I must admit it struck me and, realizing the difficult era in which we live, I felt it was time to bring that noted saying to your attention.
There is little doubt in my mind that many of you feel as I do about the many things that are happening around us of which we have no control. I truly believe it is it is time to shout out, "I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Think about it. At the present time, according to Gov. Chris Christie, one in four young people have moved back into their parents' homes. The number of people who are unemployed has grown dramatically and many people who have recently become employed are, unfortunately, working part-time jobs. Real estate taxes have had large increases in many communities. Those who have the responsibility of creating the laws by which we live are not making it easier to live in the manner that we used to be accustomed to.
Starting at the top, the president of the United States has taken many vacations and has not been able to provide the leadership those who voted for him had anticipated. The members of Congress, of both parties, do not seem to be able to pass any bills that will alleviate the problems we are having. Take a look at your state and your local governments and see if they are providing you with the means of making your life more enjoyable.
What can you do? On the local level, go to your council or commission meetings and let them know your feelings about the manner in which they are running your government. If nothing else, stand up and shout, "I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Will it help? I don't know, but it can't hurt. Don't sit back and do nothing. We deserve more from our governments and those we elected. Tell them what you want and, if you don't get it, there is always an election coming up. Get out and vote for those you feel will provide the leadership that we have had in past years when life was much better than it is today.
Atlantic City's City Council will hold an emergency meeting today to approve several good proposals that will help to improve Atlantic City. I am happy to report to you that the bid requests for milling and repaving Atlantic Avenue from Boston to Morris avenues had three bidders respond. The selection will be made at the meeting, and since the money is in place, work should begin in the not-too-distant future.
Bids will also be taken to fix the roof of Garden Pier, and although it will not be completed for this summer's usage, it should be ready for the fall. It will be nice to have the Atlantic City Art Museum and the Atlantic City Historical Museum open to the public. Without a doubt, they will enjoy what they have to offer.
The Venice Park Bridge also has received the bids necessary to correct the problems that have existed there. It is anticipated that the bridge will be open in late September or early October.
Notes of interest
•I'm beginning to become known as the light man. Have you noticed how dark it is at Albany and Ventnor avenues. When people drive into Atlantic City on the Black Horse Pike they see a monument but, unfortunately, it is dark and they cannot see the beautiful statue within. The monument's exterior and interior should be well lit. In addition, the site of a former gas station is completely dark. It, too, needs to be lighted.
•Pro Beach Volleyball is coming to Atlantic City Sept. 6 to 8. Jeff Guaracino will be traveling to California this week as the Atlantic City Alliance is hosting a media reception at the Manhattan Beach Open on Friday. This will serve to introduce the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational, the biggest, most prominent and only East Coast stop on the 2013 AVP Tour.
•Comcast Sports Net, the Phillies and DO AC are hosting a free Phillies at the Beach viewing party on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Arkansas Avenue and the beach in Atlantic City. The event starts at noon and allows fans a chance to watch the Phillies take on the Mets from a massive mobile movie screen right on the sand. The broadcast of the game begins at 1 p.m. The viewing party will feature plenty of pregame festivities, including a visit from the Phillie Phanatic and the Phillies Ball Girls, sand sculpture lessons, trivia, prizes and more.
•The fourth 3D sound and light show on the face of Boardwalk Hall that has been conceived and created by Montreal-based Moment Factory will debut on Aug. 29. The shows and the technology behind them are uniquely designed for the front of Boardwalk Hall. The show will run nightly every half-hour.
•The Burlesque Show that has been sold out almost every Thursday night at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa has been extended from the end of August to October. I highly recommend you see the show before at leaves town. Word around the casino is that it will be back with a new burlesque show in the spring
At the Convention Center
There will be six events in September at the Atlantic City Convention Center:
•The first is the Philadelphia National Candy and Gifts Show to be held Sept. 8 to 10. Attendance expected: 5,000.
•The Arett Lawn and Garden Show will be held Sept. 8 to 10, with an attendance of 1,000.
•The International Council of Shopping Centers Inc. will hold its event Sept. 10 to 11. The ICSC will draw 1,500.
•The Import Expo Car Show will be held Sept. 14 with an estimated attendance of 2,500.
•The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Conference will be held Sept. 26 to 27, with an estimated attendance of 400.
•The International Code Council's annual conference is scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 7, with an estimated attendance of 1,400.