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Saluting Those Who Serve

tt-veterans.jpgWorking to Provide Veterans with Job Opportunities, Educational Programs, Housing Assistance and Access to Nutritional Food

It is popular today to publicly praise our soldiers and veterans. We see it at athletic events, and in news coverage, even standing in line at Starbucks when someone offers to buy coffee for a person wearing a military uniform. These tributes are fitting, and they avoid the public distancing marked by forgetfulness that seemed to follow some veterans, especially if they served in Korea or Vietnam. Our military personnel deserve all the attention and praise that we shower on them. And honoring our active and retired armed forces members during National Military Appreciation Month is particularly timely.

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A Mother’s Day Tribute

tt-mothers-day.jpgThis is always one of the most bittersweet blogs that I do each year as it comes right before Mother’s Day. It has now been six years since I lost my mother unexpectedly, less than a week after Mother’s Day 2012. And, while the pain never leaves, it is true that I am able to reflect on the time we had together on this Earth with more fondness.

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Fighting Back Against Domestic Violence

tt-fighting-back-domestic-violence-.jpgWhen you examine the issue of domestic violence, the sheer magnitude of the problem and the relentlessness of its presence can give us pause as we try to combat it in a meaningful and measurable way.

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A Call To Action During National Autism Awareness Month

tt-autism.jpgSeldom has a movement had a slogan that distills its message to a few words as the simple one coined by Dr. Temple Grandin: “Different, not less.”

Her pithy description captures the essence of autism and suggests how we should view someone who has it.

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Celebrating Mother Earth

tt-earth-day-2018.pngAs we welcome the deepening of spring (well maybe not this year... sheesh!), with flowers blooming, longer walks and a general uplifting of pleasantness to all, it’s hard not to feel connected to Mother Nature, especially on Sunday, April 22, Earth Day. It allows each of us to have a private celebratory moment to enjoy the earth upon which we live.

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Patent Trolls: A Business Virus Hampering Innovation

tt-patent-trolls.jpgRead a business story since the digital revolution, and the word innovation usually creeps into the language. The implication is that today, unlike the past, change occurs more quickly, and we must innovate if we’re to adapt and even survive.

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SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Children By Identifying The Signs Of Child Abuse

stop_abuse_4.jpgEvery year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of children are victims of child abuse and neglect. One in four children experience child abuse or neglect at some point in his or her life.

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A Renaissance Of Vocational And Technical Education

TT_3.29.18_(1).pngI admit it….I was guilty…guilty of being one on those voices, who for far too long tried to define the academic success of our children after high school by whether or not they attended a college or university. This thinking ignored the simple fact that while going to a four-year college is laudable, it is not always what is best for everyone.

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A Beam of Light on a Sound Idea: The BEAM Act

troy-talk-homes.pngMost of us still remember the economic freefall that started in 2008. Despite economic improvement, scars remain. And one of those ever-present reminders are people who bought homes at the high-water mark and are still underwater regarding their mortgages. It’s a homeowner’s nightmare, owing more for a home — the largest personal investment most people make — than what you can sell it for. I can attest to this from personal experience.

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Developing A Workforce That Achieves Growth With Equity

tt-workforce.pngOne of the fundamental challenges with combating income inequality is ensuring that we have a workforce in place to meet the needs of today’s employers, while being mindful of where the jobs of tomorrow will exist. This requires meaningful strategic investment in New Jersey’s greatest asset -- our human capital -- and making sure that wages for our labor force match that investment. This investment is critically important in today’s day and age as many on the higher rungs of the economic prosperity ladder have done well, while residents in the middle and lower end of the economic scale have largely been left behind.

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