MAY, 2011 BUSINESS MEETING. This Saturday (Tomorrow) , May 14 at 10:45 A.M. Right after the Breakfast Discussion. Shore Diner, Tilton & Fire Road (Near Parkway Exit 36), Egg Harbor Township, NJ. (Business Meetings, unlike Breakfast Discussions, are open only to Voting Members, Non-Voting Members, and guests invited by the organization.)LIVE, TWO-WAY TALK RADIO WITH SETH GROSSMAN: SATURDAYS ON 92.1 FM FROM 8AM TO 9 AM (REACHES MOST OF SOUTH JERSEY). MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS ON 1400 AM FROM 3PM TO 4PM. (FROM PARKWAY EXIT 63 IN NORTH TO CAPE MAY IN SOUTH).
BREAKFAST DISCUSSION AT THE SHORE DINER, FIRE & TILTON ROADS IN EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP FROM 9:30AM to 10:30AM. Anyone who wants to learn and promote American Liberty is welcome. No admission fee-other than to buy a great breakfast from the owners of the Shore Diner who let us meet there at no charge to us.
MOVIE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 AT 6PM at Shore Diner: The Agenda: Grinding America Down. For details and the trailer, go to agendadocumentary.com.
Agenda for Business Meeting
1. I apologize for not doing advance agendas for our business meetings during the past six months. Before, I did them together with our President, Dennis Mahon. I really over-extended myself by teaching two “Introduction to Government and Politics” classes at Atlantic Cape Community College while still running my law business, writing the Current/Gazette columns, and hosting three radio programs each week. I am just now catching up, now that classes ended this week.
2. The most important thing for tomorrow’s business meeting is to elect trustees, The by-laws call for a board of trustees of not less than 3 and not more than 13 members to run the day to day business of the organization. Trustees serve for three year terms, and select officers who serve for one year.
3. Trustees must be nominated by the Board or a Board appointed nominating committee one month before they can be elected.
4. There are currently 7 trustees, with terms expiring as indicated below:
a. Bruce Barkoff (2011)
b. Jesse Kurtz (2011)
c. Dennis Mahon (2011)
d. VACANT UNEXPIRED TERM (2011)
e. Nate Nathanson (2012)
f. VACANT UNEXPIRED TERM (2012)
g. Betty Lou Barnard (2013)
h. Mark Hutchinson (2013)
i. Mary Kazmark (2013)
5. If you want to be considered for appointment to the Board of Trustees, please reply to me, or contact Dennis Mahon, or any member. We would like to nominate Board candidates tomorrow (this Saturday) so they can be elected at the June meeting. But because of this short notice, we can extend the time.
6. Be an active voting member this year! The By-Laws state that all voting members must pay dues of $60, and attend at least three regularly scheduled business meetings per year. Our bylaws also state that member may have “an obligation to perform a certain number of hours of volunteer work to further the goals and purposes” of are organization. Although most voting members volunteer enormous amounts of time each month to advance our goals, we have not required all members to do such work in a systematic way. If you have not yet volunteered for a major project, please let us know what interests you.
7. Lawsuit against former Governor Corzine and Middle Township local officials for January 19, 2008 arrests. There is talk of settlement-and paying $2,328 court reporter bill.
Topics for general discussion:
1. Primary Elections, June 7. Only two candidates for State Senate, State Assembly, or County Office advocate principles of liberty. They are Tom Greto, Republican candidate for State Senate in Cape May-Cumberland County, and Peter Boyce, candidate for Assembly. Unfortunately, Greto was indicted for criminal fraud in 1994. He was later found guilty of lesser misdemeanor “deceptive business practices” and sentenced to two years in jail. He filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Peter Boyce publicly announced that he still supported Greto, since these charges were “in the past”. In Chapter 18, Verse 21 of the Book of Exodus in the Bible, Jethro advised his son-in-law Moses to choose “from all the congregation” as officials, people who were “capable, feared God, spoke the truth, and despised dishonest gain”.
