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Editor's Note 07/16/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photoHello Readers,

Sometimes we have to contest against wrongdoings by government employees, including the police. In some cases, we can get lucky - and a keen eye can point out a tiny mistake of the law. A woman in Ohio avoided a parking ticket when she pointed out a missing comma that she claims made the law too confusing to follow. It happened in the small town of Middletown, Ohio, where an ordinance lists certain vehicles that can't be parked on the street for extended periods of time.

The law in question lists vehicles that cannot be parked more than 24 hours, including "motor vehicle camper," according to Business Insider. Andrea Cammelleri took this law to mean that mobile homes could not be parked for 24 hours on city streets, but figured her pickup truck would be just fine. When she found a ticket on her truck the next day, she decided to fight it. She argued she couldn't abide by the law not just because the law was worded wrongly, but because she was unable to understand the law as it was written. The city argued that it obviously meant to say "motor vehicle, camper," but didn't have a copy editor on hand to make sure the comma was in the right spot. Unfortunately for Middletown, a judge with the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals agreed with Cammelleri. He forgave the ticket and directed the city to clarify the law if it wanted to keep enforcing the ordinance.

Bill Cosby thought everything would be fine when he was young. He had money, fame and power. He could have gotten women to his heart's content. Cosby was accused of trying the same trick many times. Eventually he got caught, and confessed in a settlement case. Now the majority of the world does not believe his stories about not drugging other women. Even though he might not be criminally charged, due to the time that has passed, he will have to face many civil lawsuits.

Iran has uranium and is very close to making a nuclear bomb. Iran is a threat for supporting terrorism and producing nuclear weapons. By an agreement between the US, Iran, and five main other countries, Iran would not make a large quantity of material to produce nuclear weapons. In my opinion, President Obama made the right decision. His deal will butter up Iran, which is against the US and its allies. A country has some weight/influence with the terrorist world. A friend of mine named Richard stated the same opinion. The US and its allies have decided on a path to deal with world business and policies. The Cold War is over. We must make decisions according to today's needs.

Obama has made historic changes, Affordable Health Care Act, open relations with Cuba, the Iran Agreement. Obama has changed the economy and at least left us with a better future. The bad thing hanging over us will be the huge debt the US and its residents will face in the future. The Republicans in Congress and Israel are protesting the deal. However, due to the changing needs, we have to change our policy. We have kept close relations with our friends, but have made some enemies as well. We have ruled over the world, but now we have to sustain that leadership, and make this world a better place to live for everyone.

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

Editor's Note 07/09/2015

Hello Readers, 

In Orange, a bus (maybe a #24) careened into the Bank of America at Main and High Streets. One person was struck by the bus, and at least two other people were hurt, with a car being involved as well. The accident happened around 3 pm on July 8.

A group formed by Edward Correa and Emiliano Lemos started a social media campaign for the "Cut Your Ties with Donald Trump Challenge." They started their campaign by cutting Donald Trump product ties on July 3, 2015. Donald Trump has upset millions of Hispanic population as well as many who support equality amongst all residents of the United States.

Despite the controversy, Trump has said that he will win Latino votes if he wins the republican nod for the presidential election. Also, he added that he will win Mexican votes as well. Trump is dreaming or fooling the people. If it does happen, then it will come to the surface as to who does and who does not have integrity. Those without integrity can be bought out easily.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that Jesus would approve of gay marriage. While it is a bold statement, one has to think as to how Carter could possibly know this. It would be good if he had some proof about it. Then, it could end hatred for gay marriage once and for all.

According to the Associated Press, Bill Cosby has given drugs to women before sex. Cosby testified under oath that he has given Quaaludes to women with the intention of having sex with them. In the settlement case concerning a former Temple University employee, he admitted that at least one woman was given the drug. He has testified that he has given three half-pills of Benadryl. Cosby settled the law suit against him in 2006. Cosby resigned as a trustee from the board of Temple University trustees. Cosby has never been charged criminally and the time statutes will keep him out of criminal law suits. However, about 24 women have claimed that Cosby has drugged them for sex.

According to the Christian Monitor, Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs for restructuring phone manufacturer Nokia, who they bought last year. A large company gives a boost to the economy. However, when they downsize, it hurts the economy badly. The market is usually stable when small businesses are able to work with the local community. I think it is high time that the politicians look for the smaller and mid-size businesses to boost the economy. Right now, by the numbers, the economy is booming. But if we see the local economy, for almost the whole nation, it is not doing great. Why there is a huge gap between the figures and the reality?

Mayme Robinson has announced her candidacy for 3rd Ward Council in East Orange, NJ. She will be running against incumbent Quilla Talmadge as an independent candidate in the upcoming November election. It is tough to challenge an incumbent and someone who is as popular as Quilla Talmadge, but Ms. Robinson deserves some recognition for her courage.

East Orange Councilman Thomas Brown passed away at the age of 81. He is known for his wit and mixing with the community. He is the father of East Orange Clerk Cynthia Brown. He was an ardent civil rights advocate. We will all pray for peace for his soul. Local Talk and myself like would like to extend our condolences to his family and wish them strength in this difficult time.

