Somers story an important lesson in American history By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell, British journalist and author of “1984” and “Animal Farm,” 1903-1950 In 1783, America won its independence from England after eight years of war. But our […]

Keeping corporations out of politics abridges free speech By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist Every week, this newspaper publishes a letter or column that in some way attacks or ridicules people like me who believe in America’s “exceptional” 400-year tradition of individual liberty, limited government, and low taxes. Several of them remarked that conservatives are for […]

America’s greatness grew from liberty, low taxes and education By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist In 1776, “our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty.” They did it to preserve their special government and way of life that had evolved slowly in British North America during the previous 169 years.   […]

Boomers benefit from state’s Ponzi scheme pension system By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist   The arrest of a 49-year-old retired Ocean City police officer for alleged unlawful contact with a 16- or 17-year-old female Ocean City beach badge inspector he supervised got lots of public attention last week. But published details about his pay and […]

Which is more important, protecting lives or civil service pensions? By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist On April 12, 2007, a little more than five years ago, then Gov. Jon Corzine was nearly killed when the big SUV he was riding in clipped the back of a white pick-up truck it was trying to pass, ran […]

“I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I don’t consult a doctor for it, though I respect medicine and doctors. No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. I am well aware that I cannot ‘pay back’ the doctors by not consulting them, and that I am only injuring myself. But still, if I don’t consult a doctor, it is from spite. My liver is bad. Well let it get worse!”
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By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist “Do more than vote!” is the new slogan of We adopted it at our most recent business meeting after months of discussion. Every year, our public schools and countless “public service” announcements praise everyone who votes as a good citizen.   But voting alone is not nearly enough to […]

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist “Just because you do not take an interest in politics, does not mean politics will not take an interest in you.” – Pericles, leader of Athens, 430 B.C. Absecon is a typical New Jersey suburb of 8,000 people located on Route 30 about seven miles northwest of Atlantic City. Like […]

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist Some 14 years ago, Ike Rucker, Marty Russell and a few other local veterans got together and organized a parade that’s held every July 4 in the Smithville section of Galloway Township. According to their official website,, they wanted to get young people involved and teach them to understand, honor, […]

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist “The American form of government is a three-horse team provided by the Constitution to the American people so that their field might be plowed. The three horses are, of course, the three branches of government – the Congress, the executive and the courts. Two of the horses are pulling in […]