Regional Opinion, Letters to the Editor


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Create a license for beer and wine sales in restaurants

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For the past 25 years I have attempted to show New Jersey legislators a way to collect more taxes and add employment throughout the state, while giving small entrepreneurs a chance at the food and beverage business.

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Letter: Teddy had it right: Increase in the inheritance tax

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“The absence of effective state, and, especially, national, restraint upon unfair money-getting has tended to create a small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief objective is to hold and increase their power.”

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Pipeline proposal should be revisited

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I want to thank state Sen. Jeff Van Drew for seeking to revisit the construction of a gas pipeline along the shoulder of Route 49 and 50 to the BL England power plant. While I believe that the Pineland’s Commission that voted against the pipeline in a 7-7 tie was well intentioned, I think they were wrong for several reasons.

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I know why it won't stop snowing

Shortly after noon Monday, the snow continues to fall in the Seaville section of Upper Township in Cape May County. Shortly after noon Monday, the snow continues to fall in the Seaville section of Upper Township in Cape May County. Sorry about the snow, folks! It’s all my fault.

Snow: Once an occasional and pleasantly anticipated winter occurrence that many people associated with happy childhood memories, it has now become a nasty four-letter word.

Here it is March, and South Jersey is having yet another significant snowfall. That makes eight days in January on which at least a trace of snow fell – with three or more storms dropping significant accumulation – and seven days in February, for a total accumulation of about 30 inches this winter, not counting today. It’s like we are living “Groundhog Day.”

And I have to apologize, folks. Because it’s all my fault.

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Letter: Killing of babies deserves outrage, too

Letter: Killing of babies deserves outrage, too Letter: Killing of babies deserves outrage, too To the editor:

This letter is in response to the comment made by the president of the ACSPCA, regarding the beating death of a dog, reported in the Feb. 6 edition of The Current. 

She said, and I quote:  “This crime is horrific, disgusting, and there is no excuse for it.”  

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Letter: New Jersey is tops in the wrong places

Letter: New Jersey is tops in the wrong places Letter: New Jersey is tops in the wrong places To the editor:

While I read Tom Williams’ column touting the good things about New Jersey as a feel good piece to make us feel better about living here, I had just paid my quarterly real estate taxes. 

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Help is just a phone call away

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Finding help. Often it’s the hardest part. With countless websites, acronyms, guidelines, deadlines, hotlines and more, it’s easy to get lost in the landscape of health and human services. In fact, experts point to an average of eight calls to make the right connection, and shudder to think how many stressed-out callers forgo critical services because they simply don’t know where to turn.

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Letter: You can help preserve the legacy of those who served in Vietnam

Letter: You can help preserve the legacy of those who served in Vietnam Letter: You can help preserve the legacy of those who served in Vietnam To the editor:

As a not-for-profit organization, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation is self-supporting in its mission to encourage and foster a thorough understanding of the Vietnam era, including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects that affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.

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Extending unemployment benefits does not solve the problem

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Last week, Rep. Frank LoBiondo called on Congress to pass misguided legislation that would extend long-term unemployment benefits for the 12th time.

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After settlement, former county employee alleges layoff was payback

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On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed Resolution 165-14, which effectively ended a federal litigation captioned Arthur Montana v. the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Diane Lanzetta and Barbara Bakely-Marino.

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Legislators too late on Pinelands pipeline

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After eight months of active participation by New Jersey residents in demonstrating their opposition to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and South Jersey Gas application for a gas pipeline through the Pine Barrens, and after a vote by the Pinelands Commission denying it, here comes state Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak rattling their sabers and throwing down the gauntlet to challenge this ruling. At no point in the process did they raise their voices, and at no time did they publicly weigh in on the issue.

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Letter: We can no longer afford to tolerate polluters

Letter: We can no longer afford to tolerate polluters Letter: We can no longer afford to tolerate polluters To the editor:

Why do we tolerate industries that pollute our environment and not even make them pay for the damage they inflict?  Why aren’t we demanding legislative relief in the form of punitive taxes from politicians who are supposed to serve our best interests?

Pollutants taint our atmosphere and rivers, the air we breathe, the water we drink.  Folks with respiratory ailments, weak immune systems, and young children are most vulnerable.  Health insurance premiums rise when folks are treated for conditions exacerbated by pollution.  

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Letter: Sadly, TV shows reflect New Jersey’ corruption

Letter: Sadly, TV shows reflect New Jersey’ corruption Letter: Sadly, TV shows reflect New Jersey’ corruption To the editor:

Tom Williams' Feb. 6 column, "There's more to New Jersey than Snooki, Nucky, and Teresa” was for the most part spot-on. Political corruption in New Jersey is a spectator sport and the rest of the country justifiably laughs at us. 

The images portrayed on the television shows "Jersey Shore," "Real (sic) Housewives of New Jersey," "Boardwalk Empire," and "The Sopranos" glorify blissfully ignorant, corrupt and unethical behavior.

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Letter: State needs to invest in tobacco control

Letter: State needs to invest in tobacco control Letter: State needs to invest in tobacco control To the editor:

It was 50 years ago that the U.S. surgeon general issued a report on smoking and health.

Given the increase in population, there are as many smokers at the end of 2013 as there were in 1964. Furthermore, more than 11,000 New Jerseyans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. It is estimated that 168,000 children now under 18 and alive in New Jersey will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.

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The grief that never goes away

To the editor:

I was up visiting my parents last week and read your piece about what parents go through when their child dies (“Confronting the worst pain of all,” by Tom Williams, Jan. 23).

My daughter, Molly, 12, died a year ago this week.  I found your article both accurate and comforting. 

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Letter: Kindness of neighbors appreciated

Letter: Kindness of neighbors appreciated Letter: Kindness of neighbors appreciated To the editor:

On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 29, I had been scheduled to be a guest speaker at Dr. Ron Caro's “Veteran Experience” class at Stockton College. 

I was about to call Dr. Caro to confirm that the class was still on since more than 7 inches of snow had fallen the night before.  He called me first.  Dr. Caro was happy to learn that I would be able to speak at his class.

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