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Monthly Archives: September 2010

We’ve Already Done Our “Sacrificing”

We hear the term “shared sacrifice” used to argue that the public workers should accept something less than the luxuriant pensions and health care plans that have been promised them.  I support the concept of shared sacrifice too, but the problem is that one side (we taxpayers) is already sacrificing and the other side (public workers) presently […]

Manasquan’s Taxes Of 2010, Or Belmar’s Taxes Of 2000?

I applaud Richard Wright’s comparative analysis of Belmar’s and Manasquan’s budgets.  I would have liked to see more detail in the document the Republicans have up on their site but it is clear that there is room for some savings.  I hope he presents the details at the upcoming budget steering committee meeting.  Particularly troubling […]


In the print edition of today’s Coast Star (they’ve already corrected the online edition) the outrageous suggestion that the police be required to write enough tickets to cover their salaries (500 per year) is accidentally attributed to me instead of Neil Scheck.  Anyone who knows me knows I find the whole idea of ticket quotas […]

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Crunch Time

So our masters in Trenton have ordered us to increase the pay for our police by 15% over five years.  As Mayor Pringle pointed out in Wednesday night’s council meeting,  that will use up the lion’s share of the 2% property tax increase allowed by the state.  There will have to be cutbacks and possibly […]

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The Seen And The Unseen

Bastiat on “The seen and the unseen”  In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not […]


Did I miss any?  No wonder our taxes are so high.  I liked it better when we were just Belmar.  The latest addition to the list of feel-good designations we’ve achieved is “Solar Town”, which is sure to improve life in our fair town as much as the others. (In other words, not at all). […]

Neil Scheck’s Letter To The Coast Star

“Think before tanning” Here at the shore we should all be aware that skin cancer is a serious, deadly problem. Legislation intended to stop children from using tanning salons is being sponsored by Mary Pat Angelini, a Republican, and Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat. This measure will prevent disease and save lives and deserves everyone’s support. […]

My Response To Neil Scheck’s Letter

It should be in next week’s Star. Regarding my friend Neil Scheck’s letter “Think Before Tanning” (please don’t confuse us because of our similar last names) let me state that I think Neil is a great guy and a real asset to Belmar.  We do have an amiable disagreement about the proper role of government […]