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Dhiren Shah

Editor's Note: 9/26/13

Hello Readers,

Texas Senator Republican Ted Cruz spoke for 22 hours on defunding Affordable Care Act program. Finally, after the overnight filibuster ended, the Senate approved a stop gap funding bill to avert the possible partial shutdown of the government. It was approved 100-0, meaning all of the senators, including Ted Cruz, voted in favor of the bill. According to U.S. News "This afternoon's vote cleared the way to begin debate on a House-passed stopgap spending bill that includes language to defund the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is expected to strip that provision from the bill and return to the House later this week a clean stopgap measure to keep the government funded through Nov. 15."

It is very important to run the government efficiently. The Affordable Care Act will improve the probability of helping the working middle and poor class. However, the health care program is still not clear to the majority of the people and health care providers. That is mismanagement in my opinion. The republicans are stating that the Affordable Care Act is about $328 per person per month. If it is true, then that will hurt the U.S. economy and break the backs of smaller and middle size businesses, as well as people.

Also, there is a looming problem of debt ceiling limit by October 16, 2013. According to USA today, "The Treasury Department has been undertaking what it calls 'extraordinary measures' to keep the nation under the debt limit since May. Those measures include delaying pension fund payments. If we have insufficient cash on hand, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history." U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said. "But as of Oct. 17, the Treasury expects its cash-on-hand will be reduced to $30 billion. The government typically spends $60 billion every day."

If the debt ceiling limit is not raised by October 16, than the government will be working on a day to day basis. It will pay their bills as their revenue comes to them.

To my surprise, Governor Christie picked the Orange Business District for his campaign. While on the campaign trail, Christie visited briefly the Orange Library. Orange Library has been closed for a few months due to contamination and other violations. Orange is a small town, but it does need support. By having a relationship with the governor and letting him look first hand will probably bring more money to the city.

The Orange Library board has not served their budget efficiently in the past. Orange's budget has been supported totally within the city budget, and they requires the council's approval. The council has passed a temporary budget to fix the necessary things, but has not passed the full required maintenance budget to bring the Orange Library up to par. Maybe the governor's visit will improve the probability of getting the funding needed for the repair of the Library.

We keep on hearing about more and more violent attacks every day. The latest one is in Nairobi, Kenya. Terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall, killing 66 people along with the deaths of five terrorists as well. Part of the mall collapsed, 200 people were injured. The United Nations should investigate this and other kinds of incidents like this. At the same time, they should investigate why these killings are happening and try to resolve the hatred in the world.

In Mumbai, India, three rape cases were registered in less than a week. Also, last week, 9 persons raped an 11 year old young girl who was sleeping on a sidewalk, as she had no other place to live. A 23 year old photo journalist was raped by 5 persons in Mumbai in August. The blame game for correcting the problem has been going on for years from the police department, to society, to political powers to the young generation, following the footsteps of the western world.

The Newark City Council elected Luis Quintana as council president. This will conclude the hype of electing a new councilperson to replace Donald Payne, Jr. as the deciding vote on the 9 person council.

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

Editor's Note: 9/11/13

DHIRENHello Readers,

Last week, I was a little disappointed when President Obama said that the credibility of the U.S. was the reason to invade Syria. However, I was much impressed by the speech he delivered Tuesday night. Many political pundits did not agree with his speech, and thought it was too soft. However, under the circumstances of the offer to compromise for the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, he will not pursue invading immediately. On a wise note, he has continued informing Congress about the power in his hand to act if he chooses. (By law, he can call for action, and approval by Congress will make it easier for himself and his administration). The threat of a strike gave some pressure to think, and go along for the safety of the world. We do need to put some pressure on the bad guys, but at the same time we don't want to encourage some bad elements to go against us, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Two events will take place before a strike. First, the U.N. Security Council will meet and negotiate the issue. Then, members of Congress will have their votes cast, whether to give power to the president with some money backing. We made a huge mistake at the time of Iraq by giving power to President Bush. We should not repeat the same mistake again.

