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Dhiren Shah

Editor's Note: 1/9/2014

Hello Readers,

Happy New Year to all of our readers. I wish everyone the best of 2014. For the first time ever, all 50 states had at least one town with a temperature at 32 degrees or lower.

However, what you call the "best" is a big question on many minds. Is making lots of money best? Is getting the best life partner best? Is getting promoted best? Is passing with the top grade best? The best is all about perception. What you think according to your circumstances and your needs is the best thing. However, it will bring joy and happiness temporarily. Peace of mind is key, but we do not get it all the time. Peace of mind is also a perception. So bring peace in life, and do not expect anything when you do something for others or give something to your dear ones, including from God. That may bring some peace to your mind in my opinion.

The senate has voted to extend the unemployment benefits, which will cost $6.5 billion under one proposal. In 2008, President Bush signed the law that gives the unemployment benefit for another 28 additional weeks when the state unemployment benefit expires. Right now in New Jersey, it's been a total of 63 weeks where a person could get the unemployment benefit (26 weeks state unemployment and 37 weeks emergency unemployment benefit) The senate has already missed one week, and the state will be affected by an estimated $400 million revenue, as the unemployment benefits immediately come to the circulation for economic growth.

The unemployment benefit is not free money. That is your right, and your company and you have paid unemployment insurance so at a time of need, you can survive day to day in a routine life with basic needs. However, long term unemployment benefit means it will go from the taxpayer's pocket. Some recipients are taking advantage of the system and become lazy, not even looking for work. Taxpayer dollars are being spent left and right without hesitation. Is there any cure for the system?

I have a suggestion. There should be a law that reduces the unemployment after a certain number of weeks. As for example, in the first 26 weeks the way system is now, give the full unemployment benefit as it stands right now. After 26 weeks, reduce it to 75% of the benefit, and after 52 weeks, let them receive 50% of the benefit. There are some real unemployed who are looking for job, but they are really not getting it and they do deserve full benefits. However, there are some that do not try hard and want to take advantage of long term unemployment. So, as per my suggestion, it will put pressure on the unemployed candidates to start looking for jobs seriously. I think there are many job openings, but you have to work hard and show the employer that you are serious and are an asset for his/her company.

The Secretary of State said that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine have some hope for a successful peace treaty. I have visited with 120 members, including Martin Luther King III, to Israel in 2007 as an Ambassador of Peace to find out the facts between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinians lived there and that used to be called Palestine. The Israelis lived there before the birth of Christ. A long history and long fight has been going on for more than a thousand years. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Israelis contacted France and got support, but it was not enough. Since 1967, the United States of America started helping the Jews, who control Israel right now. The U.S. is giving $3 billion every year for weapons and approximately 4 to 5 billion to help businesses and in other ways. Israel is a small country, but I found it to be safe, as their security procedure is very effective. The Israelis knows how to utilize money, and they have made a heaven in the desert. Palestine is divided into two parts, the Gaza strip and Bethlehem area, where the Church of Nativity is located. The minds are set in both countries, and it is very difficult to settle. The United Nations has made a plan for two separate states, one for Jews and the other for Arabs who live in Palestine. The plan was adopted as a resolution in 1947. It was not accepted by the ruling Palestinians, and in 1948 the civil war started. For peace between the two states, there should be an exceptionally neutral and very effective world leader. But I don't see any world leader right now who can solve the problem.

Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully ran for governor of California, but unsuccessful handled its economy. Now, another successful actor, Steven Seagal, is thinking to run for Arizona Governor. Seagal is the self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff in America, according to Politico.
Senator Cory Booker will run for the Democratic Primary on June 3, 2014 and the general election - if he wins the primary - on November 4, 2014.

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

Editor's Note: 12/12/2013

Hello Readers,

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a good person who impacted the world, is no longer with us. He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist. He won the Nobel Peace Prize with former South African President F.W. de Klerk for their efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black President, serving until 1999.

President Obama gave a 20 minute eulogy during Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. Obama compared Mandela to Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and America's founding fathers. All living presidents but George H.W. Bush went to Mandela's Funeral. Also, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accompanied former President Clinton to the funeral. Presidents and Prime Ministers from many countries all over the world joined the biggest funeral by people and dignitaries in our time.

Similar to Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech, Nelson Mandela is known for his historical "I'm prepared to die" speech. In June 1964, against the former apartheid regime of South Africa, only white people were allowed to vote. Mandela had been accused of inciting strikes by workers and leaving the country without permission of the government. Before his 27-year imprisonment, he made a famous speech from the dock. Mandela was the reason that freedom exists in South Africa.

