Yvonne Balcer Dear Editor:Jersey City is introducing legislation that might have life changing consequences for its residents. The first is the introduction of recreational marijuana. While the state benefits greatly, most likely the local residents will be stuck with higher car insurance rates with undeniably increase of car accidents. Recreational marijuana has contributed to more fatal accidents according to the Denver Post, the daily newspaper in Colorado. It is the reason many towns in New Jersey said they will not have recreational marijuana; they do not want to put that strain on their police enforcing traffic violations.The second is the removal of burlesque from the city codes. While I will admit, there are more racy videos and movies on the internet, those archaic laws have kept Jersey City from becoming Newark with their adult entertainment establishments and Times Square during the 1960s to the 1980s. Times Square was a seedy place when Burlesque, go-go clubs, and peep shows littered the area. Adult entertainment attracts crime.Newark is still a high crime while Times Square has improved its image when New York City closed down these adult entertainment places. This is similar to the State of New Jersey changing the requirements for bail because they felt it discriminated against poor people. Yet even Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said too many defendants facing firearms charges are allowed back onto the streets within hours of their arrest. This is another example of a bill being passed without addressing the negative impact of a law.In the need to be politically correct, I don’t think Jersey City has thought of the consequences that might affect the residents of Jersey City.
Free-from bakery business Genius Foods has appointed Liam McHugh as a new director to help strengthen its senior management team.McHugh, who has previously worked for Warburtons and Unilever, has been appointed manufacturing director, and will oversee the development of the manufacturing strategy for the Genius and Livwell brands, both of which produce a range of gluten- and wheat-free bakery products.In addition, he will help to develop the firm’s own-label capability which Genius has said will “achieve the company’s ambitious domestic and international growth targets”.It comes after it was revealed earlier this month that Genius has acquired two bakeries from Finsbury Foods, including United Central Bakeries in Bathgate and Livwell in Hull.Roz Cuschieri, chief executive of Genius, said: “Liam brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Genius. He has an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing processes, change management, people development, plus innovation and is perfectly suited to help drive our expansion plans at home and internationally.”Liam’s appointment reinforces our ambitions to become a truly global brand. He joins a world-class senior management team and will play a pivotal role in Genius’ future.”McHugh said: “Genius is one of the most high-profile, innovative and fast-growing food businesses in the UK. I am delighted to have an opportunity to help the company to continue to grow and expand.”