Florence and I attended the annual gala for BVMI (www.bvmi.org), a nonprofit health center in Hackensack, which honored their “champions” for their volunteer services. I am a founding trustee of BVMI, which treats low-income individuals at no charge, partners with hospitals in the area to provide health care services. BVMI is based on the volunteers in medicine model that began in Hilton Head, SC in the mid-1990s. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Jack McConnell soon after the Hilton Head facility opened after I read an article in the New York Times about Dr. M.
I am pleased to inform you that the social entrepreneurship ebook is posted on the Sabrin Center site. I hope the essays will have an impact on the national dialogue about the best way to provide social services in communities throughout the country.
“Some people are living symbols, sheer embodiments of a concept that fits their persona as snugly as their skin: e.g. the Dalai Lama personifies Contemplative Piety, Harvey Weinstein is the incarnation of Brazen Vulgarity, and John McCain’s very person exudes the sweaty blustery spirit of Empire. His entire history – born in the Panama Canal …”
“Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the secretaries of the treasury and health and human services to cease making payments to health care insurance companies in behalf of the more than 6 million Americans who qualify for these payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Obamacare is the signature legislation of former President Barack Obama, enacted in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012.”
“Billions of dollars of wealth have already left New Jersey because of bad tax policy. Yet politicians in Trenton blindly want to make the state even less attractive. At the risk of asking an obvious question, how can they not realize that this will accelerate the migration of high-value taxpayers to states with better policy?”
Letter: Columnist ignores the effects of the economy on working class
NorthJerseyPublished 4:12 p.m. ET Oct. 16, 2017 | Updated 5:16 p.m. ET Oct. 16, 2017
Regarding “GOP chose party over kids’ health,” (Bruce Lowry column, Page 2O, Oct. 15).
Bruce Lowry spends most of the article decrying the Republican Party’s decision to allow the CHIP program to expire on Oct. 1, because he considers it a “godsend for struggling and working-class families, in Northern New Jersey and beyond.” There is no doubt CHIP has “helped” families deal with challenging times since the Great Recession, but Lowry ignores why the U.S. economy has experienced the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. In addition, he conflates “compassion” with federal and state government programs.
First, the U.S. economy is being “managed” by the Federal Reserve, which manipulates interest rates to “stimulate” the economy. This policy has been a colossal failure. The primary beneficiaries of the Fed’s easy-money policy have been the 1-percenters, who have seen their asset values soar at the expense of low- and middle-income families, who have received virtually no return on their savings accounts and other low-risk assets. Wages have been stagnant for workers in many sectors of the economy because the U.S. is undergoing a structural shift – to more high-tech industries from less “traditional” relatively low-skilled jobs.
Second, the American people used to be self-reliant and/or dependent on their families and local mutual aid societies to help them through illnesses, unemployment and other challenges. Since the Great Depression (1930s) and the Great Society (1960s) programs of the 20th century, the welfare state has made more and more Americans dependent on the coercive powers of government to assist them instead of relying exclusively on real compassion – that of family members, neighbors and voluntary associations.
The writer is a professor of finance at Ramapo College.
“This dynamic has yet to fully play out, but it will. Whatever you think of Trump, his election isn’t the problem; it’s merely a symptom of much deeper forces that will sweep our corrupt and rotten-to-the-core status quo into the dustbin of history.”