Trenton — Legislation encouraging customers in New Jersey to carry reusable shopping bags and forcing larger retailers to slash distribution of plastic bags gets its first hearing today. The Senate bill requires retailers to charge 15 cents for each single-use plastic or paper bag they give out. It also requires retailers with more than 1,000 feet of space to reduce the number of single-use bags they distribute by 75 percent. The proposal requires retailers to sell reusable bags and switch to compostable plastic or recyclable paper bags. Supporters say the production of plastic and paper bags in the U.S.
Comments: Why not prohibit purchase of more than an armload of groceries to encourage walking to and from the store? So green.
Many stores have recycling bins for plastic bags; not a solution? Also, many people use plastic grocery bags as garbage bags. Ban grocery bags and we´ll have to buy plastic bags; no net savings to consumer, some cost savings for stores, boost of business to Hefty et al.
That´s been the way we´ve done in here for years. The paper bags are very sturdy, have handles, and can be reused over and over again. Yes, people bring their own bags to the store -- it´s allowed.
And we have a collapsible pull-box that we set into the shopping cart. We can get a little hand-held scanner and scan our groceries as we go, head for the "fast" lane, and just pay what´s on the scanner. There is a 1 in 10 chance that you will be asked to rescan everything in the presence of the cashier, but let´s face it -- the Swiss are by and large very honest. It works, and save a lot of time putting things on belt, having them scanned by a cashier, and then you have put them back into a bag or carrier.
Or get your own canvas tote bags, which are also washable and can be used for other purposes.
The county in CA where some of my family live has banned plastic bags outright and charges five cents (I believe) for paper bags. They´re saving the environment by killing trees for paper and spreading food-borne illnesses in reusable bags that hold germs.
Crime figures are routinely massaged by police desperate to show that they are making the streets safer, it was claimed yesterday. Serious offences including rape, child sex abuse, robberies and burglary are disappearing in a ‘puff of smoke’, MPs were told. Police are accused of downgrading crimes to less serious offences and even erasing them altogether by labelling them as accidents or errors. One police analyst claimed that hundreds of burglaries ‘disappeared’ in a matter of weeks at the Met after managers intervened. (Snip) Chairman Bernard Jenkin said he was ‘shocked’ by the evidence. ‘What we have heard is how there
Yet another incident of violence near a PATH station occurred this afternoon, resulting in a half dozen teens being taken into custody in Hoboken, officials said. A group of what were described as high school students outside the Hoboken Terminal/PATH Station at about 1 p.m. were verbally harassing people and throwing bottles, New Jersey Transit spokesman William Smith said. When Hoboken police responded, the teens fled into the train station, where they were taken into custody by NJ Transit police officers, Smith said. The teens were then turned over to Hoboken police to be processed, said Smith, adding that it
Newark — In New Jersey´s largest city, Councilwoman Mildred Crump has returned to the council president’s seat. Crump was voted in unanimously, 7-0, at the Monday night meeting, a city official confirmed this morning. (Snip) Crump is currently under scrutiny by the state comptroller´s office, which is investigating whether she steered $17,000 in city funds to the Global Women´s Leadership Collaborative, a nonprofit group she helped found in 2008. The comptroller also cited her for directing $2,850 to the World Gospel Music Association, of which she is an active member, according to her City Hall biography. Crump has called the accusations
Ten students from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia were taken into custody after a massive fight broke out, according to a report from CBS. The fight was captured on cell phone video and allegedly began because of a post on a social media site, the report said. Two students suffered minor injuries, the report said, along with a school administrator. An employee at the school who asked not to be identified told CBS that this type of behavior isn’t uncommon. “It’s mayhem. Students are in the hall, they’re smoking in the bathroom; cigarettes, marijuana,” the worker said. “We can’t
A Jersey City department director who earns a six-figure salary claims to live in College Towers, an apartment complex on the West Side that caters to low- and middle-income families. Michael Razzoli, who runs the city Department of Public Works, says he resides in one of the co-op’s College Drive buildings. But an application to College Towers says a resident’s household income must not exceed $64,000. Razzoli, whose name is misspelled on the apartment’s doorbell, makes $117,048 as the DPW director, in addition to a $65,085 annual pension as a retired firefighter. (Snip) “It’s a good crashing place,
Union Township — A top Kean University administrator has left the school after being accused of plagiarism, according to campus documents and school officials. A complaint filed last week said Katerina Andriotis, the university’s associate vice president for academic affairs, copied nearly nine pages of a 15-page campus enrollment management report from two documents found on the internet. (Snip) "This was not some midlevel administrator," said Castiglione, an associate professor of physics. "The violations of the Academic Integrity Policy were by the second in command in the Office of Academic Affairs, the very office tasked with enforcing academic standards." Reached via
President Barack Obama told a conference-call audience of 200,000 progressive volunteers on Monday evening that ´more than 100 million Americans´ – in a nation of less than 314 million – have successfully signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act. A weary-sounding Obama made the gaffe during a call hosted by Organizing For Action, the nonprofit successor to his campaign organization Obama For America. ´I just wanted to take a few minutes to speak to everybody because you guys are the ones who are in the trenches, day-in, day-out,´ Obama said, complaining of ´misinformation´ that has circulated
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has a long list of reasons why its customers aren´t spending as much as hoped: the expiration of the payroll tax cut in January, the November rollback of food-stamp benefits and continued uncertainty in Washington. Now, the world´s largest retailer is hinting at a new one: the looming individual mandate to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The company attributed a third consecutive drop in U.S. comparable-store sales to a laundry list of macroeconomic headwinds when it reported earnings last week. Wal-Mart, which forecast continued gloominess through year-end, told analysts
Abuja — In the gloom of a hilltop cave in Nigeria where she was held captive, Hajja had a knife pressed to her throat by a man who gave her a choice - convert to Islam or die. Two gunmen from Boko Haram had seized the Christian teenager in July as she picked corn near her village in the Gwoza hills, a remote part of northeastern Nigeria where a six-month-old government offensive is struggling to contain an insurgency by the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group. In a new development, Boko Haram is abducting Christian women whom it converts to Islam
