state watched as the media pummeled its governor, Mike Pence. He signed into law, legislation that would allow owners of businesses, because of their religious beliefs, the right to refuse services to members of the gay and lesbian community. The purpose of the bill in the eyes of many of its supporters is to strengthen the legal defense of business owners in this regard. The narrowness and pettiness of this law (with broader implications that are not petty) make one want to blink and ask: Isn’t this 2015 and you’re kidding, right?

I suppose my idealistic sense tells me that we as a nation had moved beyond the idea that anyone would really condone not serving a person(s) because of their sexual preference. Many would believe that this issue was soundly made moot after the turbulent 1960s civil rights battles. Nor would it be believed that a governmental body would pass a law that permits such a practice and then give it “protection” under the guise of religious freedom. But, I have to remind myself that the world does not always operate under idealistic circumstances and now we have the Indiana question.

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Commentary Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:02:10 +0000
When Religious Freedom Becomes Divisive http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/when-religious-freedom-becomes-divisive troytalk_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TROY SINGLETON
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OPINION/COMMENTARY

The recent national collegiate basketball championship tournament in Indiana has recently held the attention of sports fans throughout the nation. But a few weeks before the Final Four’s final game this past Monday, the fine citizens of that state watched as the media pummeled its governor, Mike Pence. He signed into law, legislation that would allow owners of businesses, because of their religious beliefs, the right to refuse services to members of the gay and lesbian community. The purpose of the bill in the eyes of many of its supporters is to strengthen the legal defense of business owners in this regard. The narrowness and pettiness of this law (with broader implications that are not petty) make one want to blink and ask: Isn’t this 2015 and you’re kidding, right?

I suppose my idealistic sense tells me that we as a nation had moved beyond the idea that anyone would really condone not serving a person(s) because of their sexual preference. Many would believe that this issue was soundly made moot after the turbulent 1960s civil rights battles. Nor would it be believed that a governmental body would pass a law that permits such a practice and then give it “protection” under the guise of religious freedom. But, I have to remind myself that the world does not always operate under idealistic circumstances and now we have the Indiana question.

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Commentary Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:02:10 +0000