Regional Opinion, Letters to the Editor

Letter: What does Monsanto have to do with food?

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Written by Staff Reports 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 Staff Reports 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 Staff Reports 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 Staff Reports 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 Staff Reports 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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Letter: AC Race Track closing just part of the cycle

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: AC Race Track closing just part of the cycle Letter: AC Race Track closing just part of the cycle To the editor:

The headlines on the Atlantic City Race Track closing are not a surprise; the track was on life support, and the litany continues.

The Shore Mall was demoted down, the Pathmark Plaza is vacant, as is the Genardi’s space. Several casinos have closed. Hamilton Mall has lost another nationwide store. It is common knowledge that retires are slowly moving out of state.

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Letter: Aquaculture could help bay scallop rebound

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Written by Opinion Friday, January 02, 2015 03:27 pm

To the editor:

I was reading about the bay and ocean scallops in the United States. The bay scallops were a very large East Coast fishery, but since about the 1950s the wild scallops had a large decline. The Atlantic sea scallop, commonly called the ocean scallop, after a very steep decline, is at record-high numbers due to conservation efforts to stop overfishing.

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Letter: State’s tracking of medical pot purchases is not constitutional

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:19 pm

To the editor:

New Jersey's system of medical marijuana regulation, which requires all patients obtain a state-issued patient identification card to possess and purchase medical marijuana, in tracked sales, is unconstitutional.

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Letter: Imagining New Jersey’s future

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a despondent George Bailey gets to see what his town would have looked like if he’d never been born.

It’s an alluring concept. Most of us would love to get a magical glimpse of alternate worlds that would exist if one thing or another had gone differently in the past.

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Letter: Thanks for work on post office food drive

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:52 am

To the editor:

On Dec. 6, post offices throughout Cape May County held out annual food drive.

The generosity of the food donations collected from our postal customers throughout Cape May County will help replenish the food banks in our county.

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Letter: Hope for those experiencing loss at the holidays

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 23, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

For those who have experienced a loss, the holidays can be a time of intense sadness. While others are celebrating, bereaved people can feel overwhelmed by memories of loved ones. They may avoid festive gatherings or isolate themselves from friends and family. They may feel guilty for not wanting to participate in normal traditions, and they may be conflicted by their own feelings and family or friends’ suggestions about what they should be doing.

All of this is quite natural and normal.

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Letter: Democrats would be smart to back Warren for president

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

The Affordable Care Act, which created Obamacare, is in jeopardy. A simple inadvertent mistake – or was it intentional – looms ever large. This spring the Supreme Court will rule on whether the government has the authority to subsidize federal health care exchanges. The act states that only state exchanges may be subsidized.

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Letter: New thinking needed for Grand Juries

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 09, 2014 02:20 pm

To the editor:

In today’s environment it is possible that a prosecutor and a grand jury are no longer the answer on high level matters regarding issues with various police departments, the individual policemen and the defendant.

No matter how it is addressed, the defendant or the person who is brought before the Grand Jury has the issue of the prosecutor leaning toward law enforcement. It is only human nature for the prosecutor to lean on the side of law enforcement or to present a neutral case to the grand jury and let them make the decision (right or wrong).

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Letter: It is America’s duty to welcome Mexican immigrants

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Written by Opinion Monday, December 08, 2014 01:53 pm

To the editor:

In the mid-1800s the United States, led by President James K. Polk worshiping at the altar of Manifest Destiny and eager to acquire more slave-owning territory, virtually purloined today’s Southwest from Mexico. Our nation instigated a war, then defeated a less powerful neighbor.  

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