President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 workers and necessary medicine and equipment to fight Ebola, after 2,200 deaths were caused by this deadly disease. It is very good that Obama has done this.
Also, Obama ordered an airstrike in Iraq. Although U.S. Generals suggested ground troops in Iraq, Obama declined the option, saying that he wouldn't engage in another ground war in Iraq. Obama clearly gave the right order to have an airstrike, which reduces the chances of fatalities.
After ISIS/ISIL beheaded two American journalists, they beheaded one British aid worker. They are trying to scare us. We are nice, but we do not take hostility. We are strong and try not to use our power wrongly, but when there is a crisis, we stand behind each other. We are citizens of United States, and we are proud of our country. We all are behind our President, as we have chosen him to lead us in good times and crises as well.
I am not fully committed to Obama, but what Obama has done is right, and we should give him credit for it. The Dow Jones Industrial Index was around 7,700, the unemployment rate was about 7.3 percent, and it went up to 10 percent in October 2009. Everyone was talking against him. He did not have any backing from the Senate. But then, slowly and gradually the market started turning around and went at a very slow pace until September 2011, when the unemployment rate was about 9 percent.
Since then, we have seen a reduced unemployment rate, which is now at 6.1 percent. Besides the reduced unemployment rate, we have not seen a good economy as far as the smaller and urban businesses are concerned. I think the President and local businesses must come up with programs that will boost the economy of mom and pop stores. We want to save those businesses that are the backbone of the economy.
The City of Orange's council is trying to open talk about making businesses pay sick days to the employees. The idea is not bad, as employees do need sick days. Local Talk does give sick days. When I ask Councilman Elroy Corbitt about how many sick days city employees are getting, he said that it is under their contract. First, we should keep it all equal. Second, I do not agree that the city will decide the number of sick days for Orange businesses. Businesses are not doing great in many cities. The city has already raised taxes on businesses through real estate taxes. Taxes are paid by every business (directly or indirectly), whether they rent or are a landlord. Now they are trying to open talk about enforcing how businesses are run. I do not agree. The councilman says that it is for discussion only. But as you all know, if it comes on the floor and the council passes the resolution or ordinance, they will pass it on to the businesses. I think they should request input from the businesses and not the chamber of commerce, who is not very active with all of the businesses.
We've talked about Newark, but before we can talk to our friends and family, we must make some changes. Those friends and family members can become visitors of Newark. But we do need some places that visitors can visit and remember for the rest of their lives. If someone goes to New York, they talk about the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, theatres district, Central Post Office, Fifth Avenue Shopping area, Madison Square Garden and so on. We have places, but nothing visitors would have a lot of interest in.
There is a perception that Newark is a not a place for visiting. Now, we have Riverfront Park we can be proud of, along with the Prudential Center, Symphony Hall, NJPAC, and buildings like Prudential and Panasonic. We have modes of transit such as Newark Penn Station and even an international airport. Lately, the Highline Walk in New York City has become a major attraction. We should collect ideas from people in order to make some unique attraction to attract visitors here.
On Wednesday in Kano, Nigeria, a terrorist group attacked a western style school, killing 15 and injuring 35. Boko Haram is the main suspect in this attack. Boko Haram's movement is in Northern Nigeria so far. Even though Kano is in southern Nigeria, the style of shooting, firing on fleeing students and using explosives, makes them the prime suspect as reports say.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.