Bert Baron's Podcasts

For Rutgers a B1G day with B1G opportunities

Posted 7/1/2014 11:51:00 AM

As Rutgers moves into the BIG 10 Conference, it's a time for excitement, uncertainty, and tremendous opportunity. This move is the culmination of years of work for Rutgers, but now the real work begins. How competitive will the Scarlet Knights be in ALL sports, not just football and basketball? It will be amazing to watch RU take on the biggest and best teams from the BIG 10, but how soon we see some winning results is the question on everyone's mind. No one's is expecting Rutgers to be the dominate team in their maiden season, so let's just relish the moment, and celebrate membership in the BIG 10. We'll worry about wins and losses another day.

Julie Hermann and the "great" Star-Ledger death comments

Posted 4/13/2014 11:06:00 PM

Not long ago, Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann was addressing a journalism class, when the topic of massive layoffs and changes at the Star-Leder, NJ's largest newspaper, was discussed. When asked for an opinion by one of the students, she said it would be "great" if the newspaper were to die. The comments surfaced on a blog, and she has been feeling the heat ever since. Not only from the writers at the Ledger, who were quick to react to her comments, but from some of state elected officials too. I find it hard to believe that with all of the day-to-day things she deals with on the job, wishing for "the death of a newspaper" is on the top of her list. Her comments were obviously taked out of context, and let me tell you why I feel this way. Let's say every single day, you get a phone ...

An Open Letter to NJ State Senator Ray Lesniak

Posted 3/16/2014 12:39:00 PM

Dear Seantor Lesniak,

I'm writing you this Open Letter at this time to express my concerns over your current proposal to increase New Jersey's gasoline tax. At a time when New Jersey's working familes can barely afford to keep their children fed and clothed, this increase of 4 cents-per-gallon per year over a 6 year period would create an undue hardship. For the wealthiest state residents, this tax will have little or no impact; but for the hard-working and honest middle class residents of our beloved state, this will once again force our families to make major adjustments in their lifestyles. Too many families are already put in positions of having to choose what bills to pay first, and what else they need to sacrifice to keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads. I am proud to say that New Jersey has one of the lowest ...

When kids sue their parents

Posted 3/4/2014 10:09:00 AM

You've heard me discussing the case out of North Jersey of the 18-year-old girl who is suing her parents. Not to divorce her family, but to FORCE them to continue to support her, even though she no longer lives with them. The eyes and ears of the world are upon this case; and however it plays out, it could set a very interesting standard. Let's say she sues and wins. This could now  create a future hardship for the parents. What if she is accepted to college they don't want her to attend? Are they still obligated to pay for her studies? And how uncomfortable will futute family events be, (thinking Thanksgiving dinner), with someone at the table that sued to be there! Conversely, let's say the parents win, and she's out on her own at 18. Now, she is the one who is placed at a disadvantage. No support. ...

Biggest traffic headache NJ has ever seen

Posted 1/9/2014 2:40:00 PM

Wow what a difference a few days a few subpoenas can make. The sudden 4-day closing of the George Washington Bridge, or "bridgegate" as it has now come to be known, has reduced Chris Christie from the Republican frontrunner for the White House in 2016, to a state Governor who can't seem to keep tabs on his own staff. Firstly, the Governor doesn't have 60 thousand people working for him, and he indicated during Thursday's apology news conference. There may be that many State employees, but certainly not that many on his staff. But for the ones who do directly report to him, the seed to close 3 access lanes to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee had to be planted somewhere. I find it hard to believe that a staff member came up with the idea to paralyze a city on the first few days of school as ...

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