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Howard Schultz Is Right About Our Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Duty. Honor. Country. To any American who has served in the military, these aren't just words. They are at our core.

In their excellent new book, For Love of Country, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and Washington Post journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran make the point that our country has the duty...

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Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Millennial Civic Engagement in America's Cities

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 2:32 PM

American cities are on the rise. Their resurgence is about building a strong sense of community around smart planning and innovative ideas, like using crowdsourcing as an urban improvement tool.

For instance, take Jersey City. Once known for its deteriorating rail yards and rampant corruption, it's now...

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NJ Cities Working Together

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Crime recognizes few boundaries - urban or suburban. That's why it's so important to have police departments cooperate as regional crime fighters, especially to slow the movement of guns and drugs. But fighting crime is more than just good police work. We also need to remedy some of the problems...

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Urban Living and the Necessity of the Arts

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:00 PM

American cities are thriving in ways unimaginable a generation ago. Once the places people wanted to flee, cities are now where more and more families and individuals want to live, work and play. Interesting architecture, historic brownstones, shorter commutes between work and home, all serve to increase the allure of...

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As American Cities Grow, New Urbanism Must Be Inclusive

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Mention affordable housing and too often it conjures up the thought of failed housing programs from the '50s and '60s. Not only does this fly in the face of reality of what's happening in our cities today but it does a disservice to the residents of recently built affordable homes....

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Summer Jobs for Teenagers Are Life-Changing

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Young people throughout the United States have felt the brunt of the slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. In fact, over the last several years, the youth unemployment rate has increased dramatically across the nation. For minority teens, it's far worse. The July 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment...

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Get Real on Climate Change

(6) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Earth Day is upon us and that means attention is focused on cleaner water and air, along with a more recent emphasis on climate change - perhaps this century's greatest challenge. It's appalling we are wasting time debating whether or not climate change is real. Instead, we should be talking...

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Hate Your Commute? Read This Column

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Mention asphalt or rail in a conversation to someone outside the transportation industry and you will surely be met by a blank stare or feigned yawn. But, ask the same person about his or her commute and emotion quickly returns.

This is the dilemma for policy makers when it comes...

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Training Ex-Offenders is the Right Thing to Do to Boost Our Economy

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Most Americans would be shocked to know the United States has a higher incarceration rate than that of any other country in the world. One out of every hundred Americans is imprisoned today and one out of every 35 Americans is either jailed, under watch through probation or on parole....

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GOP Hit on Unemployment Benefits Hurting Americans -- What Else Is New?

(51) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 7:42 PM

Out of work "Americans rely on their unemployment benefits to pay for the mortgage or rent, food, and other critical bills. They need our assistance in these difficult times, and we cannot let them down."

This is one of the strongest arguments for unemployment benefits ever made by a president....

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A New Approach on Gun Reform -- Let's Get Started

(276) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:51 AM

One year after Newtown, Congress has failed to enact a single reform that would make children safer from gun violence. This is a tragedy in every sense of the word -- for those who perished. And, for the living. It's also a tragedy for those who believe in public service...

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Veterans Deserve Far More Than a Holiday

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Today is Veteran's Day, an often overlooked holiday honoring American military veterans. Unfortunately, the relative obscurity of the holiday is a metaphor for the reduced support by our government for the millions of veterans who have served our country.

Today, there are nearly 22 million American military service veterans. About...

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Americans Must Be Able to Obtain Health Care Coverage As Is Their Right Under the Law

(586) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:05 AM

In the 1930's, Democrats created Social Security over the vocal opposition of Republicans. Today the program is an enduring legacy. It is recognized as the politically untouchable third rail of politics that provides for millions of Americans. In the 1960's, Democrats created Medicare over the vocal opposition of Republicans. Today,...

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The Tea Party Want to Take Down Our Cities and the Economy at the Same Time

(157) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 8:13 PM

American cities are enjoying a renaissance, and that's a good thing as well for the suburbs surrounding them. Reversing a half century trend, the population in many cities is growing.

Why? Port cities like mine have typically benefited from immigrants coming from all over the world. Despite the current toxic...

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Endorsements Hardly Matter

(30) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 7:41 PM

As the new mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey I couldn't be more excited about the challenges ahead. From a political standpoint, people often look at me curiously because of my younger age while being responsible for a city the size of Jersey City; however I think I've learned a...

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