Monday, November 28, 2011

More strikes against Governor Christie

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How relevant to the experience of most seniors is the lawsuit reported on Page 1 by Staff Writer Kibret Markos?

In a three-part series, The Record's Harvy Lipman is exposing how shabbily the state treats 40,000 developmentally disabled adults, but I'm not sure whose side he's on.

In the first and second parts Sunday and today, he refers to "expensive state institutions" -- code for programs staffed by the unionized public workers who are in Governor Christie's cross hairs.

Christie already has gutted the state Division of Parks and Forestry in a move to privatize the state park system and potentially limit public access, according to the Sierra Club's New Jersey Chapter (Page O-1 on Sunday).

Taking stock

Maybe it's time for interim Editor Doug Clancy and head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes to sum up what Christie has accomplished, now that his first two years in office are nearly up.

Property taxes aren't any lower than when he took office. He's done nothing to improve the environment or mass transit. Local police chiefs are still making ridiculous salaries, many topping Christie's. The list goes on.

Today's paper is another yawner.

The editors virtually ignore issues involving older people, but today, the bottom of Page 1 has a story about a 78-year-old attorney who says he was cheated by a convicted scammer.

However, it's unclear just how many other older people are at risk of falling prey to the same insurance scheme.

Copping out

Sykes leads her Local section with a story about the Englewood schools superintendent, who apparently has run afoul of Christie's limit on salaries, but the editor continues to ignore why police chiefs' pay hasn't been capped (L-1).

Sykes' lazy assignment desk has so much trouble getting routine information on accidents and crime now, she may not want to antagonize police chiefs by exposing their astronomical salaries, sick-day payouts and so forth. 

Today, there really is a big development in Hackensack, Teaneck and other towns that don't make the news that often: All the branches and trees that fell during recent storms will be turned into free mulch for residents (L-1).

I call that mulch ado about nothing.

Dissing old people

Typical of the paper's attitude toward seniors is Staff Writer Mike Kerwick's apparent discomfort with the notion that older people exercise (F-1).

His story is so stiffly written, so phony that you know he's never stepped foot in a gym and seen the many people in their 60s, 70s and 80s exercising their asses off. 

On Sunday, in a story about computer tablets, Kerwick listed "sitcom characters who would buy this."

Where are the Better Living editors when he does such a lousy job on story after story? 

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