The only thing that comes to mind today is the suffering and loss that has ravaged the small, depleted country of Haiti as a result of the strongest earthquake ever recorded there that hit the island just two days ago. As one of the most impoverished countries in the western hemisphere, Haiti lies in ruin with a government completely without resources of its own to aid the tens of thousands of victims amongst the rubble.
Survivors are have gone without water and shelter, and as night is settling, aid is finally beginning to pour in. Yet, news of decomposing bodies lining the streets and overflowing the morgues, reports of screams from underneath collapsed buildings, rumors of tsunamis, and looting has been a discouraging site for the already dispirited Haitians.
People from around the world can take part in the efforts to help the victims of one of the most devastating disaster since the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsumani. If you are interested in donating for relief efforts, here is a listing of agencies contributing aid to the Haiti earthquake victims:
On January 19th, Democratic Governor Jon Corzine will be leaving office and potentially leaving behind a new bill that allows illegal immigrants rights to in-state tuition prices. Today, this bill, approved by the New Jersey Assembly based on a 7-4 vote, will be going before both houses, and if passed, it would come alongside several other states, including California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington who have sanctioned similar laws.