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September Is National Prostate Cancer Month: When’s The Last Time You Got A Screening?

tt-prostate-cancer.jpgIt’s among the scariest words men face: You have prostate cancer. My father and my uncle both heard them and had their lives changed forever. That’s why in September, National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, it is so important for men to get a screening if they fit into the recommended age guidelines. Just as women across the nation use “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” as a reminder to schedule their annual mammography, us men should use the month of September as an impetus to schedule our screenings as well.

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Avoiding The Approaching Higher Health Care Cost Storm Clouds

tt-graphic-storm-clouds-b.jpgAs Congress grapples with the final disposition of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — amid the effort by President Donald Trump to dismantle it — all of us can anticipate taxpayers grumbling with economic pain throughout the country.

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Better Schooling: Offering An Innovative Idea

tt-schooling.jpgWe’ve heard the cliché, running in place results in predictable results. This method represents the status quo and an acceptance of things as they are, which is a poor foundation for future success, especially if the subject is the education of our children in decades to come. I would suggest that one of the clues that can propel our children toward a more successful future is to approach education with a creative touch that has often been lacking.

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Back To School - Positive And Prepared

troy-talk-back-to-school.jpgAs summer comes to a close, parents and students all over the country will celebrate National Back to School Month. As we begin to prepare for school, children all over will be doing back-to-school shopping, and parents will be looking for information to ensure their students are prepared.

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A Day To Remember: Women’s Equality Day

troytalkwomensday-v10.jpgHere’s a brief history quiz. What is the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution?

I’m not trying to trick you but rather to emphasize the amendment’s importance — it prohibits states and the federal government from discriminating against anyone’s right to vote based on gender. It is without doubt one of the first great victories for women’s rights, and upon reflection, the broadening of rights for everyone.

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Evidence-Based Policymaking: The Ultimate Test Of What Works

evidence_1.pngDoes it work? Is it worth it?

These two short sentences are the public’s two most salient questions when they hear about a new program, policy or initiative. They represent a common thread: citizens pay for all of these with their tax dollars.

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Right-To-Work Laws: A Common Falsehood

There is an old adage, "If something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is." I am reminded of this when I hear proponents of Right-to-Work laws talk about their impact on the labor market and the overall economy. Despite its seemingly well-intentioned name, this type of law does not guarantee anyone a job or provide a state with an economic boom.

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A Letter To My Bosses

LTMB.jpgDear Bosses,

You don’t often ask me directly what I’m doing, or even more importantly, what I have done for you. When I began working for you — the residents of the 7th legislative district — my goal was always to do the best job possible, to protect and advance your interests and to establish a framework for anticipated and unanticipated challenges in the future.

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Closing Illegal Gun Loopholes

tt-illegal-gun-loopholes.jpgEnhancing Existing Laws will Make NJ’s Communities and Streets Safer

New Jersey has some of our nation’s strongest gun laws. Yet, too often, illegal firearms move far too easily into New Jersey from states with weaker gun laws and end up on our streets due to inconsistent state regulations. There is no federal anti-trafficking law that would provide some uniformity in this regard, so it has become easier for criminals to exploit weaknesses in the system and flood our communities with illegal guns. 

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The Sweetness Of New Jersey: Our Blueberry Crop

tt-blueberries.pngIt is National Blueberry Month, and in New Jersey….this is a big deal! The highbush blueberry is the official state fruit and New Jersey remains among the nation's top blueberry producing states. Blueberries are one of the more lucrative crops produced here in the state. Combined, with cranberries, they produce upward of two-thirds of all fruit industry revenues in New Jersey. And there’s a legitimate homegrown feel to blueberries because they are also one of the few fruits native to North America.

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