Monday, November 17, 2014

Atlantic City is There a Chance for Rebirth

           Question? 

     Why isn't the 11.9% unemployment rate in Atlantic County getting any media attention? Living here in New Jersey at the shore, I would have to be dead not to know about the casino’s that have closed their doors. The rumors that other casinos are preparing to file for bankruptcy, it is rather frightening if you take a moment to think about it.
     Do that think about the 8,000  hotel employees that are now out of jobs, and the ones who may be shortly? To ignore the ostrich in the center of the room is just plain dumb. So I have to ask myself just what is the plan for Atlantic City? It has been a historical tourist location for families in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as well as for visitors from other countries. So why aren’t we hearing about a plan to change gears and take a different approach revitalizing the area rather than hanging onto the casino’s which are dying?
     The fact is that since other states such as New York and Pennsylvania have earned the right to have gambling in their states the influx of customer to that area has died off drastically. Here’s the thing though, it is as much a part of our New Jersey culture as is skiing, boating, or going to the mountains. Since families began taking time in the summer to relocate to the beach, it has been one of the more long-standing resort areas within New Jersey. In fact, AC was the location for the average man and his family to escape even for a short weekend.
     Please don’t misunderstand I am not against other states having casino’s in their home state. What I am against is watching people suffer when this issue should be on channel twelve news or one of the other national media broadcasters. It should be in the forefront of the media’s attention, & in the people’s attention.
     I don’t have a solution to revitalize an area that is known for its many  internal issues. Unless something changes drastically, it is almost a sure bet that the crime rate will go up extensively there.  At this point though someone does need to come up with a plan to draw business back to AC. To make it the tourist or residual income draw it once was and could be again. Government insists “Sure things are getting better.” I’m just not buying it, and here’s another thought. What happens when the unemployment runs out for those moms and dads who have given their lives to a thankless industry?
     How do you start over when there is nothing there to start with? I could bombard you with statistics and numbers but for tonight I won’t. The only real player in this with any kind of plan seems to be Stockton College. There intent to open a pilot campus in one of the hotels and keep part of the hotel open for business.
     I only ask that you leave a comment either here or on my author page under the blog post. Tell me do you think if the media/Governor/New Jersey Corporations are doing anything to fix this issue they have dumped on New Jersey’s residents lap? What do you think the solution is?

Or do you think we are stepping closer to another great depression?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Honor Our Remaining Veterans

23,234,000 Veteran’s Remaining

Since the birth of this country 41,892,128 Soldiers took up arms and served their country faithfully during times of war. From the birth of the American Revolution to the present day, their job hasn't changed much in over almost a century and a half.
If it’s an enemy, they squash them defending our beliefs and ideals. These men and women have all too often had to take abuses from their enemies that they don’t deserve. Abuse that at times came from right here at home.

 American soldiers have served this country during times of war and peace. If you take that complete figure provided by The US Department of Veteran Affairs and look at only those who served during war times, it is a shocking Statistic. 16,962,000, soldiers who fought for this country are living still today. Men and women from every nationality and walk of life, each soldier who sacrificed a piece of themselves to keep us safe. Sixteen million may not seem like a lot, but that is all that remain.
Those are the ones still alive still living with the high price of being a soldier. Our Vets, I have no doubt would pick up arms to defend their country today if the need arose.
Per The National WWII War Museum 

It takes a certain stamp of character to become a soldier. I would go so far as to say that going in these individuals are one thing and come out from the experience someone completely different. They know what it means to be responsible for the safety of others, to sacrifice all for the greater good.
When life is good, we seem to forget just what it means to serve as a soldier, protecting the rights of all. We forget that it's our job to honor and protect them as well.  It’s easy to forget if you haven’t lived it. If it hasn't touched your life personally. These men and woman carry scars the average person cannot fathom. I find it sad that in a country that wishes to honor our differences and the  individuality of all, we cannot honor the diverse population of men and women who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we take for granted.
We will take off from work or school, for religious holidays, to honor presidents, and political figures, yet we do no more than mark a date on the calendar to recognize our brave soldiers who gave everything. We cheapen their unselfish behavior in keeping us safe. They protect an ideal that should still matter, and does to most of them.
 It’s a belief that the American people need to have someone watching their backs. That someone has been our soldiers. The same soldiers the media love to condemn, unable in their ignorance to even comprehend what it means to live under hostile conditions. They have to live with knowing that a man, woman, or child who walks around their base during daylight can very well be the same sniper taking shots at them from a building or hilltop.
We as a culture have cheapened their day, "Veterans Day"  into no more than a shopping holiday. Is that really honoring them? Right now in most states Veterans Day is one of the many holidays on the calendar, not unlike Saint Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day that means little or nothing. We as its citizens have done that. Diminished their sacrifice, taking away the honor they each earned.
Having a husband who served his country as a soldier for over twenty-five years I can better understand why our Veterans get pissed off at us. Where their frustration must come from is understandable. Do we treat Veterans Day like any other day? The answer is yes, we as a society have minimized the meaning behind it.
I can say without a doubt that if the need ever arose for our Veterans to defend us here in our own backyard, those that can would do so. They wouldn't run around looking for someone else to do it for them, but would stand firm as the men and woman of honor that they have always been. They would do it far more effectively then you or I could.

 Veterans Day is Tuesday November 11, honor those who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.  Honor the 23,234,000 Veterans living today. Honor their sacrifice, their courage, their gift. 




Additional Statistics
Living Veterans(Periods of War & Peace) 23,234,000 

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