His actor parents are well known activists and Stephen Ira Beatty seems determined to follow in their footsteps. The eldest child of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, who revealed he was transgender at the age of 14, appears in a new public service announcement (PSA) urging New York to change its Medicaid regulation which excludes transgender people from accessing healthcare. Stephen, 21, appears confident and informed as he speaks about the problem, saying: ‘I grew up outside of New York, but I´ve always known I´ve wanted to move here for the city´s vibrant artistic community. ‘As a trans person, I
Several Hackensack police supervisors who were named in lawsuits against former Police Chief Ken Zisa were paid thousands for unused sick and vacation time under a $4.7 million bond ordinance in 2010. The payments were made in 2010, the same year Zisa was awarded a gross payout of $94,000 for unused time just before his arrest on charges of insurance fraud. They were among more than 30 employees who rushed to retire and cash out sick and vacation time as Governor Christie tried to cap sick-leave pay for retiring public workers. (Snip) Toomey herself was paid $93,000 for unused sick
Tacoma, Wash. — At first glance, nothing looks wrong with Justin Winter, a tattoo artist in Tacoma. But when you hear his voice project out from his bushy beard, you can sense it is hard for him to talk about what happened one week ago, hard in a couple of ways. The most obvious difficulty comes from having his mouth wired shut. But, perhaps even more painful is the reason why he´s in this situation. "Another human life means nothing to these kids," Winter says of what he calls a "pack" of young people who attacked him. "That´s what disturbs me most
President Barack Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council Tuesday that his administration has "reined in spending" and "cut our deficits by more than half." "After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending, wound down two wars and began to change a tax code that I believe was too skewed towards the wealthiest among us at the expense of the middle class," said Obama. "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half. Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we´ve gone farther
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
Barack Obama is the coolest president we’ve had since John F. Kennedy, at least according to conventional standards for such things. Obama has always been a brand as much as a politician, one that has been perceived as sleek, smart, and up to date. Then along came HealthCare.gov. Its failure to launch is a signal event in the long political battle over Obamacare and perhaps an inflection point in the president’s image. It’s hard to maintain a sense of truly being on the cutting edge of change when you can’t build a website. Obama’s cool was, in part, an artifact of world-class
MICHELLE OBAMA: I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was really little and then I wasn´t that great at math and science so I switched to law because my mother told me that I like to argue a lot. But I realized in high school and in college that you don´t have to exactly know, you´re kind of always discovering yourself. So I studied law, I went to law to school, but was pretty clear I just wanted to be a good student. I wanted to know how to read and write and communicate, be able to
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded. Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing." She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice." Here´s a transcript of that exchange:
Well folks, it looks like Arizona Senator John McCain will "be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” According to the Arizona Republic, McCain is set to attend a glitzy fundraising for his 2016 campaign in New York City. Sen. John McCain has scheduled a December fundraiser in New York City, the surest sign yet that the veteran Arizona Republican is serious about possibly pursuing a sixth term in 2016. According to a copy of the invitation obtained Tuesday by The Arizona Republic, McCain is asking supporters to join him 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the midtown St. Regis Hotel
A downbeat President Barack Obama repeatedly asked his worried supporters Monday night to help resurrect his spirits, following weeks of political disasters and personal humiliations caused by the cascading collapse of Obamacare. The distracted president railed against opponents and at one point appeared to forget the number of people in the Obamacare system during the rambling quarter-hour address. “My main message is I’m going to need your help, your energy, your faith, your ability to reach out to neighbors, kids and friends [and] co-workers,” he told listeners to the Internet broadcast arranged by his grass-roots group, Organizing for Action. But his worried
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.”(snip)Mrs. Obama was asked about her biggest fashion regret. She said she’s always happy with her outfits but that, quote, “sometimes I forget I’m the first lady and I’m running around in shorts.” She recalled her family’s first White House vacation, to the Grand Canyon in August 2009. Mrs. Obama said her wearing shorts getting off the plane “created a huge stink because people were like, ‘she’s wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.’” She said her thought
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama conceded that he will have to "remarket" and "rebrand" Obamacare as public confidence in him and the healthcare law he championed has plummeted. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, Obama addressed the failures of the Obamacare rollout and said while he was confident that the healthcare model his administration built, which he claimed worked off of the "existing private insurance system," would succeed, the law would have to be rebranded. “We are going to have to obviously remarket and rebrand,” Obama said. “And that will be challenging in this political environment.” When he
President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he´s confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he´s going to have to "re-brand" it to sell it to a skeptical public. He didn´t use the word "Obamacare" once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the "Affordable Care Act" seven times. "So, look, I am confident that the model that we built, which works off of the existing private insurance system, is one that will succeed," Obama told the Wall Street Journal´s CEO Council Annual Meeting
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says everyone should stop talking so much about the 2016 presidential race, because doing so hurts President Obama, who´s only a year into his second term. "In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody´s like, ´So, who´s next?´" Christie said Monday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn´t do that." Even as he urged people to focus
The White House has admitted that it was wrong to promise that people would be able to their health care plans under Obamacare. "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient," President Obama said