Fireworks over Fireworks, Your Taxes and More – Thursday’s Roundup

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So Johnny X who owns the Ducktown Tavern said $16,000 worth of fireworks were stolen from a tent in the parking lot outside his bar/restaurant in the wee hours of July 2, which is a shame of course but hey what do you expect in that neighborhood, Lynda Cohen reports.

Then surveillance footage showed boxes (the fireworks, we’re told) being kind of lazily loaded into a pickup truck by some Atlantic City police officers, and now I don’t know what to think.

But the PBA President says we shouldn’t attempt to pass judgement in public.

“It appears some very strong accusations have been thrown at several of our members.”

“When the investigation is complete, we are sure the truth will change the tone of the rhetoric and theme to these complaints. Anyone attempting to pass judgment in a public venue outside of due process or having all facts present is irresponsible.”

So we have the owner saying stuff was stolen, video showing police removing the stuff and Johnny X saying, “These guys were clocked in and working. Personally, it’s disturbing.” I’m not sure what any of that has to do with “rhetoric” but I’m putting that line about due process in my every-accusation-is-an-admission file.

In hopefully unrelated news, Johnny X is running for city council in the Sixth Ward.

Your Taxes!
Former state senator Ray Lesniak, who is “a progressive through and through” (his words) wrote an impassioned op-ed in ROI-NJ on the need for corporate tax incentives, pointing out that his colleagues who are “conservative Republicans through and through” also support the incentive programs.

In other words, I think we can all agree that keeping your property taxes as high as possible has been a bi-partisan effort.

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