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When I first moved here 16 years ago, I made two immediate observations: 1. there are no sidewalks and 2. the mentality of the area is “We’re depressed, therefore you must give.” This blog tackles #2 regularly. Along Wheaton Avenue right now, #1 is being addressed. Sure, a couple million dollars of federal stimulus money is behind this, but it is still nice to see . . . The Norcross machine sure gets a lot of grief in this state, particularly this area. It’s deserved. But I did notice that Don Norcross, the brother of South Jersey the political boss, has proposed something that actually makes sense. Did you know you can’t purchase a motorcycle in New Jersey on Sunday? This archaic blue law should have been off the books some time ago. Will it bring back Millville Harley? No. Will it solve our economic woes? No. But here is a proposal that will help without a single tax being levied against the citizens. This is good . . . While I have been generally impressed with the job Gov. Christie is doing, I am concerned about the budget that is about to be passed. It doesn’t seem to have been reduced, and I keep hearing about tax increases buried in there. Christie will pay a hefty price if he has taxes/fees in his budget. Not only will he be hammered for it, he will lose the respect of those who have supported him . . . A guest of ours on Sunday said to me, “I had no idea how loud the track is” on his way out. Sunday was a “quiet” day in our neighborhood, although we were able to hear it over the motor we ran for our water slide . . . Speaking of NJMP, the AC Press seems to be onto the idea that NJMP is not drawing crowds. Sure would like to hear more about this . . . Today is the confirmation hearing for an American hero. General Patraeus will be on the Hill today. Of course, there is silence from MoveOn.org. When President Bush had Patraeus in charge, the whacky left group cried “General Betray Us”. Why the hypocrisy when President Obama hires the same guy? Could it be that MoveOn.org is not principled? . . . Who would have thought that Kevin Costner’s legacy would include cleaning up oil in the Gulf? . . . Why the differences in functions for the same software depending on one’s mobile unit, MLB? No streaming games or player stats if you don’t own an iPhone or iPad. Bah! . . . Are you ready for The Daily Journal to go behind a paywall? I haven’t paid for this paper in the last seven years and I don’t plan on adding it to the Owens budget to read the drivel that passes for local news. Is Gannett really that bold? . . .

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