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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Uncle Floyd on Main Street today
« Last post by BLeafe on May 14, 2018, 07:26:04 PM »
It's a 2-hour show that starts at the 0:02:13 mark. Like his 1990's "Uncle Floyd's New Jersey" show that visited Hackensack - which you can order here http://www.unclefloyd.com/order.html for $24.00 (it's Hackensack and Hawthorne) - most people ignore him. There are some interesting wackos, but it's a long two hours to sit through to locate them.

Try the 1:41:00 mark.



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Hackensack Discussion / Uncle Floyd on Main Street today
« Last post by Editor on May 14, 2018, 05:29:49 PM »
So I heard he was going to be in town today. I was doing my daily tour when a friend of mine called me to say he was at the check cashing place. I started heading in that direction and we met along the way. We did a brief interview about Hackensack's Redevelopment. I'm hoping Bob will post more about the show. Fun day!
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Pascack Valley Line Train Accident, May 2, 2018
« Last post by Editor on May 12, 2018, 08:45:57 AM »
Eric, then make drinking, smoking and high cholesterol foods illegal. Reduce the speed limit from 65 to 45. You'll save countless lives. Where does it end?
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Homer, an explanation of social darwinism is not the answer here.  I suppose you are also against helmet laws for motorcyclists. And do you have no problem with all the chemicals and hormones, herbicides, and pesticides in our food.  There are aspects of libertarianism that I agree with. Lots, actually.  But the drift towards social darwinism is dangerous.
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Pascack Valley Line Train Accident, May 2, 2018
« Last post by Homer Jones on May 11, 2018, 05:28:55 PM »
Isnít there such a thing as accountability? Arenít people supposed to be accountable for their own actions?
These two people were mature adults who chose to cross the tracks where they did. They made a choice where to cross and they paid the ultimate price. I remember a case over thirty years ago where a young man was walking on the tracks carrying a boom box and he never heard the train.
There was another case at Anderson Street where an individual crossed the tracks in front of a stopped train and then crossed the tracks again as the train had started moving. This person was an adult also.
Government puts up stop signs and drivers run the stop signs. Government puts up traffic lights and drivers run the lights.
Government can only do so much. Sadly some people make the wrong choice and have to be held accountable even if done posthumously.
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Or there's a better example.  Saying that train deaths don't matter because more people are killed by cars and buses is like saying Black Lives Don't Matter because so many more people are killed in Black-on-Black violence in the inner city than are shot and killed by police.

In 2010, 12 year old Caeser Muloki was struck and killed by a train near Clay Street and Central Ave. He would be about 20 years today.  I say his life matters. I think his family members agree with me. He would be alive today if the railroad was fenced off in that neighborhood. His death was not a smug "Survival of the Fittest" example proving that Charles Darwin was correct; it was an example that the railroad needs to be fenced. And had it been fenced, there would not have been 2 deaths a week or two ago.

And same for these two people killed so recently near the Main Street railroad crossing. Their lives matter. The railroad needs to be secured. We need it for safety, we need it for landscaping and aesthetics. Hackensack needs it to be a community that cares.
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I see 26 communities in NJ have passed resolutions against the legalization of marijuana, including two in Bergen County. Those two are Carlstadt and Garfield.

Interesting how the list includes very Republican and very Democratic communities. When something is wrong, people of all political persuasions see it.

Time for Hackensack to take a stand.

http://www.nj.com/marijuana/2018/05/these_nj_towns_have_said_no_to_legal_weed_before_i.html
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Editor, your argument is like saying there's no reason to ban assault weapons because far more people kill other people with handguns and knives.
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Pascack Valley Line Train Accident, May 2, 2018
« Last post by Editor on May 10, 2018, 10:47:46 PM »
Here are the prior discussions on this if anyone is interested:

http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,1683.msg5269.html#msg5269 (started in 2010)

http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,2563.msg7728.html#msg7728 (started in 2012)

Looking back, my thinking hasn't changed much.  I have no objection to a fence but I question its effectiveness. However, if the account above is accurate, a fence would have likely prevented this tragedy.

But then my questions are: Couldn't this have just as easily been a bus on the street? Why are we necessarily treating trains differently? Since 2010, there have been 4 deaths in Hackensack by train, including the latest 2. There have been at least as many killed by cars, probably more. (See http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php?topic=3413.0). What infrastructure would need to be erected to prevent vehicular/pedestrian deaths? Will people eventually begin to think that they are allowed to walk wherever they don't see a fence, even when other obvious warnings are present? Where does it end? At what cost?

For me, the better solution is personal accountability. Without it, we can't erect enough fencing. Ever.

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