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

Editor's Note 07/02/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photoHello Readers,

Chris Christie announced his Republican presidential candidacy on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Livingston. He has gone against teachers and Newarkers for control of Newark's Public Schools. Now he wants to win the hearts of Newarkers and the nation. He has played a chess move for giving up part of the Newark Public Schools control to Newark's Mayor Ras Baraka. His popularity in New Jersey was receding.

His main goal for the past year was to find out the facts about his chances to win the presidential election. As a resident of New Jersey, I should support him. But from what I've seen in his time as governor, I may not. He has to prove himself not to me only, but to the residents of New Jersey that he is really a capable and people's candidate. I think he has already failed before.

Not long ago, Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy. As we have known him through the media, he likes to be controversial. This time, he took a stance against Mexicans, stating that they were baby making machines and drugs importers. Hispanic organizations protested big time, and finally, NBC cut its ties with Trump. There are only two weeks left until the Miss Universe Pageant. Right now, Trump does not have any TV station to air the Pageant. He has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision. However, the master playmaker will come up with another stroke and find another TV station. He is good at management and can run the country as an efficient business. However, he is selfish and thinks about himself only, and if becomes president, he will think about business for his personal use as well.

Two escaped prisoners in the toughest security at an NY prison practiced their escape before they fled. They scouted one manhole that was close to neighboring house. So they changed their plan and made another manhole in a secluded area, a block away from the prison. Employees at the prison are being checked out to see if they had a part in the escape. The majority of prisons as per reports get things like drugs through security personnel.

The City of Orange had another murder on Monday, near Oakwood Avenue School. The people's perception is that the crime is spiking in Orange. The mayor and police department must be working hard to find a solution and trying to take help from the county prosecutor, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security. In Orange, it is a more diverse community now than twenty years ago.

Flames engulfed an African American Methodist Church in a tiny town in South Carolina. Lately, racism has been spiking in the United States of America. Dylann Roof killed nine Americans (African Americans) on a dark day in the history of America. Now, two persons - who have been apprehended - set the fire in a church. We all know the incidents at Ferguson, New York and many more places. African Americans have gained momentum in getting higher posts in the government and private companies. Is that a crime? No. But in the eyes of some Southern Caucasians? Maybe.

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

Editor's Note 06/18/2015

Hello Readers, 

There is a difference between the United States and Dominican Republic immigrant outlook. The Dominican Republic government gave an ultimatum for illegal immigrants to register until June 17. The majority of illegal immigrants are of Haiti descent. Thousands stood in a line to register, but after days in a line, they heard one unwelcomed answer, 'you do not have the right documents.' Thousands of illegal immigrant Haitians live in the Dominican Republic. They are all on the verge of being deported. The conditions are not that great.


Editor's Note 06/11/2015

Dhiren_Shah_photoHello Readers, 

Newark is the largest populated city in the state of New Jersey. Four casinos closed down in Atlantic City. Does it mean that people stopped going to casino and stopped caring about entertainment? I don't think so. America's economy is getting better, and so does the need for entertainment. Atlantic City is far from the majority of New Jersey's residents. The revenue goes to Philadelphia and New York, except some tax dollars.

In this day and age, we need a casino that is more accessible. Newark is the right choice to place one. The County Executive and Newark Mayor are lobbying for a casino. For a long time after the 1967 riots, Newark was an afterthought. Now, Newark is growing, and coming back to the limelight like New York. Now is the time for Newark to have a casino, which gives residents jobs and an economic boost.

Two murderers escaped from a maximum security in New York. In the five days after the escape, the police, federal investigators and security personal could not find them. The prison is only 20 miles away from the Canadian border, and the news suggests they might have escaped to Canada or even Vermont. They are dangerous prisoners and smart as well. Hopefully, the police can capture them before they hurt anyone.

The World Bank estimated world economic growth to 3% in January. But now they are estimating it at the rate of 2.8%, which is a significant drop. The growth decline is due to the US growth rate being less than expected. According to the Wall Street Journal: "The development institution on Wednesday said that it now expects the world economy to grow by 2.8%, 0.2 percentage point slower than it estimated in January. 'Global growth has yet again disappointed," said World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu.' "Sharp contractions in Brazil and Russia, alongside weaker growth in Turkey, Indonesia and scores of other developing economies are offsetting healthier growth in Europe and Japan, the bank said in its Global Economic Prospects report." Even the US economic growth was reduced from expected, 3.2% in January to 2.7% now for the year 2015.

President Obama ordered the deployment of 450 troops to help the Iraqi army, but not to participate in a battle. I think that is the right move. We should not be a part of it, but we can advise them and show the tactics on how to win the battle. The world has a big fear from ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and ISIL right now. Their intention is to spread violence in my opinion. In the name of God, Jesus or Allah, peace is the way to spread the word to the world. I know that there are many problems in the world, and some persons do not understand simple language, but the majority of the world is innocent. Why punish the innocent people, I don't understand. The rage should be only against those who create a crazy atmosphere due to their selfish reasons.

US-China relations are tense lately. The US, the largest importer of merchandise from China, realized its declining economic power in the world. As China becomes more of a strong economic power, the US owes $1.3 trillion to China. It is very important for us to start making compatible products, both in price and quality. I understand our labor rate is very high, but we must use our labor force with faster production and use the best of their ability and intelligence.

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

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