Monday, November 7, was my first day at work at The Press of Atlantic City and on the following day I came to know that today is an election day - elections to the New Jersey state senate, assembly and Atlantic City council. What! Election; for a moment I was surprised as there was no election-related hustle and bustle, no campaign banners and party flags on the streets and no loudspeaker announcements - like in Pakistan - which made me curious about the scene at polling stations.
The South Korean government earlier this month announced a plan to set up a fund as early as this year to begin raising around $50 billion to cover minimal cost of its eventual reunification with North Korea, assuming the unification is peaceful and it takes place within the next 20 years. North Korea called it a "trick" aimed at regime change in Pyongyang.
After working for a few days with The Press of Atlantic City I realized that reporters of the regional press in the U.S. are by and large least exposed to the experience of conflict reporting unlike those filing reports from Afghanistan and tense areas of Pakistan. As such, they face far less challenges than reporters who cover issues related to militancy and military operations in close proximity of the warring sides.
On Wednesday, Nov 9, I visited the Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway Township along with a reporter of the Press of Atlantic City, who interviewed a teacher of the school. The teacher, Terry Dougherty, had won the Great American Teach-Off competition, landing her $10,000 for a tutoring program for children of those servicemen who move their children along with them on transfer from a school at one station to the other so they could continue their education smoothly.