Troy Talk

Human Trafficking: Today's Modern-Day Slavery

Yesterday, Jan. 11, was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. 

In its simplest form, human trafficking is about buying and selling people. It exists everywhere around the globe and in different methods. The bottom line is that it is an industry that profits from exploiting people. And it is often and correctly compared with slavery. To better understand who or how a person becomes a victim — and it can be anyone — I urge you to watch this heart-breaking public service announcement.

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The Ban on Plastic Bags: Viewing It Through the Rear-View Mirror

Whatever happened to those plastic bags we used to get at the supermarket? It’s a question some might be pondering as the adjustment to their disappearance has taken hold, and it makes me wonder whether we have relegated those bags to recent history.

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Enjoy The Holiday Season with a Touch of Caution

In the spirit of the holiday season, which begins with Thanksgiving, I urge a sense of caution in an often overlooked area. Auto thefts can increase when drivers focus on holiday activities. We need to be more aware than ever before to prevent these crimes.

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Veterans Day: Thank You For Your Service

Tomorrow, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, and many of us will hopefully invoke the accolade: thank you for your service. Our military personnel pay a steep price to serve their fellow citizens. The task of being away from loved ones must be excruciatingly difficult. And they are always in possible harm's way, ready to defend us. However we do it, whether through a verbal comment acknowledging their commitment, attending a veteran's memorial ceremony, or a parade, we should always express our gratitude.

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Eliminating the Curse of Illegal Guns

When we start our day, is there a news update in recent memory that doesn't lead with a story about a shooting where someone is killed or wounded? Unfortunately, these tragedies have become common, and what adds to the havoc, making it even more confounding, is that criminals have obtained many of those guns illegally.

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Voting: The Bedrock of our Democracy

Our elections are around the corner, and the New Jersey Division of Elections best describes what you can expect from our voting process: safe, simple and secure 

Our country has one of the safest, fairest and most open election procedures among all the world's democracies. Despite a few naysayers driven by partisan politics, all our citizens can rest assured that their votes are counted fairly and in a timely fashion.

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