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I like when the people speak

I‘m still receiving comments regarding a few of my posts on Middletown Township.

I really wanted to share them in light of recent events, especially because these posts are now hidden down the page.

The comments are comforting, as well as insightful. All of these happened to be posted anonymously. To the authors, thanks! To quell any immediate reactions, I do not know who posts when they do so anonymously.

I still welcome any and ALL comments, on any topic. Or e-mails.

Comment re: Midday dose of Scharfenberger

Anonymous said. . .
“Don’t you just see the strings attached to the Republican puppet now serving as Middletown’s mayor. Doesn’t he realize that he and his Republican cohorts are not the ONLY ONES elected to the Middletown Township Committee???? The two Democrats are DULY ELECTED representatives of the people. WE DID NOT WANT MORE Republicans because we are DISSATISFIED with the Republicans in this town!!!!!!”

Comments re: Middletown Matters? Then stop printing bull and learn how to budget properly

Anonymous said. . .
“Wow! The mayor can read minds. How else would he know weeks in advance about budget vote, clairvoyant even. Let’s not forget this is a budget that carries a 4.1% tax increase, the highest in many years. He conveniently forgets to tell Middletown residents what the tax increase is and that it is the highest tax increase in years. It is hard to believe how public officials can get away with using taxpayer resources as campaign material. But this is Middletown.”

Anonymous said. . .
“Just like the Democrats use The Courier & that Lincroft rag for their campaign material. When did newspaper reporters stop reporting the news all start writing editorials?”

Melissa L. Gaffney said. . .
“Free space, the beauty of the Internet — I can write whatever I want, just like you can. My blog isn’t a “Courier” Web site, nor is it “Courier” affiliated unless I reference an article in that newspaper. Anyway, I think the difference with the Middletown Matters newsletter is that taxpayers pay for that. I’m [sure] some taxpayers would not be happy knowing their dollars go toward the publication of a slanted newsletter. People buy newspapers because they want to. Don’t forget The Asbury Park Press, who tends to favor Republican doctrines and view points.”

Anonymous said. . .
“Melissa, you are correct. Middletown Matters is a “Republican administration rag.” It is not informative about the important things, e.g. It took four issues before any disclosure on the revaluation finally took place and that only after issue was taken with that neglect. Even then the administration spoke out of both sides of their mouths. Journalism should be honest and forthright with the news. The taxpayers should refuse to fund this newsletter. It is currently being used to SHOWCASE an incumbent running for re-election!!!”

*Please note, I did make grammatical corrections to the comments where necessary. Not one word has been changed or altered in any way, shape or form. You can check to the original posts to make sure.

PHOTOS: Taken at Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, during March 2008. (Melissa L. Gaffney)
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Accountabily has no party affiliation

There are several political parties in the United States. Today, I don’t want to attend a single one of them.

One of my recent posts was apparently written in the “context of a Republican philosophy.” Let me clarify: Republicans are the only ones I’ve ever heard talk about their political affiliation as basis for a religious sanctity.

I would also like to point out that I sought comments from any and all political parties. I see Republicans are quick to defend themselves, which is good. Pretty much expected, too.

I think my ultimate point was this, and perhaps I shouldn’t have beaten around the bush: Everyone, no matter what their religious or political belief, is individually accountable for their actions.

Don’t blame others. Pardon my phrase, but that’s so lame.

A few other points –

Perhaps “corrupt” was a strong word to describe “all” politicians. In some cases, I think it’s mild. But, as many have pointed out, there are actually some people who want to do good things when serving the public, and who want to be honest about them.

It is often those elected officials who don’t necessarily worry about “who gets the credit” or “whose idea it was,” just that people come together, united around one common goal – and accomplish it.

If it doesn’t work out, that’s OK: OWN UP TO IT. I don’t recall any official being chastised for being honest, even if something they did was wrong. Case in point: former President Bill Clinton. (I liked Mr. Clinton a lot; I like both the Clintons. Just because he “had sexual relations” with some chick he wasn’t married to does not, in my eyes, take away the good things he did for both our country and the economy during his time in office.)

I just can never see the sense in trying to blame someone else – whether it be God, a god, another political party, another elected official or perhaps Satan – when the action was yours, and yours alone. Or a group’s. Or a party’s.

If you do it, own it. Actions both speak and lie louder than words. In a society ridden with many people trying to pull one over and advance themselves, it’s very difficult to trust anyone. Maybe that’s where my jump to the word “corrupt” came in. Aren’t we all just a tiny bit selfish, inside? I think so, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s when we let others guide us to a decision that might not have been ours to make, or in our minds to make.

It’s tough to trust anyone, let alone people making big decisions for the majority. I think a healthy dose of accountability would go far in today’s politics, no matter what party.

Thank you to those who have e-mailed and commented. Keep ’em coming. While I might not be able to moderate your comment the second you post it, rest assured I will certainly pay it attention as soon as the laptop glued to my waist reminds me I have un-moderated comments.

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Baroni heading McCain’s campaign in Jersey

Also my thoughts on politics as a religion . . . When did this happen?

You know it’s officially the season when campaign managers begin nesting.

According to an article in The Asbury Park Press, Sen. Bill Baroni, R-Mercer, will head Arizona Sen. John McCain’s campaign in New Jersey.

Baroni is a a rather young guy (about 37, according to his profile on the N.J. Legislature Web site), and I found it rather humorous he would be on board with the 71-year-old dinosaur.

Then again, if Republicanism is a “religion” (which I’ve been told by many Republicans it is), then McCain is relatively young compared to some spiritual leaders. It would also make sense he would draw such a young crowd, i.e. Baroni. Not to mention the two are permanently tied by the “R” following their names.

But please, don’t think I’m comparing McCain to Jesus, Gandhi or any other icon of such magnitude. I’m just saying, if Republicans are naive enough to think politics is the be all, end all of life – a strong point to lean on – I think they will be surprised to find weak points in the fabric of their philosophy.

It does interest me a great deal, however. To any Republican or person of the “red cloth,” answer me this: Do you believe in John McCain, above all else? Do you, too, think the war in Iraq is one of significance?

Most importantly, are you on board for eternity with all this? I’m very interested in the concept of politics as a religion. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Do people need God, or just a corrupt politician for them to sleep at night? Because, honestly, I haven’t met one yet that isn’t corrupt, even to the smallest extent.

Please e-mail me any responses — ms.melissa.gaffney@gmail.com.

I look forward to reading these, assuming people write in. I also wouldn’t mind hearing from “other parties,” as every perspective in this situation is important (at least to me). Type away!

I always knew politics had its divisions, as does religion. I never truly expected the two institutions to cross paths, as they seemingly have. Should they? Hmm. How many leaders should a person have to answer to?

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