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Editor's Note 05/07/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photoHello Readers,

According to Reuters: "Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody. The investigation will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested. His death sparked protests and a day of arson and looting in the largely black city...Last October, officials in Baltimore asked the Justice Department to begin an informal collaborative review of the city's police department after the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore had paid almost $6 million since 2011 to settle lawsuits alleging police brutality and other misconduct."

In Gray's case, six police officers are charged and the legal argument has already started. The attorney of one of the police officers is challenging the prosecutor's argument that Gray was falsely arrested. Many times it looks like an open and shut case, but lawyers can find ways to defend their clients with our confusing legal system. Every day, the lawmakers are making laws. Every day, an incident happens and the lawmakers turn around and make laws without thinking that the new law may hurt hundreds of people in future.

Military vets are getting astronomical drug prescription money. The charges could be tens of thousands of dollars. A CNN reporter filled out a form, and went to the pharmacy and found out who wrote the prescription.

According to watop: "CBS Correspondent Jim Axelrod says that Pentagon spending on custom prescriptions by compounding pharmacies has exploded recently: In the past year, he reports, the military health benefit system, Tricare, spent more than $300 million a month on the drugs, up from $42 million a month last year. Axelrod says in an interview with WTOP that Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas, head of Tricare and a doctor and chair of the Army's Task For on Pain, calls it a 'big, expensive problem,' and the increase in spending 'astronomical.' Worst of all, Axelrod says, Thomas told him that the expensive prescriptions, such as scar and pain creams that can be billed for up to $15,000 for a one-month supply, are of 'dubious clinical benefit, if any at all.' 'When you have that kind of money in play, there are all kinds of websites reaching out' to military members and veterans, promising prescriptions and asking only for their Tricare numbers. There's no appointment or examination necessary. Doctors sign off on the prescriptions, and the recipients get the drugs, he says."

So much money is involved that some of the prescribed medicine is over $15,000 per month. What a rip off of taxpayer money. However, the congress, senate and administration all are slipping in many situations like this one.

The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. But the controversial deflate game scandal has come back to haunt them. In an AFC playoff game the Colts complained, but no one listened and the Patriots won big 45-7. The league has a mandated rule that the ball should be 12.5 pounds per square inch. The investigation results came on May 6, 2015. According to US Today: "An investigation into the so-called Deflategate scandal concluded it is more likely than not that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 'was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities' by two team employees that resulted in balls being deflated in January's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts felt that the cheating theoretically made it easier for the Patriots' quarterback to grip the ball in adverse weather conditions. Tom Brady is top rated quarterback. Let's see how much his influence will work in his favor. Only time will tell.

Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.

Editor's Note 04/30/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photoHello Readers,

The natural disasters are increasing lately. The weather pattern is changing. Near Katmandu, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal and the world. The U.S. measured it as a 7.8 magnitude, while China measured it as 8.1 magnitude.

The devastation is horrific. 5,000 lives have been lost. Thousands have lost their homes. Nepal is known for its bravery. The Gurakha regiment in the Indian army is one of the bravest, and the epicenter was right at the Gurakha district. On the mountain, it is very hard to get the aid fast.

Local Talk sends condolences to the family of Marisa Eve Girawong, an employee at East Orange General Hospital, who lost her life in this devastating earthquake. Also, many temples have been destroyed. People may donate money to many nonprofit organizations, but be careful for phony people trying to take undue advantage.

I have wrote many times that inequality and injustice will bring protests on the streets. It is not just one incident, but it has built up for decades. Now it is coming to the surface. Ferguson Missouri, New York City, and now Baltimore. When it will end, no one knows.

The problem is not just one sided. Even though minorities have been suppressed for centuries, today it is a different ball game. Minorities are given many opportunities, and one of the best examples is our president, Mr. Barack Obama. I have seen the movie "Selma." The way the authorities and the administration acted was horrible. At one instance, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pulled out of the march in a wise step to avoid violence. In the same way, we should not use violence. We should use our right to protest in peace. Minority middle class businesses are more affected by the violence, as those are the ones looted and destroyed.

According to the New York Times: "In an unusually impassioned speech, Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivered a pointed assessment of race in America on Wednesday, lamenting the recent deaths of young black men and calling for overhauling the 'out-of-balance' criminal justice system on display on the smoke-filled streets of Baltimore. In her first major policy speech since announcing her presidential run Mrs. Clinton spoke forcefully about the damage done, ticking off the names of the unarmed African-American men who have died at the hands of white police officers in recent months. 'From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable,' she said."

