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Editor's Note 10/16/2014

DHIRENHello Readers,

The Newark school system has a lot of faulty procedures, as per many Newark parents. The person in-charge of the system, Superintendent Cami Anderson, has stopped answering the media. I understand that. The main goal is to prepare things for the needs of the students.

However, she did call for a press breakfast on October 14, 2014. The press conference was originally scheduled for October 8th, but due to unforeseen circumstances she changed it to the 14th. To my surprise, there were only eight people from the media, while others were from the staff of the school system. I did not seen big name media like CBS, NBC, ABC or Fox.

She narrated her growth and coming to Newark as a Superintendent, which is remarkable. The conference was to start at 8:30, but she came in about 9:20 and immediately started the program. Due to a prior engagement I had to leave the conference at about 10:00 am. However, our reporter was there and did get some feedback.

Her late arrival to her own press conference did not leave a good impression on the media. Everyone's time is very important. Also, she did not clarify the algorithm, and none of the media asked that question during the breakfast. We emailed some questions to her about the algorithm, as well as whether students can change schools in the middle of the year, if they are unhappy for significant reasons.

She explained in her speech that there are many reasons for the siblings to split up, but not Universal Enrollment. I do not agree with her. Yes, there are some reasons that siblings are split up, like one is in high school and one is in middle school. But when there is a choice, let the students and parents decide. That blame goes to Universal Enrollment in my opinion. If the algorithm is really fair and helping the students and families, why is there secrecy? Transparency is a huge problem. I understand that Anderson is working very hard with the best of her ability, as she explained the whole process. However, that should be done with the confidence of the parents and students.

The Newark Public Schools has started the process in 2012 with many town meetings and the opinion of many experts. However, it was not emphasized correctly, and there was no forums to truly present alternatives. Therefore, they put their plan into place.

Even in a posh area (suburbs), parents and students do not react until it hits when the real time comes. This is why the protests are stronger now than when the town meetings took place. I have seen many around our neighborhood going to jail for parking tickets and sometimes under a hundred dollars. They have not been used to acting way ahead of time, and when license suspended and they have to pay a restoration charge of $100, then it hits them.

The school process is the same thing. Many well educated persons do not file their taxes in time. Do we blame them? Yes; they have to pay the penalty and when they can afford it, they pay it and forget it. In the same way, when the real time came, the parents and children reacted, but for their late reaction, they should not be penalized. Every school is getting enough money per student, and the school administrators are getting paid enough, so they must manage it in the best interest of students.

For not growing Newark School system, Anderson gave a few causes; Newark is below the poverty level, a lack of trust and poor management. She wants to make 100 excellent schools in Newark and make it 40% charter schools, up from 5% charter schools in 2013. I asked a question to myself, are students ready for her huge change? Can the new administrators and teachers of the charter schools improve education? If it does not happen, then does Anderson has an alternative? I am not being negative, but we should prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario.

The way they are trying to force the system and making huge changes, this may succeed also, and maybe Anderson will become a legend for transforming the school system. I wish her and the students the best.

There is a second case of a worker treating Ebola patient Eric Duncan, a Liberian native, who lost his life after traveling to West Africa. The nurse travelled in a commercial plane two days before, when she had a 99.5 temperature. If she has any idea, she would not have traveled. She travelled because she planned that trip. We should not blame her for any reason. We cannot put a quarantine on all good Samaritan doctors and nurses helping an Ebola patient. They are trying their best, risking their lives to try to find out a cure for the disease.

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

Editor's Note 10/09/2014

DHIRENHello Readers,

Michael Phelps was suspended for 6 months from swimming competitions. He was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and violating the USA swimming organization's code of conduct. The suspension was announced a day after he entered a six-week treatment program. He will not be eligible to compete at the April 6, 2015 USA Swimming competition and will not participate in August 2015 in Russia and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the International Business Times, "A fight broke out in a bathroom on the north side of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The confrontation, which was captured on video, took place shortly before kickoff as fans waited to use a Levi's Stadium bathroom, Santa Clara police told ABC News in San Francisco. Two men, both wearing 49ers jerseys and hats, assaulted two others, knocking one of them unconscious. They were arrested and charged with felony assault."

