Charlie Kratovil

Charlie Kratovil


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OPINION

COMMENTARY: Why I am running to be Mayor

Today is one of the most important days for the City of New Brunswick, as residents have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor for the first time in almost three decades. The current mayor has been in office since 1991, and I for one think it is time for new leadership that will finally put the people of our city first.

OPINION

Democracy and change

America is once again cool. And it's all because we fell in love with democracy. Anyone who voted on Tuesday or saw the lines at polling places all across the nation realized it: Democracy is here to stay. As I watched Sen. John McCain give his concession speech, it still hadn't hit me yet. I was focused on only one aspect: the unofficial end to his brand of old politics and economics. I watched a crowd comprised almost exclusively of older white people boo Obama's name like they had hundreds of times before, but I also saw McCain give probably the best speech he's ever given in his life.

OPINION

RU and the city: Gateway to the future

Rutgers, like many institutions of higher education, has often had disagreements with its four host cities, including New Brunswick. This relationship between institution and local government, known in academia as "town and gown," takes into account many different historical facts and future aspirations for both parties.

NEWS

Tune in to watch The Hub City Wire

For those of you who have yet to experience what Sen. Barack Obama has called "the best show on television," "The Wire" provides arguably the most realistic portrayal of urban America. It showcases the numerous actors and organizations that play a role in urban life. From longshoremen to cops, from teachers to drug dealers, from reporters to mayors, everyone affects one another in our small inter-connected world. Just a few of the organizations and institutions explored in greater depth than almost any other series include: the public school system, criminal justice system, unions, journalism and both city and state politics.                                                                                                      

NEWS

Score one for the little guys, finally

As I began my sixth year at Rutgers last Tuesday, it felt almost exactly the same as the beginning of every other year. I went to the first day of classes, ran into old friends, and tried to notice the little changes made to our 240+ year-old University. Typical. Then I went to work.

NEWS

Backwards laws hurt New Jerseyans

Those who use marijuana in New Jersey are at a severe disadvantage due to our backward laws regarding the widely used illegal psychoactive substance in the country, according to cannabis.net. It seems our legislators have other priorities, which may be more important, but the fact is that New Jersey punishes its own residents with outdated anti-pot laws.

NEWS

You can't fight City Hall

Editor's note: There were numerous factual inaccuracies in yesterday's column, "You can't fight City Hall," including the following. Robert Lord-Taylor was not granted money to update his house in the 1980s and 1990s. The first city renovations began in 2003. Lord-Taylor was cited for several violations other than a "shoddy paint job," including exposed wires, a dangerous porch railing and structural damage to the house. The City of New Brunswick chose and paid for the attorney to represent Lord-Taylor. It was not ordered by the N.J. Supreme Court.

NEWS

Re-re-development

This month, New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill unveiled the latest proposal from New Brunswick's all-purpose redevelopment authority. The New Brunswick Development Corporation, better known as Devco, proudly presented plans for a 34-story office/residential tower on Livingston Avenue occupying the current homes of two of the Hub City's great theatres, the George Street Playhouse and the Crossroads Theatre. Of course, the theatre companies that occupy the buildings now will be housed in a new state-of-the-art space on the first two floors of the tower. Cool, huh? Not so much.

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