2. Primary Elections for Local Candidates: We are encouraged that Liberty and Prosperity members Peggy Capone and Harry Rogers ran very effective campaigns for Hamilton Township school Board, and Capone was elected. One of our members, Aline Dix, is running in the Republican Primary for Township Committee in Hamilton Township. Many of our members are supporting Republican Jim O’Neill and Lisa Brown against the organization-backed candidates for City Council in Northfield. There is also a challenge in the Republican Primary election in Brigantine. Any voter who has not previously voted in a Primary Election, as well as Registered Republicans can vote in the June 7, Republican Primary Election. Both Republican and Democratic Party primaries are held at regular polling places. However, election officials lock the machines so you can only vote for candidates in the party you choose.
3. RGGI Repeal Resolution. Thanks to Steve Lonegan and Americans for Prosperity, Republican Assemblymen Vince Polistina and John Amodeo, and Democratic State Senator Jeff Van Drew publicly announced their opposition to RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) which now gives New Jersey one of the highest electric rates in the country. On Tuesday, May 17, Republican Freeholder Joe McDevitt will introduce a resolution to oppose RGGI. Come to the meeting at 4PM at the County Stillwater Building on 201 Shore Road (near Dolphin Avenue) in Northfield.
4. Michael Doherty: Conservative Republican State Senator (Hunterdon, Warren Counties) will be our special guest speaker at our June 4 Breakfast Meeting.
5. Atlantic City Airport. Newark Airport has the highest airfares in the country. Atlantic City has the lowest. Why did our local Republican and Democrat legislators agree to sell the Atlantic City airport to the same North Jersey politicians who now run the Newark Airport-and the folks who still haven’t rebuilt anything at the New York World Trade Center site?
6. Ocean Spray-The Press of Atlantic City gave front page coverage that Tony Baloney’s Restaurant hired 14 new people near the Revel Casino site, after state taxpayers gave a $261 million bailout. But it did not print a word of how high taxes and electric rates, and bad roads, forced Ocean Spray to move its cranberry processing plant out of New Jersey and into Pennsylvania.
7. “Unions and Politicians Conspire on Revel Bailout”. One of our members, Doug Stroz, wrote an excellent letter that was published by both the Current and the Press of Atlantic City. Thanks! Every one of us should try to write one letter to the newspapers, once a month! Read it here.
8. Check our new website design at www.libertyandprosperity.org. The new format will allow more of our members to actively post information on the website to be shared by everyone.
Seth Grossman Column for the Week
We need better, not more zoning laws
To read the weekly column, visit shorenewstoday.com or libertyandprosperity.org
Liberty and Prosperity Ten Core Principles for 2011
I. No eminent domain for private gain.
II. Enforce federal immigration laws. No amnesty. Deport illegal aliens.
III. Make tax and zoning laws fair, simple, and apply them equally to everyone.
IV. Cut taxes by cutting government spending.
V. Post all government salaries, contracts and budgets online.
VI. Repudiate (refuse to pay) all state government debts incurred without voter approval in violation of our State Constitution. Repudiate all federal government debts incurred for purposes not permitted by Article I, Section 8 of our Federal Constitution.
VII. Bring “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” back to our public schools and local governments. Let parents apply taxpayer money spent to educate their children to the qualified schools they choose. Don’t force public employees to pay dues to unions they don’t want to join. Let elected officials again decide what salaries, pensions, and benefits to pay our public “servants”.
VIII. Hold frequent non-binding referendums (public votes) on all issues of public importance.
IX. Term limits for all elected officials. Pensions for none.
X. Audit, reform or abolish the Federal Reserve Banking System and have Congress establish a stable currency secured by precious metals or assets with recognized and stable values. Have the United States withdraw from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and any organization which purports to require the U.S. Government to spend money without appropriation by Congress pursuant to the U.S.
Liberty and Prosperity 1776, Inc. is a non-profit, education organization.
We are registered and recognized by both the State of New Jersey and the IRS
as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. “Our mission is to learn and teach why
‘Liberty and Prosperity’, New Jersey’s motto since 1776, is still true and
relevant today — and how Americans can again be free and effective
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Voting Members: $60 dues; attend 3 business
meetings per year; work on one board approved project per year. Non-Voting
Members: $30 per year; no attendance or volunteer requirements.
Respectfully submitted: Seth Grossman, Executive Director,
http://www.libertyandprosperity.org 453 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