EDITORIAL : Here, New Jersey’s public servants, is the kind of media you should watch out for: “[P]ublic union members have not paid their fair share for decades …. Therefore, ALL taxpayers must make up the deficit. This forces the government to increase taxes or cut services to fund the public union obligations. THAT is why this small minority of public union members in the population are a significant contributor to the failure of local, state and federal governments to balance their budgets.”
James J. Foytlin
His name is James J. Foytlin, and he publishes “The Ridgewood Blog.”
And while his desktop publication doesn’t have the breadth or reach of, say, CLIFFVIEW PILOT — or any other more widely-read media destination — his is still a voice that manages to be heard.Jerry DeMarco Publisher/Editor
And that means you have to work that much harder to get your own message out, all you police officers, teachers and firefighters — because there are plenty more people than James J. Foytlin who can operate simple web-publishing tools.
“Most of the union membership has been misled by their leadership … and do not understand the facts,” Foytlin says. “Unfortunately, like Pavlov’s dogs, the union members have been conditioned to believe that they are entitled to the status quo, or worse, that the status quo is unfair when compared to the private sector. Neither is true.
“We have reached a defining moment on this issue. The only way that this gets resolved satisfactorily for the country is for the 90%+ of the population that has been picking up the slack for public union members to insist on change, right now!
“[It] requires that the benefit structure be reviewed to ensure that it does not inflate at the end of a worker’s career, that the benefits do not kick in prematurely (encouraging early retirement), that benefits are not overly generous when compared to private sector options and that benefits can not ‘be accumulated’ by retiring early from one job and then starting one or more new careers under the same or another public union benefit plan.”
Yes, your biggest concerns are Governor Bluto and those lawmakers willing to help him gut your unions. But instead of getting bent over mass media’s slavish cow-towing to Christie (trust me: their demise is coming quickly), I’d suggest keeping an eye out for the James J. Foytlins of the world.
Don’t stop writing columns of your own — write more, in fact — that can be published here and on other sites like mine. Dispense massive doses of truth serum to counteract the poison being spread elsewhere. Keep the information flowing, like a mighty river. Take your case directly to the public — the very people who depend so greatly on you to protect our children, to teach them well, and to rescue them (and us) when calamity strikes.
Show exactly where the Kool-Aid drinkers are wrong.
Sunday, 20 February 2011 Jerry DeMarco
First they got rid of unionists. I said nothing, because I was not a unionist. When they came for me, there was no one to protest.
” Every one of us who has focused on Gov. Christie’s attempts to demonize public servants has missed a much bigger picture: This isn’t unique to New Jersey, as the Woodstock in Wisconsin has shown. A carefully constructed strategy to split the middle and working classes is going on throughout the entire country right now. And many of us are the pawns.
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 Jerry DeMarco
EDITORIAL : I’ve tried not to connect the horrors visited on sworn law enforcement officers and their loved ones nationwide this year with Gov. Chris Christie’s assault on New Jersey’s public servants, out of respect for those injured and killed, but his calling on police unions Monday — of ALL days — to make concessions for the sake of public safety is plain insensitive. CLICK HERE….
Monday, 31 January 2011 Andover P.O. Joseph Indano
AN OFFICER’S VIEW : In light of a recent newspaper article about police salaries in New Jersey being among the highest in the nation: First off, let’s remind ourselves that New Jersey’s cost of living is one of, if not the highest, in the country, and that most jobs in New Jersey, including private sector jobs, pay more than other states. CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICER’S FULL STORY
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 Jerry DeMarco
Police statewide are hailing a veteran cop in a North Jersey town who is fed up with “the current climate of public employee bashing” and challenges Gov. Christie to “do the right thing” with taxpayer-funded pensions. CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICER’S FULL STORY
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 Jerry DeMarco
EDITORIAL : Many are making much of a newspaper report that New Jersey police salaries are the highest in the land. To paraphrase a man who puts his life on the line every day to protect his community: Does a bullet feel any different if it’s fired in, say, Lyndhurst, than it does in Paterson? Know how many cops have been killed in the line of duty in Lyndhurst? Four. In Paters on? The same. READ MORE….
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