Yesterday, Jan. 6, National Technology Day, is a worthy moment to consider the impact and importance of technology on how we live. Whether it’s the wheel or the smartphone, we feel its impact every day. For most of us in recent years, the internet has produced an inevitable leveling of access for the first time to worldwide information.
And access is the crucial ingredient to this information. Our reality demonstrates that many of our citizens, especially in low-income and rural areas, have inadequate or no broadband access.
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world….Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
Today, December 3 is National Roof Over Your Head Day. The fact that this day follows Thanksgiving is not a coincidence. This awareness day intends to serve as a simple reminder “to appreciate what you have."
November is National Adoption Month. This designation is an essential reminder of how you can change someone’s life for the better by offering permanent or foster care to a child. It reminds all of us to help in creating awareness for adoption. All children deserve love, affection and support.
In my blogs, I often refer to issues that need improvement or raise the specter of a problem. While adoption and foster care remain an important policy priority of our state, we can point to New Jersey as a leader in this area.
A sign carried by an attendee at the 2019 Veteran's Day Parade in New York City captures the essence of this blog: "Thank You for Defending Our Freedom."
It is a hard act to follow. And in the wake of our recent election, many have heard about promises to our military personnel. I would like to think that beyond promises and words is direct, concrete action, which has characterized my involvement and views exemplified by the aforementioned sign.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day. After months of ads, campaign speeches, and pledges and positions postulated by candidates, the time has arrived. You will have the right to cast your vote, if you haven’t already, including one for the most important political office in the United States.
In the early stages of the pandemic, most Americans learned for the first time, what it was like to be out of consumer goods, including perishable items like food. It was an eye opener, This time gave us a sobering glimpse into what it is like for someone to suffer from food insecurity: wondering if you had enough food in the house or whether you had enough for today’s dinner. This feeling, while fleeting, for many is the reality for so many of us.
Throughout the years that I have been writing this blog, I ask myself where I have not only taken a strong stand but devoted a substantial portion of my legislative efforts to righting an ongoing wrong.
One of those positions is domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is important that we continue to promote policies that support the victims of domestic violence – not just this month, but all year round. To that end, I have a number of proposals that focus on protecting and supporting victims of domestic violence.
Bullying is an undeniable, unfortunate fact of life. We are either victims of it, witness it or forgive me for saying it, maybe even a participant.
It is a mean, arrogant and despicable practice. Bullying practices can end in hatred and racism. And unfortunately, the digital age, which has brought us many technological benefits, has given us cyber bullying. A thoughtless comment, post, or insinuation can leave as much pain as a push in the classroom or a bump on the playground.
When we think about casting our votes for the November election, we are often consumed by the question of “WHO do we want to represent us?” However, there are other important considerations on the ballot this year, comprised in three public questions posed to the voters.