Thursday, June 28, 2007
Hopefully, the administration will finally focus on securing the border!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Continuing the topic of the Fort Dix 6, we find that three brothers, Dritan Duka, Shain Duka and Eljvir Duka were all illegal aliens, having crossed the Mexican border as children back in 1984. For over two decades, they evaded detection.
The Dukas and other non-Mexican illegals are referred to as "Other Than Mexicans (OTMs)" by immigration officials. While many OTMs are from Latin American countries, many, like the Dukas, hail from Muslim countries. Indeed, border agents have found a number of Korans, prayer rugs and head scarves among the litter at illegal border crossings.
Illegal immigration is an issue that hits home here in Monmouth County. Many Monmouth County towns, not just Freehold but Belmar, Red Bank, Asbury Park and Keyport, among others, are destinations for illegals. In some areas they now form a clear majority of the population. While many are Mexican nationals doing the so-called "jobs that Americans won't do", remember that Fort Dix is less than a half hour drive from the Monmouth County line. Shooting up a military installation is also a job that many Americans won't do.
The issue has been on the radar here for a while; last November it was the subject of an op-ed column in the Independent by Middletown committeeman (now mayor) Jerry Scharfenberger. His commentary was criticized by blogger Jackie Corley of Bayshore Journalista. And last week, Sheriff Candidate Kim Guadagno received positive attention when she proposed checking the immigration status of prisoners in the County Jail before release.
The Jobs Americans Won't Do
This is a fallacy. It is simply the propaganda of the open borders crowd on both the left and the right and it is disgusting. America was built by people, both immigrants and native born, with a can-do spirit and a willingness to do whatever it takes. Americans "won't do" the jobs that illegals do mainly for two reasons: Wages are depressed and they are priced out of the market by illegals, and: Out and out discrimination. Some employers will hire only illegals.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Another Art, More Monmouth Musings' Art Gallagher, gives his opinion at his blog. One of his commenters suggested that Larrison Hall be named for yet another (Democratic) former freeholder director, the late Raymond Kramer of Asbury Park.
What do you think?
Joe Irwin was a giant of a man on the Board of Freeholders and remains a beloved GOP icon. He was Director of the Board at the time of Brookdale's founding, and saw through the first few years of its development.
Harry Larrison, too, was on the Board at the time; indeed he served through all of Brookdale's history from the beginning up to the time of his resignation in 2004. Mere months after his resignation, he would go to his grave without having the opportunity to defend himself against corruption charges.
Kramer, a former Asbury Park mayor, was part of a Democratic majority in the 70's that among other things brought dual office holding to Monmouth County. It is said by many that his administration in Asbury Park fiddled while the once vibrant Jersey Shore resort declined.
Let's now look at Art Kamin, who never met a liberal Democrat he didn't like. The former editor of the now-defunct Red Bank Register, Kamin was a big fan of Kramer and the Democrats in the county. One of his reporters was even observed on an election night back in the 70's to throw her arms around then Democratic Boss John Fiorino, Sr., and gush, "We did it, John!", when it became apparent that Democrats would gain the majority on the Board of Freeholders. Despite complaints from GOP leaders, Kamin stood by his reporter.
Kamin would later become director of The Bayshore Development Office, a state job. He would also become a big fan of former Democratic Keansburg Mayor Michael Minervini, who strove to do for Keansburg what Kramer did for Asbury Park.
So Kamin's credibility here is dubious to say the least.
What's your opinion? Should Larrison Hall remain named for Harry Larrison, or someone else. If so, who do you think it should be named for? Or should it be named for nobody?
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Teddy Roosevelt, who has supported the Monmouth County Republican Blog and has posted here for a long time, has decided to start his own blog, Monmouth Bull Moose. TR, who speaks softly, but carries a big stick, posts comments which have been a welcome contribution to this blog, and his own blog promises to be a welcome contribution to the world of Monmouth County politics.
Best of luck!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
On the local level, there were three Republican primary contests:
In Holmdel, according to unofficial tallies, Mayor Serena DiMaso cruised to a primary victory over veteran Committeeman Terence Wall and newcomer Gerald Allocco, with Wall coming up a narrow third after Allocco in the three - way race for two seats. UPDATE: Pending determination of outstanding provisional ballots that could change the Wall/Allocco numbers, the Holmdel Township Clerk is declaring Wall/Allocco too close to call. UPDATED UPDATE: With everything counted, it's Allocco over Wall. The November ticket in Holmdel will be DiMaso and Allocco.In Sea Bright, Mayor Jo-Ann Kalaka-Adams beat C. Read Murphy for mayor.
And in Upper Freehold, Lori Horsnall Mount and Stanley Moslowski Jr bested John A. Mele for the nomination.
We wish our primary winners the best as they go on to win in November!
View Primary Results HERE.