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Op-Ed: Without a Water Plan, ‘New Jersey’s No. 1 Religion’ May Dry Up

Dennis Hart | May 28, 2015 | Opinion

New Jersey’s fragile water-supply system means we could experience a drought very quickly

Op-Ed: State Lawmakers Must Move Quickly to Block NJ Transit Fare Hike

Jon Whiten | May 27, 2015 | Opinion
Now is the time -- not next year, not after the next election, but now -- for our leaders to own up and fix this mess
Op-Ed: ‘We Got Out of Vietnam…Vietnam Never Got Out of Us’
John LeGates | May 22, 2015 | Opinion
Forty years after the fall of Saigon, a New Jersey veteran of the Vietnam War recounts his time in service
Opinion: Is Water Supply a Commodity, a Service, or a Right?
Daniel J. Van Abs | May 22, 2015 | Opinion
New Jersey needs to take a hard look at how its poorest households will maintain access to water, as water and sewer rates increase
Op-Ed: The Morning After June 5 Primary? This Time, You Might As Well Sleep In
John Weingart | May 21, 2015 | Opinion
With only five districts home to Democratic and Republican runoffs, it’s hard to remember that voting is a right, not a chore
Opinion: If It Looks And Smells Like Sewage, It Could Be Stormwater
R. William Potter | May 20, 2015 | Opinion
DEP needs to take the battle against runoff to the municipalities, where most local land-use decisions are made
Opinion: Top-Court Ruling Could Bail Out Christie, Sweeney -- or Both
Carl Golden | May 19, 2015 | Opinion
Governor and Senate president are locked in mutual stare-down over pension reform that may be beyond simple resolution
Op-Ed: PARCC Testing Could Be Healthy for Our Kids, If Done for Right Reasons
Scott A. Oswald | May 18, 2015 | Opinion
Assessments can help improve education and measure student progress – but they can also be used to tear down teachers and put pressure on kids
Op-ed: Let State’s Money ‘Follow the Child’ Rather Than Pad District Budgets
Bob Garguilo | May 14, 2015 | Opinion
Fund the Interdistrict Public School Choice in a way that eliminates duplicate spending and nurtures successful program
Op-Ed: Here’s Why Our Students Won’t Take the PARCC Exams Seriously
Walter Bowne | May 7, 2015 | Opinion
It took a comedian’s monologue to put standardized testing in its place
Opinion: Even Before Bridget Kelly, Christie’s Campaign Was Floundering
Carl Golden | May 5, 2015 | Opinion
The former deputy chief of staff in Christie’s office says she couldn’t be the only one who knew about Bridgegate
Op-Ed: Opting Out of PARCC Tests Is a Serious Decision, Not a Serious Mistake
Jim O'Neill | May 5, 2015 | Opinion
Some one-third of the students in the Livingston district chose not to take new online exams, for reasons that should be respected
Op-Ed: Try Performance-Based School Funding to Narrow Achievement Gaps
Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer | May 4, 2015 | Opinion
State’s current approach to education spending, based on student enrollment, is out-of-date and ineffective
Opinion: Administration's Response Machine Rumbles Into Action
Carl Golden | May 1, 2015 | Opinion
Gov. Christie and administration have been honing a response for months. How well will it go down?
Op-Ed: Threats to Cut Funding Over ‘Opt-Outs’ are On Shaky Legal Ground
Monty Neill and Julia Sass Rubin | May 1, 2015 | Opinion
Efforts to cut school funding as retribution for parental refusals are more likely to prompt the opposite political response
Opinion: Is Making Peace with PARCC an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Laura Waters | April 30, 2015 | Opinion
The results of standardized tests, which revealed the yawning gulf between rich and poor students, played a key role in the Abbott rulings
Op-Ed: New Jersey Must Cut Links to Unscrupulous Payday-Loan Company
Adam Deutsch | April 30, 2015 | Opinion
State’s public pension fund has $50 million stake in high-interest lending firm that’s banned in NJ
Opinion: Steering Clear of the 2 Percent Trap for Water Utilities
Daniel J. Van Abs | April 22, 2015 | Opinion
Property taxes may be capped, but water utilities must wrestle with far more complex variables day to day and year to year
Op-Ed: State Budget's Being Balanced on the Backs of Working Families
Deborah Cornavaca | April 17, 2015 | Opinion
Let’s be honest, the rich in New Jersey are getting richer and everyone else is struggling more and more just to get by
Opinion: Chris Christie Keeps the Press Exactly Where He Wants It -- In the Dark
Carl Golden | April 16, 2015 | Opinion
The governor’s carefully staged ‘town halls’ and radio shows foster the illusion that he is accessible to just plain folks
Op-Ed: Reinvest Healthcare Savings to Meet New Jersey’s Growing Needs
Raymond Castro | April 15, 2015 | Opinion
Federal funds for human services are a big help for residents, but the state needs to be smarter about leveraging them
Opinion: Christie v. New Jersey Judiciary -- Not a Pretty Picture
R. William Potter | April 14, 2015 | Opinion
Despite being bullied and berated, the state’s judiciary has stood up to the governor and handed him some sizable setbacks
Op-Ed: A Hospital Makes a Community – In Ways Outsiders Can’t Understand
Alexander Salerno | April 14, 2015 | Opinion
In St. Michael’s case, it’s a community that extends far beyond the borders of greater Newark
Opinion: PARCC Is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Answer for NJ Schools
Mark Weber | April 8, 2015 | Opinion
Complex online tests can’t address chronic school underfunding, segregation, and poverty
Op-Ed: Instilling ‘Soft Skills’ Serves Kids Better Than Memorizing Hard Facts
Patrick J. Fletcher and Dr. Daniel Fishbein | April 6, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Ability to 'think outside the box' will prove more crucial to success in the future
Opinion: Don’t Fall for the Opt-Out Cop-Out
Laura Waters | April 2, 2015 | Opinion
NJ’s kids deserve demanding standardized tests, and we all need the data they deliver
Opinion: Forget the Cap, Property Taxes Are Only Going to Get Higher
Carl Golden | April 1, 2015 | Opinion
There's no political will for municipal income taxes, but there's no doubt they can redress problems with today’s system
Opinion: The Clock is Ticking for New Jersey to Control Combined Sewer Overflows
Daniel J. Van Abs | March 19, 2015 | Opinion
Combined sewers were developed by the Romans; isn’t it time that the Garden State took steps to bring waste control into the 21st century?
Op-Ed: Teachable Moments -- Our Family’s Real Reasons for Refusing the PARCC
Douglas B. Larkin | March 19, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Ultimately, forcing standardized test upon students and schools is a matter of power – and the right to protest and dissent
Opinion: Democrats Fumbled Chance to Enact Real Reforms at Port Authority
Carl Golden | March 18, 2015 | Opinion
By refusing to accept Kean’s compromise deal, they lost any chance of overriding Christie veto
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