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Monday, April 30, 2007

Yes! for doing the right thing

It doesn't happen often enough, but sometimes things are said in courtrooms or from the Governor's Office that make you want to shout, ""Yes!'' Three instances from the front page of Saturday's Press:

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey and his estranged wife, Dina Matos McGreevey, are haggling over custody of their 5-year-old daughter Jacqueline. The back-and-forth news conferences and competing tell-all books are making this a public spectacle, with a little girl in the middle of it all. At their court hearing Friday, Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy told the couple they should "use common sense.'' Yes!

At the sentencing Friday of the former bookeeper of the Jewish Community Center in Ocean Township, who admitting the theft of $120,000 from the center, her lawyer pleaded for mercy: She's the sole breadwinner, supports about 10 family members and is remorseful. Superior Court Patricia Del Bueno Cleary didn't buy the sob story. "I have no sympathy for thieves,'' she said before imposing a four-year prison term. Yes!

Even Gov. Corzine chimed in by doing what many people hoped he would do. He announced Friday that he would pay for his medical treatment out of his own pockets. Even though he is covered by the state's medical insurance plan, he won't tap it to pay for his recovery. Yes!

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