Twelve years ago, it was a horrific nightmare for all Americans and well wishers of America throughout the world. 2,996 people were killed in the terrorist attacks, and even today, many police officers, firefighters and people are suffering from the fumes of the World Trade Center's collapse. We cannot forget the image of the twin towers in our lifetime. The Twin Towers were the landmark for all of us looking from New Jersey and Connecticut approaching New York City. It took a long time for all of us to get used to the fact that they were no longer there. We pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and commend all of the officers and fire department who served with dignity at that much needed time. Also, we should not forget Benghazi, where our four diplomats were killed last year.

The City of Newark paid tribute to the 9/11 victims and heroes at the "Day of Remembrance." A majority of the local cities did not organize any event, and Montclair has decided to have a formal ceremony at every 5th year.

On an interesting side note, I found out that if Mayor Booker is elected to the Senate, Business Administrator Julien Neals would be mayor for 30 days while the council would deliberate on electing an interim mayor. The matter could be decided in court though.

Derek Jeter will not play again this season, and there is speculation is that he will not play again in Major League Baseball. Last year, he broke his ankle in the playoffs. Whether he plays again or not, he is a hero for millions, and especially in our community where his parents live.

In India, the session Judge will give his judgment for the much publicized gang rape case in Delhi. The police and the prosecutor demanded the death penalty for the brutal rape on December 16, 2012 of a 23 year old girl going back home from work. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012. It is very difficult to ask for the death penalty, but the way the rape was done, the people of India are asking for it, and that this is necessary to prevent future rapes, which happen and come out to light almost every week.

State Assemblyman Albert Coutinho is facing a criminal investigation into his dealings with his family's non-profit foundation, the Bernardino Coutinho Foundation, per a report by the Star Ledger. In the report, it was stated, "In recent years, the foundation has raised little or no money, but keeps writing checks for event supplies, according to tax returns. The annual losses are then written off as loans from trustees, with the loans amounting to $560,000 in 2011, the latest tax returns show." The Assemblyman resigned on Sept. 11. Recently, he had a heart attack and was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ.

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

Editor's Note: 9/6/13

DHIRENHello Readers,

 A U.S. Senate Panel (Committee) has approved a military strike on Syria. Their resolution will be introduced to the Senate for approval of giving power to President Obama to take action. President Obama said it's an issue of American Credibility. However, I do not agree with the president. We should not strike because of our credibility, but we should strike for humanity purpose. The Syrian government has crossed the line and killed over 1,400 innocent people. However, we have accepted the United Nations as the one to oversee all the international affairs and make tougher sanctions or strike with the help of UN members. Obama has already declared that with the humanitarian reason, the U.S. will not hesitate to strike. He is trying to save the threat to Israel, one of our close allies. I think a strike is needed, when nothing can be done, but it should be done through the United Nations.

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Editor's Note: 9/2/13

DHIRENHello Readers,

Thousands gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to commemorate the march and the historic speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago on August 28, 1963. The majority of the urban cities, including different nationalities, took time off and rejuvenated the momentum of equality amongst all races. Buses from our area from each city went to Washington with the spirit of memory and determination against injustice. The recent example is the movement against stop and frisk by the New York Police Department has been out in the public and New York City Mayor Bloomberg supported the policy to bring the crime down. There is the famous quote "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." Unfortunately, the practice is different and the majority of times the laws are in favor of the police department.

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Editor's Note: 8/22/13

DHIRENHello Readers, 

President Barack Obama has endorsed the much talked about Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Last Week, Local Talk endorsed him for the Senate against Republican right winger Steve Lonegan. New Jersey has a huge Democratic base of registered voters, but it is shrinking. As of 2009, there were 5,220,000 registered voters compared to 5,245,000 now, an increase of one half of one percent. The Democratic Party's registered voters today are about 1.75 million compared to the Republican Party's count of 1.07 million. The balance is independent voters.

In 2010, 42% of voters invoked their right to vote. Now if the Democratic Party's voters think that their votes are not important, thinking that Cory Booker will win anyway, then the Democratic Party's votes will be reduced, and Booker will have a tougher time in getting elected. So I appeal to all of the voters to cast their ballot on October 16 on Wednesday (it is not Tuesday) and vote for the best and right candidate.

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