Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
With respect to Farrah, she was the first major female star that I and a millions of other teenage boys idolized back in the '70s. She was the "bomb"! Her performance in the 'Burning Bed" broke new ground and she will always be my favorite "angel"!
May God bless both Michael and Farrah as they rest in peace.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Even more reason to appreciate the strong moral character of our nation's First family.
Email Bounces: 1.5%
Opt Outs (Honored requests for removal): 2.5%
Clicks (Blog visits): 21.8%
Total blog visits since the press release: 440
There were also three "party poopers" who reported the email as SPAM. These folks need to get a life.
Overall, the feedback has been great. Thanks to all who paid a visit!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
In a gracious OT letter, Virginia (Ginny) Scarlatelli thanked a number of individuals, including yours truly, who supported her passion for our free public library.
Ginny is one of the most dedicated people I have had the pleasure of working with and will be sorely missed.
May she be blessed with fair winds and following seas in all her future endeavors.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Mr. Kevin Nedd,
Hello from South Africa where I am completing my second term as a Peace Corps Volunteer. It's always great to receive emails from home -- home being Long Valley -- but it's not every day that I receive an email from a DEMOCRAT from home! Indeed, you and I are a rare breed.
A little bit about me...I grew up in a fiscally conservative, Republican-backing household in Parker Acres but began to identify more with the Democratic Party after running away from Long Valley to Bangladesh in 2005, where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer until our program's evacuation in 2006. (Indeed, the fact that Peace Corps accepted someone like me from a government-is-the-problem-not-the-solution town like Long Valley is still rather astonishing.)
In 2006 I began my graduate studies in Public Administration at Rutgers-Camden, which I completed this year while overseas. From 2007 until now, I have been serving as an HIV/AIDS Community Outreach Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, where I am currently attempting to initiate an HIV/AIDS and food security program for migrant farm workers living and working on commercial farms along the Mozambican-South African border.
When I finish my Peace Corps service in September I plan to come home for a month or two to spend some time with my family and friends before I get back to work -- hopefully in the international development field. When I'm home I'd love to get lunch or coffee with you at some point to discuss being a Democrat in Long Valley and what a young 28 year old like me can do to help the Democratic Party have a stronger presence in Washington Township.
With that said, thank you for the email about your blog at longvalleypolitics.com. Keep up the good fight.
Peace Corps Volunteer w/
The Rural Action Committee of Mpumalanga Province (TRAC-MP)
HIV/AIDS Farm Worker Support Program
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Reversing a three year decline in tax growth, the budget adds $66 more to the average property tax bill. As a point of reference, this year’s K-8 school budget adds only $32.
For all the excuses offered, this municipal budget represents a failure of leadership during a period when many residents are struggling to maintain their standard of living. Like me, many of you are wondering what happen to GOP campaign promises like the one still appearing on Committeeman Howard Popper's website:
"Every tax dollar we spend must directly benefit our seniors, families and children. I am committed to lowering, not containing taxes."
Between now and November you will no doubt hear a lot of talk about “high property taxes” and how Democrats in Trenton are to blame. As someone who delivered three consecutive years of declining tax growth (2006-2008), I say the problem is much closer to home.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
As evidenced by this year's 3.8% municipal tax increase, the days of declining tax growth (4.1%...3.2%...2.3%) experienced during my three years as Finance Liaison) are clearly history with the GOP now in full control.
Washington Township voters deserve what they asked for.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
"Sen. Chuck Grassley says that President Barack Obama has "got nerve" to go sightseeing in Paris while telling lawmakers it's time to deliver on a health-care overhaul."
Sen. Grassley, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, is key to any bipartisan health care deal. Using Twitter -- the Internet-based social connection service allows users to send mass text messages called "tweets" -- the Iowa senator issued two angry "tweets" Sunday morning as the president wrapped up an overseas tour.
For months Mr. Obama had left the details of health-care legislation to Congress, then inserted himself firmly into the debate in recent days, including using his weekly radio address Saturday to declare "it's time to deliver" on health reform.
Sen. Grassley's first tweet: "Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us 'time to deliver' on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND."
