Voices from NJ Spotlight
Here’s another wrap-up of memorable quotes from last week at NJ Spotlight. Did you catch all of these stories? Here’s a second chance as a new week gets going.
Newark Schools and Civil Rights
“I know [the Obama administration and U.S. Department of Education] have put out a lot of money to districts, but it’s the people’s persistence that matters and if we can gather people in city after city, they’ll see that it’s the children that are suffering from closing schools.”
-- Sharon Smith, Newark mother and activist who took her civil rights claim against Newark school closures to a hearing in Washington, D.C.
“In the same way they go to an ATM today, an individual would be able to do the same to purchase insurance.”
-- Mike Munoz, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Amerihealth New Jersey. With the Affordable Care Act kicking into high gear later this year, Amerihealth and other insurance companies are dipping their toes into the retail market with mall kiosks and brick-and-mortar stores.
Saving the Shore
“Maybe we should change our language from ‘restoration’ to ‘renovation' . . . The idea that you can somehow go back to some previous time, it just doesn’t happen. Time’s arrow is in one direction, and we want to go [toward] something more sustainable.”
-- University of Delaware Marine and Geological Sciences Professor William Ullman at a conference last week discussing more sustainable ways to rebuild the Shore after Sandy.
In the Wake of Sandy
“That’s my refrigerator, but that’s someone else’s freezer, and I don’t know where my [kitchen] island is.”
-- Ortley Beach homeowner Kathy Cevoli, whose home on Fielder Avenue is splayed open like a dollhouse. She – like many in Ortley Beach – is unsure whether to tear her house down completely.
The Minimum Wage
“The fact is, I don’t think the governor -- he is not going to be talking about [raising the minimum wage] a whole lot. He is going to be running on the strength of his leadership in the wake of Sandy; the tough decisions he has said he has made over last three years; and his holding the line on taxes. The minimum wage might mobilize certain constituencies, but it is not going to be among the top four things the governor talks about in his stump speech."
-- Ben Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, on how Christie’s veto of an increase to the minimum wage will affect the upcoming gubernatorial election.
Safeguarding Electrical Substations
“While nature is unpredictable, it doesn’t take an advanced engineering degree to figure out what will happen to an electrical substation located on the Shark River just a few feet above tide levels.”
-- NJ Assemblyman Dave Rible (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of the bill before the legislature that would prevent JCP&L or any utility from being granted a rate increase until steps are taken to prevent substations from being flooded, a major cause of outages during Hurricane Sandy.