Blue, follow the bouncing ball under the fold, would you please? Just this morn, I got another rejection; the guest column I submitted to the Press of Atlantic City. It’s deja vu all over again since I always get rejected there. Let’s establish the fact that I’m no writer. OK, that said, please follow the email exchange with local editor.
And since I’m a challenger to Congress Frank LoBiondo (REPUBLICAN) this year (as I was in 2010) maybe you’d feature this diary in “featured stories?” No matter that the non biased local editorial page editor didn’t care for the guest column, now submitted below for your perusal (with some red hot email exchanges included… woohoo) perhaps you’d feature this? You folks are on my team…(I hope, and I count on it. I need you.)
Groundhog Day, deja vu, you name it, below the fold.
From: gary stein [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 9:50 AM
Subject: RE: guest column
haven’t heard back, and i haven’t tried changing a word because i don’t know if you’re running the submission? Mr. P., we have a real menace in this district, our congressman. i’m trying to shed light on the expletive deleted…. i run against the guy when others won’t. that column below doesn’t even mention him, but it would help get my name out, and the events described below are awfully relevant, here in s. jersey. my chances of beating lobi are a million to one. how about helping a little?
here’s more of who i try to be (i hope the link opens. it’s atlantic county democrats facebook page. check it out please)
btw, i call him an expletive deleted and don’t shy away from that language in private, in order to stress how badly i think guys like him have screwed this country. “congressmannnnn” …….. if that guy is good enough, anyone of us is good enough!!!
Subject: RE: guest column
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:53 AM
Not something we would run. It’s a rant, not a column.
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:02 AM
my little journey continues. got to get off this computer for a while…..ok, maybe i’ll write a somewhat polite “letter to the editor” tonight, about lobi and off shore drilling, sigh. hope that link opened for you? you owe me that much, have a great day. at least i don’t bother picking up the phone and calling you direct anymore, we’re making progress (lol)
Subject: guest column
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:57 AM
Gary Stein, 1729 Darmstadt Ave, Mullica Twp, 08215 609-703-1741
“Finally: Signs of Economic Recovery From Around Nation.” If I was an editor, and not a sometimes grammatically challenged candidate of Congress, that would be my headline. Economic indicators are pointing up. For example; in Michigan, the home of the U.S. car companies, the unemployment rate has fallen to 9.3% from a recession high of 14.1%. What’s new here in S. Jersey? Judging by the spate of recent headlines, not much; “WATCHDOG REPORT: After six years, no park, no jobs at NextGen facility in Egg Harbor Township; Jan 22, 2012, Press of Atlantic City.
Go a few miles distant and what’s news in the gaming Mecca of the east coast? This dubious headline greeted readers the other week, “Burlesque-style strip club at Revel casino will present ‘nightlife as art.” Reading between the lines might indicate all’s not well.
How about Revel CEO, Kevin DeSanctis, reneging on promises to hire an adequate full time work force with good benefits, earning us this headline and national exposure; http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/bu… A certain person (“Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred wins fight to represent former Resorts cocktail servers,” Oct. 26, 2011, Press of AC) might read that and wonder, what’s up with that?
Want more local flavor? “Steel Pier owners scrap plans to bring diving horse back to Atlantic City” And this, “Atlantic City casino gaming revenue drops 7 percent in January” And this, “CRDA is looking for input.”
Looking for input, THEY are? Are they kidding!!! I wish THEY’D checked out my endless on-line comments on Press of AC., or heard me on talk radio, or read my platform during last years abbreviated run for State Assembly (as the local Democratic machine obviously didn’t, and instead turned to their big idea person, Alisa Cooper).
Back in December of 2010 when everything was at a standstill in this town, I suggested letting the half finished Revel go under. That’s right, “go under.” Anyone with an ounce of common sense, understanding what’s going on in neighboring states, would make the argument it would save other casinos from the same fate going forward. And many did. But darn it, I suggested alternatives.
