Regional Opinion, Letters to the Editor

Letter: History repeats itself

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Written by Opinion Friday, February 27, 2015 03:22 pm

To the editor:

As a World War II veteran I am appalled by the lack of knowledge our Senators and Congresspersons have in discussing the threats that have been covering our nation for the past years.

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Letter: Brown’s plan for Atlantic City is a fair compromise

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Written by Opinion Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Brown’s plan for Atlantic City is a fair compromise Letter: Brown’s plan for Atlantic City is a fair compromise To the editor:

I have known Committeewoman Barbara Rheault since she ran a respectable campaign for freeholder as a partisan Democrat last year. Unfortunately, after reading her letter about Assemblyman Chris Brown, it appears someone led her down a dark alley with bad information.

She really should have checked her facts before misleading readers about Assemblyman Chris Brown’s position on Assemblyman Mazzeo’s PILOT plan. Ms. Rheault should know better.

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Letter: Simple ballot change would make primary competitive

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Written by Opinion Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Simple ballot change would make primary competitive Letter: Simple ballot change would make primary competitive To the editor:

Four years ago Vince Polistina walked away from a safe Assembly seat to run for state Senate, creating a vacancy.  Two Republican freeholders desired the job, but by February, Frank Formica quit and Chris Brown ran uncontested in the primary. 

This year, two Republican freeholders, Will Pauls and John Risley, want to be Assemblyman Brown's running mate. One is likely to drop out of the race before it ever begins, just like in 2011.

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Letter: Adopt a vegan diet for Lent and beyond

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 23, 2015 04:44 pm

To the editor:

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

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Letter: Avoid further entanglement in Middle East

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:31 pm

To the editor:

More military expansion in the Middle East will lead to "boots on the ground." Let us not kid ourselves, it is the same old, same old! 

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Letter: You have the right to refuse standardized tests

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Written by Opinion Friday, February 13, 2015 02:49 pm

To the editor:

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has mandated a new test PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) to evaluate our children in grades 3-11. In 2008, NJASK was implemented for grades 3-8; in 2001, HSPA was implemented for grade 11. 

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Letter: Best step would be to prevent addiction in the first place

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:07 am

To the editor:

We are pleased to see Governor Christie expand on the growing problem of opiate addiction in his recent State of the State Address. The attention the governor is focusing on this issue and his proposals for improving treatment and making it more accessible are important steps forward. We also applaud the governor’s efforts to equip law enforcement officials and other first responders with Narcan, a drug which, if taken in time, can prevent accidental deaths from overdoses of painkillers or heroin.

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Letter: The press failed to investigate, publicize how public money is spent

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 09, 2015 02:31 pm

To the editor:

"Joe's take" in your Jan 30 issue ("Gov. Christie gives up on democracy") was one of his best columns: thought-provoking to an extreme. One can only marvel at Wilkins' confidence that an 18th century political experiment (our democracy) should be held so sacrosanct in these very different times of voter manipulation (and municipal corruption) by obscene amounts of corporate money. I suggest that Gov. Christie's intervention in Atlantic City's governance will have no effect whatsoever. The casinos will win either way. They are, and have always been, in charge.

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Letter: Wear red for women and American Heart Month

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Written by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo Thursday, February 05, 2015 04:58 pm

To the editor:

On Friday, put on that red dress, tie or winter hat in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to combat heart disease. Too many of us have been touched by the diagnosis of a family member, neighbor, co-worker or friend. Heart disease affects people of any age or any race, and one in three women will lose their life to this devastating disease.

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Letter: What does Monsanto have to do with food?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:57 am

To the editor:

Founded in 1901, Monsanto was a major producer of plastics by the 1940s. It also manufactured products such as DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange and bovine growth hormone.

Monsanto was among the first to genetically modify a plant cell and to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops. It invested heavily in research and development, and recouped the expenses through the enforcement of biological patents on its seeds – a method that conflicts with farmers’ customary practice of saving, reusing, sharing and developing plant varieties.

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Letter: Striped bass regulations are short sighted

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:56 am

To the editor:

The New Jersey striped bass recommended regulations for 2015 are short sighted.

This important northeastern fish population has collapsed before and will again without moderate conservation efforts.

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Letter: Stop annual black bear hunts

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:55 am

To the editor:

In recent years, there has been a rise of black bear sightings in southern New Jersey. Most of these sightings have taken place in or near the Pine Barrens, which cover a large forested region between the western suburbs and the Atlantic Coastline. A few bears found wandering near urban areas were captured and released in Wharton and Brendon Byrne State Forests.

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Why Social Security is a benefit

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 20, 2015 02:59 pm

To the editor:

Today, the word entitlement has negative connotations.   We need to use the word eligible more often.

One is eligible for a benefit before he or she can be entitled to that benefit.  For example, you are eligible to receive Social Security retirement benefits when you reach a certain age, when you have worked long enough and paid enough FICA tax to receive checks. The more you work, the more you pay in taxes, the more you will receive.

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Celebrate the ‘month of the eagle’

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Written by Opinion Monday, January 19, 2015 02:24 pm

It was only 30 to 40 years ago that things were looking grim for bald eagles in this state we’re in. Populations were plummeting across the United States due to pesticides. Eagles had all but vanished from New Jersey, with just a single nesting pair from 1970 to 1980.

But this iconic bird has made a remarkable comeback, thanks to a national ban on the pesticide DDT and the restoration efforts of wildlife biologists. By last year, New Jersey’s population was up to 156 territorial pairs, with 201 chicks hatched.

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Letter: With freedom should come responsibility

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Written by Opinion Monday, January 19, 2015 02:21 pm

Editor’s note: this was written in response to a recent column from Joe Wilkins, in which the columnist discussed the deadly attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and a childhood friend who went on to become an editor.

To the editor:

I read the article about your childhood friend, free press and responsible reporting. I think you were making the point that while free press is important, there is a certain amount of responsibility that should go along with it; however it should not be required. I do agree whole-heartedly. I think that including it in the First Amendment was the founding fathers’ way of stating that religious freedom is just as important as the other First Amendment rights. We seem to have minimized that right and we need to understand its importance in order to be respectful of all people while expressing our freedoms. 

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Letter: Stockton’s Africana studies is a legitimate, relevant program

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Stockton’s Africana studies is a legitimate, relevant program Letter: Stockton’s Africana studies is a legitimate, relevant program To the editor:

Seth Grossman’s Jan. 9 guest column, “Stockton should return to its roots: low cost, quality education,” which cites Stockton’s Africana studies as an example of what may be a “politically correct” program that is “not likely to lead to a well-paid job” is quite disturbing. What starts out as a rant about Stockton’s increasing debt and expansion efforts, and concern about the rising costs of college and increase in student debt, concludes by suggesting that a poorer-quality education and lower-paying job can somehow be linked to course offerings in the Africana studies minor. This is absurd.

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