Finally, there is hope for finding the lost Malaysian plane, as debris was found on the bottom of the South Indian Ocean. According to the New York Times, "Satellite sightings of 122 objects floating southwest of Australia are "the most credible lead that we have" in the search for Flight 370, the Malaysian defense minister said Wednesday evening, adding that his country had asked Australia to try to recover the objects and see if they were debris from the missing jetliner...The defense minister (Malaysia), Hishammuddin Hussein, said the 122 objects were visible in satellite images forwarded by Airbus Defense and Space, the main European commercial satellite company. Malaysia passed the images to Australia, which is leading the search in the area. The Australian authorities did not report having located any of the objects by late Wednesday night."
According to USA TODAY, "The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday (March 26) that a federal law intended to keep guns away from domestic violence offenders can apply even if their crime was nothing more than 'offensive touching.' The decision was a victory for gun control advocates and groups that work to protect battered spouses and children, and a defeat for gun rights organizations that argued the federal law goes too far. For the justices, it came down to the proper definition of 'physical force' - one that a majority of them decided did not have to be violent or even directly applied to the victim by the abuser. Routine battery convictions, the court said, are sufficient to trigger the gun ban." This is needed for a non-violent society. The police cannot prevent domestic violence cases. So these kinds of laws will prevent some incidents, which is a victory for society.
The City of Newark is fighting for its fate. It will be decided on May 13, 2014, when the election for many new faces will take place. The council is divided and running for re-election with different parties, and some independently. The voters have to choose very carefully. The political big bosses are with Shavar Jeffries and grassroots organizations are with Ras Baraka. There is a political war between politics and people. Let's see who wins. I would not be surprised about anyone coming out as a winner. The race will be too close to call from now.
Right now, both candidates are too busy getting endorsements of politicians, unions and organizations. However, both have to make sure that the people of Newark benefit after they get elected. In the majority of elections, people are naive and listen to one candidate over the other and decide their vote. However, I appeal to all voters to find out the facts about the candidates and then take a side for voting. Many times a council candidate you like is from a different group than the mayoral candidate you like, so please vote for the best candidate in your opinion. You must vote for the better candidate, not because they might help you one way, but due to their policy hurt you in your taxes.
Those voters think that they are tenants. But eventually, you are paying for the taxes, as the rent goes up with tax increases. Lately, due to restrictions on tax increases, all of the townships are charging backdoor charges to increase their revenue. So before you select anyone, make sure the candidate is for the people, and that the candidate will not change after being elected, will keep his/her promises, has knowledge of the constitution, likely to solve people's problems, and improve the quality of service given to the people who have to deal with city hall. If it is a mayoral candidate, the person also has to have leadership qualities and will lead the city while administering the day-to-day work very smoothly in your opinion.
I congratulate East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor for hiring two persons as his aides for resolving the problems of constituents. All of the candidates should do the same. They should have one person to simplify the process on all of the departments and how to deal with the city, without burning up in their mind, and having a stress-free environment at city hall.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.