July 23, 1986 |
Several residents of Audubon are expected to begin circulating petitions today in an effort to change the borough's form of government to a six-member council with a mayor who would be directly elected by the voters. The Camden County borough of 9,800 residents is now governed by a three- member Board of Commissioners. The commissioners are elected for four-year terms in elections held in May, rather than November. The mayor is chosen from among the commissioners. Five residents began the move to change Audubon's form of government several months ago. They said that the borough's current system did not provide adequate representation on major issues, and that they believed the borough needed a mayor who would be elected by the residents and who would have greater accountability to them.
September 14, 1988 |
It was exactly 100 years ago that Collingswood's original residents established their own form of government, a three-person commission authorized to appoint one of its own as mayor. According to Mayor Michael Brennan, who has served 15 years as the borough's leader, the political system has always worked well, offering the community's estimated 16,000 residents proper representation. But in the last week, Brennan and his two fellow commissioners have discovered that at least 1,690 voters may have a gripe with the government.
July 20, 2007
RE STUART Caesar's recent letter: Mr. Caesar must be unaware of the employment landscape. Health care is hardly a guarantee for most jobs, and even if people have the option, many are forced to make the choice between feeding themselves and paying for their share of health care. It disappoints me that Mr. Caesar uses the tired line that our country was founded on less government involvement. Our country was founded by wealthy people who did not want to spend money on British goods.
November 16, 2006
RE LETTER-WRITER Dennis Deangelis' comments on the election: It's sad when people are so gung-ho about dumb stuff. This dude wants to say that we are weaker as a country because the Repubs lost the Senate and House in the election to the anti-war Dems. He goes on about another terrorist attack, some stuff about the First Amendment-violating Patriot Act, and then he tops it off with some more stuff about Santorum. I'm not talking as if I believe that the Dems can do a better job because I, unlike some of these writers, actually HAVE common sense to know that the government is a business!
October 19, 1988 |
The Cinnaminson mayor last week wore a gold hoop earring in his left ear, a shiny gray sports jacket with black stripes and size 9 1/2 brown loafers. Indeed, all the township committee members and officials had surprisingly small feet at the meeting last Wednesday, but they were trying their best to make up the difference and fill their shoes. In the minds of those residents who regularly attend committee meetings, the Cinnaminson governing body last week seemed a little less staid, a little less dyed-in-the-wool Republican than it had appeared at previous meetings.
January 8, 2003 |
The federal government - epitomized by a 1950s-style bureaucracy designed for clerks using typewriters - is inadequate to serve and safeguard the country and should be reconstructed, a bipartisan commission said yesterday. Among its recommendations: Cut the number of federal departments and the number of political appointees running them, raise pay for senior career civil servants and federal judges, and make it easier for managers to hire and fire. Authors of the report said the one-two punch of terrorist attacks and economic anxiety underscored the need for an agile and effective government to safeguard everything from food supplies to financial markets.
August 20, 1986 |
Tonight, residents of Audubon will count signatures as they rally to beat the clock to change the borough's form of government. Nine residents announced last week that 800 residents had signed a petition seeking to change the borough's form of government from a three-member commission that chooses the mayor to a six-member council with a mayor elected by voters. Under state law, signatures from 1,200 of the 5,638 registered voters are needed by Sept. 4 to place a referendum on the November ballot.
June 26, 2008 |
Paul C. Light is a professor at New York University We've seen the federal government at its worst over the past six months. Consider the controversies over contaminated tomatoes and meat, tainted toys, toxic trailers, counterfeit Heparin, aircraft groundings, veterans' care, missing warheads and unrelenting contract fraud. For every NASA success on the surface of Mars, there seems to be a failure back on Earth. Congress and the presidential candidates have yet to connect the dots: The next president will inherit what Alexander Hamilton called a "government ill executed.
January 5, 1992 |
Louis Long was a man of boundless knowledge and impatience with government bureaucracy. So much impatience that he wound up working for the government, serving as inspector general for the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia from 1974 until 1985, when he retired. "The red tape that he found in the government often angered him and that's maybe one reason he stayed with it so long, to make things better," his daughter, Diana Long, reflected Friday. Mr. Long, a resident of Medford, died Wednesday at Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Medford.
January 7, 1999 |
For three years, the U.S. Postal Service has been a front-runner in a daring government experiment: Running for-profit business enterprises. The bad news, according to a recent report by the General Accounting Office: It has lost $85 million in the process. In all, the Postal Service has launched 19 business operations. The most familiar is the selling of T-shirts, mugs and other items with postage stamp logos. According to the GAO, 15 of these operations have lost money, and the most profitable one, selling logo merchandise, is being phased out. Postal customers have complained about waiting in line behind people shopping for gifts.