I pleaded for the elected movers and shakers to get some free market religion and take over the damn Revel, not bail it out! Lately we’ve been reading about vulture capitalism. Bain Capital would appreciate a guy like me. Steal from one group (headed by Kevin DeSanctis)-what they stole for pennies on the dollar from Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley, remember them? Yup, that bunch. We could have turned the tables, we could have recovered (some) of that taxpayer (Wall Street) bailout money. If your home is under water, you’d understand. Another recent headline clarifies my point; “Foreclosure settlement to bring about $762 million in direct relief to New Jersey homeowners” The Feb 9th, 2012. The AP story in the Press of Atlantic City read; “WASHINGTON – U.S. states reached a landmark $25 billion deal Thursday with the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses that occurred after the housing bubble burst.”
Of course the Revel was “too big to fail” so there was more to my idea than just seizing it. Part 2 was to convert it into a University of the Arts/Science. The tower would have housed students and the rest; the restaurant area, the large theatres etc, would have been well suited to academic and community events. Want irony? Check this out; “Going away to school: New Jersey loses 40 percent of four-year college students” 12/1/2011, and “Richard Stockton College considers expansion that would make it Revel casino’s neighbor” 1/1/2012; both from the Press of Atlantic City.
Last but not least, I imagined big. Perhaps a different Revel, not a casino, but an institute of higher learning, rising from the ashes, would have set the stage for the 2016 Democrat National Convention coming to our town. In that context, perhaps a Revel/University was doable? 2010 was the low point of our long running Great Recession, and the current Democratic administration had stimulus money begging for shovel ready jobs. BTW, I suggested billionaire philanthropist(s) “matching funds” might really pique Washington’s interest. I had 3 icons in mind, Buffett, Turner and Gates. One of their names, in lights, nearby to the Taj’s Donald Trump would have been a poignant message, or a new way forward.
There was so much more, such as applying eminent domain to beachfront and sparsely populated property’s north of Revel. We at Stein for Assembly had in mind a seashore national park, in honor of Barack Obama. Think about that! Might Atlantic City have then have been doubly irresistible to the Democrat National Committee as site for the 2016 Presidential Convention (on the 52nd anniversary of the 64 convention)? We’ll never know. They’ll be no new hotels, housing future delegates, and no new University; but this facebook page I created in early 2011 as reminder; www.facebook.com/OccupyRevel.ProjectAtlanticCity?sk=info.
What’s the CRDA’s better idea? “CRDA considers adult-entertainment district for Atlantic City, but market forces, existing laws complicate issue,” 8/8/2011 and 10/12/2011, “CRDA approves Atlantic City Boardwalk lighting project” Hardly my vision of enthusiastic school children planting flowers and picking up litter in and around town in preparation for a historic political convention in 2016.
Ack, I wish the Revel the best of luck when it opens. Here on the mainland, I sincerely hope local politicians, including the Congressman, figure out the NextGen dilemma before the next election. I’d suggest a charity rock concert similar to “farm aid” might be in order. Never mind how embarrassing; politicians as rock promoters, why not?
Will there be more opportunity to ignore other visions of sugar plums and fairies, as in Stein as candidate again? Absolutely; Congress 2012. We’ll be promoting the same tax simplification idea we floated in 2010 (as candidate). That is, raising the income tax on the top 10%, and incentivizing work for the bottom 90%, by eliminating the IRS and instituting this pay as you go feature in exchange; a 3 or 4% national sales tax on all. Its main feature is, it becomes less and less regressive as you work harder and earn more.
Lately, some of us have been wont to wonder how we got to this point? It’s simple, just do as politicians do, that’s do almost nothing good.
the rejected column ended this way….
Today’s headlines read, “Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approves almost $10 million for initiatives to improve Atlantic City” Feb.22, 2011, Press of AC
Press of AC’s blog. Gary Stein · Top Commenter · West Chester University of Pennsylvania
“I’d like to see an article devoted to and showing a full color spread of these (1.2 million dollar) trash cans. It’s absolutely pathetic. Hey jerks, go over to Ocean City and see how things are done on that boardwalk.”