This is a bold step by Mrs. Clinton. In the beginning of the long campaign, the controversial racial divider may hurt her as far as voting is concerned. Even today, the mentality of the southern population has not changed much, especially the older generation.

Local Talk covers the area of Newark and its vicinity. For decades, the area has been plagued with violence. Even a little violence can overshadow the best positive event. The people's mentality has to change. We all have to join hands to change our neighborhood. The administration alone, people alone, and businesses alone cannot change the community. It requires unity, it requires patience, it requires changing our mentality, and it requires working together and stepping up to make Newark and its vicinity a better place to live.

Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.

Editor's Note 04/23/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photo Hello Readers,

According to Reuters: "Republican Jeb Bush on Wednesday bashed Democratic 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton for voicing reservations about overseas trade talks, a rare issue on which the White House enjoys support from Republicans, with many Democrats opposed. Bush, the former Florida Governor who is also expected to jump into the presidential race, said Clinton backed foreign trade agreements as secretary of state but has grown reticent now that she is seeking the Democratic nomination."

In my opinion, Hillary Clinton did an excellent job as Secretary of State. At the time she took office, the world hated the US. She made the most of husband Bill Clinton's name as a topmost world leader in the world, and changed the world's opinion about us. I do not know how she can handle the pressure of the presidency.

On Tuesday April 21, 2015 there was an armed TD Bank robbery in South Plainfield New Jersey. There were two schools nearby and the robber was loose. The superintendent of schools Anna Belin-Pyles placed Woodland Elementary and Maxson Middle School on lockdown. I think the Superintendent made a wise decision to make sure all the kids were safe. There was a robbery of another TD Bank branch in Springfield and the description of the person matched the description of the robber at the South Plainfield branch. Hopefully, the police can catch the robber pretty soon.

The Orange school teacher recently suspended for the letters has made the news every week since it happened. I don't know the full details of the official investigation, but the People's Organization for Progress is organizing support at board meetings and is asking the board to re-instate the teacher, Marylin Zuniga. Is it politics? Or is it a real thing and under real principles she has been suspended? The board members and the superintendent will be behind the case. The teacher may not be at a fault the way it seems, but the administration is following rules and regulations, so in the future everyone will not teach the children the way their thoughts are.

According to USA today: "Climate change 'is not a problem for another generation,' President Obama said Wednesday during an Earth Day address in the Florida Everglades. 'This is a problem now.' The president outlined a series of plans he has pushed to restrict carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, promote 'clean energy' production such as wind and solar projects and increase federal protection of public lands."

Al Gore, who has been an expert and ambassador on addressing global warning, was warning the world when he was vice president. We are the highest user of fuel in the world. We take the best measures to protect environment. We do produce more emissions in the world, but the ratio of consumed goods vs. emissions is one of the lowest. We need other countries like China and India, who recently became buyers of many goods, to join in. They need to become strict on quality for environmental protection.

If we do not wake up, the weather patterns will be unusual, beyond our imagination. Many places have heavy snowfall, where they have not seen any snow. Many places in this season have rainfall, which they have not seen in the month of April. We should lead the charge for environmental protection and be an example to the world. But at the same time, time is running out and we should tell the world that any country, whether developed, under developed or undeveloped, must take measures to protect the environment. It is easy to say, but without money, it is hard to follow for undeveloped countries.

Have a wonderful day. I'll talk to you next week.

Editor's Note 04/16/2015

Hello Readers,

The weather is beautiful after a long cold season. Now that spring is here, let's enjoy it everyone.

The Chris Copeland stabbing saga continues. Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said that he suffered a season ending injury while being arrested by cops at the Copeland crime scene earlier this month. Now it will be a time for lawyers. It is a very difficult situation, but due to the involvement of the New York Police, the investigation will continue and lawyers will find faults in the investigation. No matter what, the police investigation will miss something, and the lawyers with pick it up and argue with the prosecutors. That's one side of democracy, but at the same time, some of the guilty people, due to money and power, walk free. Other people who do not have money and power have to settle with the lawyers. That's the other side of democracy.

According to the New York Times: "A 61-year-old postal worker from Florida delivering a protest message to Congress about campaign finance laws landed a lightweight gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, upending what otherwise was shaping up to be another day of legislative stalemate in the Senate. The man has been taken into custody, according to Capitol Police, with possible charges pending. A bomb squad investigated the aircraft, but found nothing hazardous. The Capitol Police temporarily closed streets in the immediate area. The pilot - according to The Tampa Bay Times, which was aware of his plans before takeoff - is Doug Hughes, a postal worker from Ruskin, Fla. He guided his aircraft at low speed (roughly 45 miles an hour) through protected airspace and landed it on Congress's front lawn to raise awareness about the amount of money spent on elections."

