Junk Fax Law

As a coaching organization that trains businesses throughout the U.S. and in New Jersey on how to provide outstanding customer service to their clients, we are encouraged that President Bush has signed into law the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005.

The new law protects consumers and business owners from annoying unsolicited or junk faxes. We are pleased that Congress heeded the voice of small business by ensuring that the long-standing "established business relationship" exception to the ban on sending unsolicited faxes was included in the legislation.

As a result, small business owners can now fax customers, clients, and vendors without having to obtain their signature as long as the fax contains a clear and conspicuous "opt-out" notice for recipients who do not want to receive them.

The law is an appropriate response to a long-time problem. We believe it’s a win-win solution, balancing the needs of both customers and businesses

Douglas S. Brown

CEO, Paradigm Associates LLC

Monroe and Cranford, NJ

More on the Bard

The attempt by the Recreation Department to make Princeton Repertory Company and Victoria Liberatori appear to be unreasonable in negotiations is a matter of insupportable propaganda. It is not unreasonable for a person who devotes her entire artistic life to Princeton’s Shakespeare Festival to desire some degree of appreciation and to seek some permanence in order to insure professionalism and quality. The agreement offered by the Recreation Department was a take-it-or-leave-it proposition as it always has been. Honest negotiation was never contemplated or invited. The proposed disrupted seven-week season demonstrates the lack of understanding that has been ever present in negotiations with Jack Roberts and the Recreation Department.

As a past PRC board member and long-time financial supporter, I have watched with great sorrow the Recreation Department’s sabotage and weakening of the Shakespeare Festival. Unreasonable and burdensome requirements are a matter of documented history. The final straw was this season’s untenable production schedule and the bullying that occurred. Last minute movies and a short opera season displaced the Bard. There is no controversy here about one use of the amphitheater versus another. The truth is there are not enough facilities at the amphitheater to provide a summer venue for movies, opera, and Shakespeare.

The Princeton Rep Company devoted an enormous amount of time, energy, and money to put the amphitheater on the cultural map. Fairness dictates reasonable and responsible consideration. To remain viable and professional, PRC needs a multi-year contract in order to avoid what happed this year and a 12-week unencumbered prouction schedule. In addition, without a multi-year agreement, the PRC has difficulty qualifying for grant money. Fund raising requires a reasonably long-term life expectancy for the company. If you don’t have the money for a two-show season, you won’t have equity actors and professional


It would be simplistic to assign all responsibility to the Recreation Department. The municipalities have an oversight function and have provided their input. Jack Roberts and some of his staff are probably perfectly qualified to run a recreation department. I have strong reservations about their sensibility with regard to the arts and their qualifications to understand the needs and requirements of a professional theater company.

If Princeton really wants high quality, professional Shakespeare, the Recreation Department is going to have to become a lot more cooperative, knowledgeable, and nurturing. They will have to be told what to do by the politicians. Soon it will be too late. Those who want Shakespeare (including politicians) should now stand and be counted.

Del Purscell

Newton, PA

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