Sunday, March 29, 2015
POST 8 POTPOURIE
Just two more NCAA basketball days left, if this weekend games which were great had been about 30 seconds shorter the ACC would have filled three quarters of the final four. As it is the Big Ten is half the field. Kentucky can be beaten.
After being a subscriber to the Courier for the past 70 years I am not going to renew it again at the end of this week. This is an action that I have long contemplated but it is no longer a “newspaper” and the few special features such as the Bridge Column are no longer readable due to the ungodly small typeface being used. Once upon the time the Telephone 'book" listings were the criteria used to determine the need for reading glasses. The Courier's news type is about that size; however the type face used that column and in "Doonsbury" which is still a good political satire makes the old criteria seem like giant print.
The news quota is extracted from USA TODAY or Associate Press and there is no longer any real Plainfield interest expressed. Indeed much of the so called local news articles in the Central Jersey Counties are often just a plug for some local enterprise that could be an advertisement. And it has just raised it price!
It is a shame that this generation’s fascination with the cyber electronic world has caused a loss of newspaper readership with a resulting extreme reduction in advertising the life blood of the industry. This may be a case of which came first; the chicken or the egg.
The Star Ledger has also deteriorated in the past two years to a point in which what was once the best sports section in the Metropolitan area is a skeleton, and also depending on AP. However its obituary pages are still going strong although the number of my peers still living and in New Jersey is minute.
Perhaps next Monday at the Council meeting if and when we get some believable explanation of the process that resulted in the selection of Yates for an “emergency demolition” which Public Works had been aware of the need for almost three months, and two administrations had allowed a hazard condition to remain for years; we will get some information on the remedial plans for our streets.
WE have had the equipment to preserve them but have not used it. Woodland Ave which was repaved about 10 years ago is a disaster. Watchung Ave, not only still has those improper repaired street openings, but is also developing linear lengthwise linear cracks, after 4 years? Leland Ave south of Seventh is a pothole obstacle course. Why are there two sets of transverse cuts on the recently paved section of Leland near North Ave.? And as to regards of North Ave that street which was another misadventure in the McWilliams administration has already become in need of resurfacing.
If New Jersey is the heaviest taxed state it is not that we don’t have the money but our politicians have managed to misuse it.