A short time later: "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a 'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL."
A Grassley spokeswoman verified that the senator was the author of the messages.
Asked to respond to Sen. Grassley's Twitter commentary, White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said: "President Obama is gratified that the Senate is working hard to bring a health-reform bill to the floor on schedule. He looks forward to continuing his work with them upon his return from the commemoration of Allied heroism at D-Day."
While I can appreciate the response from the White House, let me say what they can't:
Chuck, shut up, get back to work, and stop crying like a baby. It's your job to draft a health care bill for the President's signature. It's not his job to draft one for yours!
Elections have consequences and your party LOST!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Check out the guy on the top row to the left of the VP.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same social deviant whose wife sought sexual satisfaction in another man, which ultimately resulted in this same social deviant driving across town on a snow day and breaking the other man's nose in a brutal attack. An attack, perpetrated in the parking lot of a district elementary school, leading to his arrest.
Isn't it bad enough Washinton Township's largest tax increases occurred during Bill Roehrich's and Ken Short's stints as leaders of the BOE and Township Committee? Now we have dirty tricks and lies to top it off!
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
If you’re like me and love living in Long Valley I think you’ll find the following story absolutely appalling:In the May 21st edition of the Observer Tribune a letter I wrote was published – it can be found by clicking here.
In the letter, I wrote about how the political landscape of our town has turned ugly in recent years, courtesy of a select few that, unfortunately, give that Republican Party a bad name in town.
Well, I don’t claim to be Nostradamus and I’ve certainly never been any good at predicting the future, but certainly my letter was very telling. You see, the good ol’ boys are back at it with their fairy tale fiction writing in high gear, and this may be the worst example ever.
The same week my letter was published supporting DeFrance & Skurchak there were 3 other letters written by Mike Reynolds (Naughright Lane), Theodore Baldwin (Fairview Drive ) and Wayne Garrett (Middle Valley Road) that benefited Short & Roehrich and defamed Skurchak & DeFrance. These three letters shared a common theme – lies, distortion, and personal attacks. It is one thing to challenge an opponent’s record…it’s another to twist & manipulate facts to totally fabricate a story which is what all three of these men did.
I had never heard of Mike Reynolds, Theodore Baldwin, and/or Wayne Garrett. Neither had Jim Skurchak, nor Rick DeFrance. For that matter, nobody I talked with knew these three guys…I am 100% confident that none of you reading this email know them either and for good reason.
After scouring the Washington Township voter database, sifting through countless public records, and conducting numerous online investigative searches for these three men, we had a very difficult time locating them. You will too. The reason? YOU CAN’T LOCATE PEOPLE THAT DO NOT EXIST!!!
That’s right – Mike Reynolds, Theodore Baldwin, and Wayne Garrett do not exist. They do not live in Long Valley and are merely figments of a distorted person’s imagination…three imaginary friends of an immature child who thought Long Valley was too dumb, naive, and indifferent to figure out his deviant actions. Sorry guys. It doesn’t work that way in our town anymore...
It’s easy to defame someone with very strong words - very wrong words, when you’re hiding behind anonymity. These letters contained words so wrong and so strong that the author couldn’t put his own name on them, nor could he find anyone else in the Short/Roehrich camp to do so…
So, yes, believe it or not, someone on the Short/Roehrich side actually had the time, energy, and audacity to not only write the letters, but then obtain three fake email addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org), and submit the vicious letters to the Observer Tribune. The OT is supposed to verify authenticity of each letter, but very obviously they did not. Shame on them. They were fooled, but not us.
If you are receiving this email it’s likely you, like me, and like Rick DeFrance & Jim Skurchak, have chosen to raise a family in Long Valley because of all that is good here. We believe the way to teach our kids right from wrong is to lead by example.
Rick & Jim have admirably chosen to take the high road this election. On election eve, I felt it was important to set the record straight regarding the fraudulent letters.
On Tuesday let’s send a message that the era of bully politics is over in Long Valley. Let’s be proud of our town. Vote Rick DeFrance & Jim Skurchak for Township Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2nd.