By Michael ReaganIndependence Day used to be a happy day when all Americans put aside their partisan differences and came together to celebrate the miraculous birth of the United States of America.But like almost everything in the upside-down era of President Donald Trump, our great Fourth of July holiday has been spoiled by ugly politics.Whether it’s Nike deciding not to sell a running shoe with a Betsy Ross flag on its heel because a leftist ex-pro football player was offended, or President Trump being charged with militarizing the July 4th parade in Washington, Independence Day has become another thing to fight about for a few days on cable TV and in social media. Immigration is still by far the country’s most divisive issue now.My father loved and understood immigrants, but with the way things have deteriorated in Washington, I don’t know if he would have many allies on either side of the immigration battle today.This Fourth of July weekend is a good time to … [Read more...] about Who’d take Ronald Reagan’s side on immigration?
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More than a dozen interviews with Don Bosco officials, family members of the deceased and former athletes from the school do little to explain the numbers. There is certainly no evidence of any relationship between Don Bosco and the tragedies. Still, the rash of deaths that has hit the close-knit, all-boys school of about 830 students in Bergen County is mysterious and alarming, parents said. NJ Advance Media confirmed causes of death — a drug overdose, a car accident and a seizure that led to a heart attack — for four of the former student-athletes. Other causes have not been disclosed or explained and parents of three athletes declined interviews for this story. Kevin Roche said the cause of his son’s death never was determined after he passed away in his sleep. “It’s just odd how this has all occurred,” said Alice Walsh, the mother of Connor Walsh, who died from a seizure and heart attack in 2017. “Even though the school has been around for … [Read more...] about 9 ex-athletes from a top N.J. school have died since 2014. Why?
Somerset Regional Animal Shelter N.J. pets in need: July 8, 2019 Some fun and interesting facts about cats and dogs from Nationwide pet insurance: Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting. Cats do not have sweat glands. Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears. A cat can jump as much as seven times its height. Dogs do not have an appendix. Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10. Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second. A cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place. Burlington County Animal Shelter St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in North Branch … [Read more...] about N.J. pets in need: July 8, 2019
By Greg Hatala/For NJ Advance Media | Posted July 01, 2019 at 06:30 AM N.J. pets in need: July 1, 2019 It almost seems intuitive, but it’s still important to mention that fireworks on the Fourth of July – as well as the celebrations that go along with the holiday – and pets may not necessarily mix. A national study conducted by BluePearl Veterinary Partners found that animal hospitals see a 25 percent increase in patients over the Fourth of July holiday. Here are some reminders to help keep your pet from being one of those medical emergencies. Be careful of what your dog may find during a backyard barbecue or a gathering at the park. It’s not unusual for veterinarians to treat dogs for a corn cob or a rib bone they have swallowed. Also be aware of food and beverages that can sicken pets; keep pets away from avocados, apple seeds, caffeinated beverages or alcohol, onions, potatoes, grapes, tomatoes, and chocolate. Many pets become frightened from the … [Read more...] about N.J. pets in need: July 1, 2019
By Greg Hatala/For NJ Advance Media | Posted June 24, 2019 at 06:30 AM Chance at Life Cat Rescue N.J. pets in need: June 24, 2019 Profile: One Step Closer Animal Rescue EASEL Animal Rescue League in Ewing is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with the mission of reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in Mercer County. Begun in 2011, EASEL has increased the number of animals it has placed in homes each year while also performing trap/neuter/return services for the community. While EASEL has placed more than 2,800 pets in homes in the past eight years, more can be done. Efforts are currently being made to raise funds for a new facility that would include a medical unit to provide quality care for wounded animals, spay/neutering, micro-chipping and other veterinary services. There would be open space areas for shelter animals to play, enhance their socialization skills, be trained and interact with volunteers and potential families, helping make them more … [Read more...] about N.J. pets in need: June 24, 2019