All four seem like they were 49ers fans. However, the ego and showing off might be the problem here. They have not announced the reason for the bloody brawl.
"During this incident, a fan wearing a Frank Gore shirt punched a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey, knocking the man to the ground. The fan in the Gore shirt and a fan in an Aldon Smith jersey then landed several punches on a fan in a Navarro Bowman jersey," as reported. That same day, fans in Philadelphia started a fight in the upper deck of the Eagles' home stadium.

Ebola, a deadly virus, has scared everyone. According to Time, "A Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola in Madrid this week told health authorities at least three times she had a fever before she was finally placed in quarantine, it emerged Wednesday, despite having helped treat a patient who later died of the virus. The nurse, named by the media as Teresa Romero Ramos, is the first person to have caught the Ebola virus outside of Africa in the current outbreak." Thomas Eric Duncan, the 42-year-old Liberian man who became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died on Wednesday morning.

AT&T will pay $80 million in refunds to consumers, $20 million in penalties to states and a $5 million penalty to the Federal Communications Commission for unauthorized charges for ringtones and text messages containing love tips, horoscopes and other services. Over the last four years, they have been charging typically $9.99 a month for ringtones and text messages. AT&T used to keep at least 35% of their customers. Maybe some readers might think to change their carrier, but all of the carriers are doing the same thing one way or the other.

November 5th brings an important election. The Democrats is trying to tell us to save the majority, and capture the majority of the senate. However, I usually think otherwise. Our vote is not one vote, but the value of two votes. When we don't vote and if we are a democrat, the democratic candidate loses one vote. And if vote for a Republican candidate, the Democratic candidate will be behind by two votes.

For example, in the majority of the country, the gallop poll counts the Democratic voter as one Democratic vote. Then, by the poll they estimate the percentage. When there is a Democratic stronghold, and people tend to vote only for Democrats, the elected officials tend to ignore the voters and take care of only some groups to win the election. This happens with Republicans as well in some places.

Many times unknown but powerful candidates run for election, and he/she wins the election, but due to it being a single incident, the parties do not have fear of voters. However, if you elect a Democrat in a Republican stronghold - or vice versa - then the party rethinks its assumption they will win all the time. If the voters want a huge change, they must elect the other party's candidate to show their feeling as a group. Then, you will see the candidates start working for the people.

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


Editor's Note 10/02/2014

DHIRENHello Readers,

Many things have happened from the last editorial to this one. This includes the failure of the Secret Service, letting a man jump the fence of the White House. He then entered the front door near the East Wing, where the President and his family lives. Thank God that this person only had a knife, not a bomb, and was apprehended. Still, he reached near the executive mansion. We spend hundreds of millions on the security of the President, and this is a huge breach of security.

According to the Huffington Post, after the Sept. 19 incident, several other security blunders came to light. Am armed convict was allowed in an elevator with Obama during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month. And, officers fumbled their response to a 2011 incident where a gunman fired at the White House residence. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, "The president concluded that new leadership of that agency was required." Finally, on October 1, Julia Pierson, Director of the Secret Service resigned. Immediately, Joseph Clancy was appointed as Interim Acting Director of the Secret Service. We must have a top notch Secret Service to protect our President.

In Hong Kong, protestors picked an unusual spot to protest. They picketed near many name brands stores, like Fendi, Prada, DKNY, and Coach. In the Wall Street protest, they were not so organized, but in Hong Kong they are organized. Outside the Fendi store was their first-aid station, and outside Coach, their supply stand. They will last longer in their protest against the government. "Most of the flagship stores are here and actually we want to affect our stock market price and then to form pressure to push the government to respond to our request," said Kiyo.

Newark Schools still have many problems as I've heard. The Newark One Plan may have been a well thought out plan, but it seems like the committee who made this plan were disconnected with the people. We always says one murder is too many. In the same way, one student's problem is too many, and this time it's many students' problem. It is very easy to adjust the top ranking students, but very tough to allocate the right schools for each and every child. Before anyone is allocated to a school, they should be happy with it. If they are unhappy, it will impact their studies. The majority of students have 5 to 15 minutes travelling to their school, but one student having to travel one hour is a problem. Giving them bus cards does not solve the problem.

Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson called a press conference on October 14, 2014 (it was originally on October 8th and rescheduled). I would like to listen to Anderson and her points. Governor Christie and Cory Booker, who were a part of this orchestrated One Newark Plan, are not saying anything about it now. If it is about money, than I would have condemned those who are playing with the lives of the students. The governor is sitting in Trenton making decisions of the future of Newark, and he should come out and face the consequences of the people. In a democracy, we take opinions of all, and we should get together before we decide anything.

The Newark School Advisory Board has frozen Anderson's salary, but regarding its legality we don't know. Anderson is getting paid by the State, not the School Board. The School Board is an advisory board which impacts the decisions of the Superintendent, but cannot be forced. So the governor will decide according to the statute.

A man in Texas diagnosed with Ebola had treatment last Friday, and the authorities let him go home without getting all of the clinical facts. He might have been in contact with his family when he went home. In addition, the CDC has been conducting briefings for months to inform hospitals and clinicians about the proper protocol for diagnosing patients suspected of having the virus as well as the ways to manage them If Ebola spreads, who will be at fault for letting the patient go home?

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

Editor's Note 09/24/2014

DHIRENHello Readers,

In Delhi, India a young man fell or jumped into a Bengal tiger's enclosure (open cage). The video shows that he was praying to God to save him while the white tiger was standing right by him for almost two minutes. The visitors from the top made loud noises, and then the tiger attacked and took him away from the crowd into his cage. Many times young people do stupid things, which we always call a dare. Everyone likes a daring person, but dares can be very dangerous, so we all should be very careful. Before you do, you should take every precaution.

Algerian militants beheaded a French tourist due to France's support and action against Islamic militants in Iraq. At least this time they have not shown the video of the beheading, but at the end, the militant holds a French tourist's head to the camera.

Michael Brown's death is already one and half months old, but Ferguson youngsters are still in shock, and it is not out of the people's mind yet. On Tuesday, September 23, the candles and mementos near the Brown's death spot were set ablaze. The officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Still, the protest power has not gone yet.

Apple's iPhone 6 has a bending problem. The phone is so thin that when people put their phone in their pocket, and if the pants are skin tight, the phone bends. Analysts says that it is the design flow, as the lightweight aluminum shell is more malleable than expected. Samsung must be feeling great, as this may cause some of those on a waiting list for four million phones to divert to the Samsung S5.

A police officer who shot a man in a Beavercreek, Ohio Wal-Mart on August 5 will not face any charges. The man who got shot was holding a fake gun. A grand jury found that Sgt. Darkow and officer Williams had not committed a crime when they shot the man. Many times we blame police officers, but they are discharging their duties and they have full right to act upon for protecting themselves as well.

President Barack Obama appealed to heads of 150 nations for support against militants whom he called the "cancer of violent extremism" at a United Nations seminar. Obama seized the mantle of a wartime president as he issued a rallying call from the podium of the United Nations for international support in the fight to destroy the "network of death" of the Islamic State. He appealed for support against the mounting threat for security and health.

In Newark's U.S. District Court, former reality show star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother were charged for filing false documents that understated their income from businesses. Also, Mike Sorrentino was charged with failing to file taxes in 2011 in which he earned nearly $2 million.

An attorney for a Columbia High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting five students asked for leniency and reduction in bail money. So far, it has not been accepted and remains at $500,000. When a teacher diverts into the wrong direction, obviously we should prevent those kind of situations. Most of the time it is a male who has been caught for sexual assault, but this time is a female who has been charged. She is innocent until proven guilty, but the authorities has taken the right steps in my opinion.

Yankee legend Derek Jeter, who will be the last player to wear #2 for the team, will have played his last game by the time you receive this newspaper. He was a heartthrob for the majority of Yankee fans. I would love to have seen Jeter play the last game of his career after 20 years of playing with Yankees. He's leaving at the age of 40 and is a lock for the hall of fame. For the past few years, Jeter has been introduced by a recording made by late commentator Bob Sheppard, and his voice will be retired along with Jeter. It is credible for a batsman to achieve an over .300 average, and Jeter will retire with a batting average of .310 over a period of 20 years. Jeter was born in Pequannock, NJ and his parents live in West Orange. In that way, we count Jeter as a local hero.

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

Editor's Note 09/18/2014

Hello Readers,

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.

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