I agree with Mr. Hughes that we are spending too much money on elections. More money means more lobbyists, more lobbyists means more laws in favor of money and powerful people. As I have said before in my editorial, when I came to this country in 1978, the first 10 years we had less money, but we were happy. 59 cents a gallon gas, 5 cent doughnuts and sometimes chocolate éclairs at Dunkin Donuts. It is a long list I can give you. But my main point about this is that people were not money hungry. The general population could live their lives happily without any problems with the government. Now, many laws have changed.

Every step of the way, we have to deal with the government or semi-government agencies. When government employees come to private businesses, they ask for service, speed and quality. But when it comes to the governmental process, the bureaucracy makes it harder to solve day-to-day problems with the government. However, landing on the Capitol is totally unacceptable. When it comes to security, we must follow the rules.

Aaron Hernandez, a rising star in the NFL two years ago, is behind bars. The jury found him guilty. Under Massachusetts law, he was immediately sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The 25 year old Hernandez has seen a wonderful life as college football star and NFL star who won a college championship and got to a Super Bowl with New England Patriots. What a sad story. As per the report a star has been affected due to untimely death of his father, who was his best friend and a mentor.

According to CNBC, McDonald's franchises are not loving it, according to new survey from Janney Capitol Markets. Franchise respondents rated the chain's six-month outlook for its domestic business more negatively than at any time in Janney's 11-year survey history. The group, which represents about 215 U.S. locations, also reported an extremely strained relationship with corporate; that metric also hit new lows. "McDonald's system is broken," one wrote. "They talk menu reduction to help our people, simplify our menu for customers-but add products to help sales and it does not work. We will continue to fall and fail."

So what looks good on the surface may not always be good underneath. When it comes to the large corporations who have franchises, if the franchisee does not produce what is expected, then rather than helping them be successful, they will turn to a new franchisee. We all can see many stores that have been closed. If a franchisee closes a store, the franchisor loses the royalty, but the franchisee loses their livelihood.

Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.

Editor's Note 04/09/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photoHello Readers,

Ferguson, New York, South Carolina. Once again, a black male has been killed by police. In the SC case, Walter Scott, who was running away from Officer Michael Slagger, was shot eight times from behind. As per reports, Slagger and Walter Scott both served the Coast Guard. The dates of service are not known, but it's one ironic connection.

This time, at least, the cop has been charged with murder. If the video wasn't available, the story may have been different. I raise this question to all of our readers. Why are so many black men being shot by police officers? Is it a racial problem? Have police officers been brainwashed against black people? Someone should immediately look into it. A black man, Mr. Barack Obama, is seated at the most powerful position in the world. We support him, day in and day out. We have supported him when the Republicans constantly blocked his plans.

Recently, the White House found out that the Russian Government had access to the White House's emails and computer system. This is dangerous. We have to be careful about other countries. ISIS is recruiting young people who are computer geniuses. Some countries can spend a lot of money to hack into our systems. We are the super power, and to stay a super power, we must protect ourselves from those intruders and hackers.

Basic intruders gain access to targeted systems and get details within. Hackers go further by changing or deleting the information. Both are dangerous, and we have to be very protective about this.

According to Yahoo website: A photo provided by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork on Monday, April 6, 2015, shows an installation of a bust of the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park, in New York. After several mysterious artists put a sculpted bust of Snowden on a New York City war memorial, parks officials have ordered the bust removed. Animal New York, a city news website, reported that the activists sneaked the 4-foot-tall, 100-pound bust of Snowden before dawn Monday. (AP Photo/Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork). How someone can place Snowden's bust right in New York City's war memorial?

According to CNN: Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial have found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 counts, including 17 that carry a possible penalty of death. According to the law, he might receive the death penalty or life in prison. The jury reached the verdict in only 11.5 hours of deliberation. This judgement shows the world that we give the opportunity of fair justice even to terrorists, but we do not let them go free after the act of terrorism.

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, born in Orange, was stabbed at the 1OAK Club in New York City on April 8 at around 4 am. His wife was also slashed and injured. Both of them are at Bellevue hospital and expected to recover. Another lady was injured as well and transported to Lenox Hill Hospital. The 31 year old Copeland was said to be arguing with his wife, 28 year old Katrine Saltara, according to a New York Post report. The details of the argument or the case have not been released by the police yet. Meanwhile, 22 year old Shezoy Bleary interfered with their argument and use a knife to stab Copeland and slash Saltara. Two other NBA players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks, were arrested for refusing to get out of the way while police officers were cordoning the crime scene. What a tragedy of celebrity stars.

Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.

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