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God-given gender cannot be shed like clothing

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Written by Kathy Hays Monday, July 01, 2013 01:31 pm

To the editor:

Thank you for printing Kirk Hastings' enlightening, insightful, researched and scientifically proven article about the reality and existence of God. I, and many, many others, agree with Kirk's protected religious beliefs concerning the practice of homosexuality.

Msgr. Charles Pope wrote a clear, understandable explanation about male-female distinctions. Pope stated that St. Paul (Galatians 3:28) indicated there is no difference in terms of dignity between male and female. Whatever essential distinctions there are between us, the truth remains that we all are equal in dignity before God, but this equality in dignity does not mean there is no difference in essence (fundamental properties).

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Development of Absecon Gardens moves forward

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Friday, June 28, 2013 12:43 pm

On June 6, 2013, the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court denied the appeal of certain local citizens who opposed the decision of Absecon’s Planning Board to relieve the AbseconGardens developer of the requirement to restrict occupancy of the project to seniors, 55 and older. Thus was ended a long chapter in the history of this project on New Jersey Avenue at the location of the former Marsh School.

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Government’s surveillance efforts violate basic principles of privacy

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Written by Mike Assad Monday, June 17, 2013 12:38 pm

To the editor:

Like many Americans, I have closely followed the revelations surrounding former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s public disclosure of the PRISM surveillance program.

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Praise for those who care greatly about Absecon

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, May 29, 2013 02:48 pm

I understand that every town takes pride in its community spirit, but here in Absecon we have recently been reminded of the many people in town who care about their neighbors and their city and who do something about it.

On Friday night, May 3, one of our most respected and beloved residents, Coach Tony Iaconelli collapsed suddenly of an apparent heart attack at our PitneyPark baseball field. Coach Iaconelli was unresponsive. However, Bill Tracy, Frank Phillips, Jake Ketschek, Laurie Moody-Tidcombe and Ava Bleazard rushed onto the field, administered CPR. They used an automated external defibrillator (AED), which had been made available by Absecon Emergency Services, to restore breathing until emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Their efforts likely saved Tony’s life and he is now home from the hospital and I understand doing well. Both Tony and the entire Absecon community are fortunate to have such caring people who do not hesitate to step in when they find others in critical need.

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Treat the disabled like everyone else

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Written by Kim Kelly Wednesday, May 22, 2013 06:03 pm

To the editor:

As someone with a disability, sometimes I encounter rudeness and judgment on a daily basis. It's shocking that people in a supposedly enlightened society still hold onto old ideas when dealing with people like me.

I think it's pathetic when some people think they can “tell” what disability I have from the way I look and speak. I am a person with schizoaffective disorder, and my sometimes blank expression is because of something common to my illness. It's called flat affect, which simply means I don't always show my emotions via facial expression. As for my speech, that's because I have a problem with my palate that wasn't totally corrected via surgery.

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What’s really behind proposed trade deal with Europe?

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Written by Albert Maslar Tuesday, May 21, 2013 04:17 pm

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Not content with his malfunctioning ObamaCare, has opened yet another Pandora’s Box as he advocates for a U.S. and European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Supposedly this joint venture would help both stagnant economies, which exchange about $1 trillion in goods and services each year, account for more than 50 percent of the global gross domestic product, and 40 percent of global GDP in purchasing power.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, capping off a joint statement with Obama, strongly lobbied for the TTIP.

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Absecon mayor issues caution to boaters using Absecon Creek

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Monday, May 20, 2013 03:54 pm

Submitted/A stranded boater in Absecon Creek waits for the tide to come in so he can get on his way. Submitted/A stranded boater in Absecon Creek waits for the tide to come in so he can get on his way. Last Saturday was the start of flounder season, and many folks will now beheading out Absecon Creek to try their luck. Boaters will need to be especially cautious because of changes in the channel since last season. It may take a bit of luck just to get out into the inlet to drop a line.

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Absecon firefighters: Not something you do-something you are

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Written by By former Absecon Mayor Peter Elco Tuesday, May 14, 2013 03:41 pm

Editor’s note: Former Absecon Mayor Pete Elco offered his unique perspective on what the members of the Absecon Fire Department have meant to the city during the department’s 100-year anniversary and celebration held Saturday, May 11. The following are his comments:

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From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, May 08, 2013 12:27 pm

Absecon   Police   Chief   David   Risley   prepares   a   monthly   activity   report   for   his   department.      For   April,   Chief   Risley   advised   that   his   25   officers   responded   to   2,486   calls   for   service,   making   a   total   of   9,943   calls   for   the   year   to   date.     

Through   careful   planning   and   staff   cooperation,   the   chief  has   been   able   to   reduce   overtime.      Overtime   has   been   reduced   by   243   hours   this   year   to   date.

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Where dreams come true in Absecon

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Written by by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, May 01, 2013 02:22 pm

Last Saturday was a bright, sunny day at the  Field of Dreams in PitneyPark. The place was bustling as I arrived around 11 a.m. A T-ball game was concluding on the field and what seemed like a battalion of green-shirted volunteers were cleaning out flower beds, weeding and laying down mulch. Barry Hackett, Larry McCarty and Chuck Dhyne seemed to be everywhere as they continued their preparations for the 10th opening weekend of the  Field of Dreams baseball season. Barry and Larry took a few minutes away from their work to describe what was going on and to explain what the  Field of Dreams is all about.

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