He believed in equality and in 1964he wrote, "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

General Motors has announced the first-ever female Chief Executive Officer in the automaker industry. Current chairman and CEO Dan Akerson will retire on January 15, 2014. Mary Bara, a long time GM employee will replace Akerson as CEO from that point on. Akerson, 65, pushed ahead his succession by several months after his wife was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer. Since the inception of Local Talk, many female executives have come to the surface and the inequality as far as female and male employees is concerned is diminishing, but still exists.

According to Fox News, "The White House is bringing in a former top official from the Clinton administration to help manage the messy ObamaCare roll-out and other matters as President Obama tries to regain his footing in his second term....Podesta served as Clinton's fourth and final chief of staff between 1998 and 2001 before founding the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the Obama White House, in 2003. " People's confidence level in ObamaCare is going down. From what I've heard about ObamaCare, so far it's good for the people, but the way the Obama administration is managing it makes everyone skeptical about the success of the program.

The program gives you the exact amount the person will pay for the insurance, according to the level of benefit selected, individual or family coverage and income level. They have a specific chart to charge the insurance for each and every individual. However, I wonder why the Obama administration is not releasing the chart for the public to review, before they make any decision. All of the politicians talk about transparency, but transparency is only there when they want it to be. Otherwise, there is no transparency in the government, whether it's federal, state, county or local.

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

Editor's Note: 12/05/2013

Hello Readers,

Time goes by so fast. Christmas is almost here. Black Friday, one of the biggest sale events of the year, had a 2.9 percent sales drop from last year. The deep discounts by the stores are already hurting, and according to Bloomberg Radio, purchases at stores and websites fell 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion during the four days beginning with the Nov. 28 Thanksgiving holiday, according to a survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation. On the other side of the coin, the stock market is strong and the Dow Jones Industrial Index is a little under 16,000 with over 111 million volume. I am not an economist, so I have no opinion, but I wonder what happening to the market. Two different trends show that the rich got richer and the middle class got hurt.

Stores have started holiday promotions earlier since the last recession ended in mid-2009 - even pushing into October - to try to capture consumers' first purchases and encourage them to part with more dollars beyond the day's big deals. Sales in November and December account for 20 percent to 40 percent of U.S. retailers' annual revenue and 20 percent of profits, according to the Washington-based NRF.

The Affordable Health Care website is working better than before. It can handle about 50,000 clients at a time. The program is very good. President Bill Clinton endorsed this program and so did Hillary Clinton. However, the ease of the transition is not happening yet. People and medical providers are still confused. The administration has spent money with only a few people, and expect the media to do the rest for the government. I have not heard much in the neighborhoods about the health care program, and people hardly talk about it. When it comes to reality, it will strike them and then they will start complaining. It is better to find out the facts.

To find out eligibility, now anyone can fill out the 12 page form after downloading and mailing it to the department. Once they approve your eligibility, you have to go back again on the internet, and choose the plan and then apply for it on the internet. The government is trying to force everyone to be educated and forcing them to step up to the 21st century. Other Asian countries are merging with the latest technology, but do not have any kind of force but a competitive market of a knowledge based economy.

The Metro Train in New York was travelling at a speed of 82 miles per hour in a 30 mile speed zone. The engineer who was involved in Sunday's train derailment apparently "was nodding off and caught himself too late" before the accident that killed four people and injured 67 others, a union representative who had been meeting with the man told CNN on Tuesday. Anthony Bottalico, the union representative, said engineer William Rockefeller Jr. recognized his responsibility in the incident. It is a really huge neglect. He might be charged with manslaughter.

I do not know why at the dispatch room the clerk could not figure out that the train was going way over the speed limit. Now the government will spend more money to change the system. Salvatore Arena, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the agency began work to install Positive Train Control (PTC) on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad in 2009, budgeting nearly $600 million for installation, including $428 million last month for a system integrator. Full implementation is estimated at $900 million. What a waste of taxpayer money.

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

Editor's Note: 11/14/2013

Hello Readers, DHIREN

Nature is more powerful than human beings. Some people say nature, others say it's God. And some might say it's science. However, the fact remains that nature hits harder each and every day. Crime is rising. Some says it's more publicized than before, and that the crime is the same. However, due to the publicity, the criminal minds find ways to do things differently and much more easily. The technology the police department has is being used to prevent crime. With the same technology, the criminals find ways to do more crime more effectively.


Editor's Note: 10/31/13

DHIRENHello Readers,

Three major powerhouses of the Democratic Party in the Local Talk reading area are no longer with us. First, Donald Payne Sr., who left with such a legacy that his name impacted his replacement's election, allowing his son to win easily, along with a new term as well.

Then, Frank Lautenberg, who had left politics for a while, but his popularity and love remained. The people elected him easily in his comeback. His love for people and vice versa continued until he departed this world.

Now, Philip Thigpen, who was not directly involved with the people, but controlled the political atmosphere in Essex County for decades. On Oct. 29, he left this world at age 87, and left a void in the Democratic Party of Essex County.


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