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Balles announces State Senate campaign

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles looks as an overflow crowd fills Gary’s Restaurant in Pleasantville on Monday, Feb. 11. Family, friends and local politicians came to show their support for Balles, who announced his campaign to run for the State Senate 2nd district seat. Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles looks as an overflow crowd fills Gary’s Restaurant in Pleasantville on Monday, Feb. 11. Family, friends and local politicians came to show their support for Balles, who announced his campaign to run for the State Senate 2nd district seat.

PLEASANTVILLE _ Saying he will personally recruit jobs and businesses to come to New Jersey, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles announced his candidacy Monday, Feb. 11 to represent the 2nd district in the New Jersey Senate.

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Amodeo, Brown announce re-election bid

SOMERS POINT – While it has been long expected that the current 2nd District legislative team has plans to remain in Trenton; Republican Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown chose Sunday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here to announce their intention to seek another term in office.

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Military costs too much

Hi all. A quick history lesson. Which American president wrote the following: "Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

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A penultimate goodbye

This is my penultimate column with The Current and Gazette Newspapers of Atlantic and Cape May counties. In other words, it's my next to the last column. I've never used the word "penultimate" in any column before. So, now is as good a time as any.

I also believe that it's my 415th column in this newspaper over the past eight years.

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Balles run for Senate would give Whelan a tough race

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it looked likely that no prominent Republican (other than Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica) would step up and challenge state Sen. Jim Whelan in District 2.

I have learned that this is not the case. A very prominent Republican is preparing to come forward, and it's very likely that he will make a run.

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Losing America to ‘the new normal’

In the spirit of the holiday season, I am humbly asking for the following this Christmas: Can we banish from the English Language the term, "the new normal."

I am beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing this overused phrase that is so popular today to try and explain away why things can't be great in America anymore – that we have to settle for less.

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‘Potted plant’ comment was an insult to voters

What does Harry have against potted plants?

Before I move on to the main topic of this column, please indulge me for a moment while I make yet another request for justice for April Kauffman.

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Amnesty International chapter to celebrate Human Rights Day

The Ocean City chapter of Amnesty International will observe and celebrate International Human Rights Day with a poetry reading by poet Lamont Steptoe 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., Ocean City.

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Sandy showed true spirit of the American people

Some additional thoughts regarding Hurricane Sandy are warranted.

Sometimes storms get overhyped. Not this one! Superstorm Sandy will never be forgotten. Not since 1903 had a hurricane made such a dramatic, almost unprecedented left turn against all metrological odds.

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Grateful to be a liberal Democrat brought up in the business world

It’s time for the annual Thanksgiving column.

What a year it has been, but we have much to be thankful for. Sandy spared our home and our family is doing well. Many people in South Jersey lost everything during Superstorm Sandy and perhaps are thankful only that they are alive. But Americans are resilient and will find their way back.

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Seth Grossman, former Current and Gazette columnist, announces bid for governor

SOMERS POINT ­– Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic City councilman and Atlantic County freeholder, announced tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) that he intends to run for governor in the June 4 Republican primary against incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

The Somers Point attorney and former columnist for The Current and Gazette Newspapers said he intends to formally announce his plans Tuesday morning in front of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

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Bad actors will obtain their weapons legally or otherwise

The year 2012 will go down in American history as a tumultuous year featuring many storms, both literally and politically.

We weren't faced with just storms; we were directly hit by super storms. A super derecho and Hurricane Sandy rocked both our region and state.

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It’s time to take a different tack with violent mental illness

Our Declaration of Independence says that although “our Creator” endowed each of us with “certain unalienable rights” including “life” (the right not to be murdered), we need governments “to secure these rights.”

This idea is in the Bible, where God tells Noah to respect and protect the life of every human being. And where Moses sets up a system of laws and judges.

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‘Progressives’ took America backward

About 130 years ago, Professor Woodrow Wilson started teaching the new doctrine at PrincetonUniversity that started the “progressive” movement in the United States.

Wilson taught that the basic principles of liberty in our Declaration of Independence and U.S. and state Constitutions were obsolete and unfair. He said it was wrong for each citizen to have “certain unalienable rights” because modern society is too complicated for ordinary citizens to make the most important decisions concerning their own lives. And they are too selfish to do what is best for the “common good.”

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All good things must come to an end

Yes, folks, the rumors are true. The Current and Gazette Newspapers have decided to go in a different direction for their politics page. So this column and the next two columns will be the last weekly columns from me, Seth, and Harry. Our editor assures me that, under the new format, starting in January, we will still be writing occasional columns, but not weekly. The Current is still finalizing its plans for a new and different politics page.

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Christie undermines Republican efforts to cut federal spending

“Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating has increased to the highest score ever measured for a New Jersey governor. According to a Quinnipiac University survey of registered voters released Tuesday, 72 percent approved of Christie’s job performance, up from 56 percent last month.”

-- Wall Street Journal, Nov. 30, 2012

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Taxing the 40 percent won’t solve our problems

Last week I visited friends in the prosperous Maryland suburbs just north of Washington, D.C. Driving from South Jersey to our nation’s capital reminded me of a movie scene where the two “tributes” from District 9 rode the train to the Capitol for the Hunger Games. 

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A look at Decision 2013: Christie, Whelan, Van Drew and more

 

It's almost a new election year. 2013 will be a very big political year.

Gov. Chris Christie (although he won't yet say), I guarantee that he will be running for re-election.

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Some storm decisions driven by politics

Shortly after the “superstorm,” government “experts” reported that the sand dunes on South Jersey beaches “did their duty,” but now needed to be replaced at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Republicans must leave women and families’ personal choices alone

Last week Democrat Obama defeated Republican Romney for president in a very close election (50.5 percent to 47.9 percent). Republicans lost two seats in the U.S. Senate but kept their majority in the House of Representatives, the branch of the federal government responsible for spending, taxes and borrowing.

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