Upper Township Gazette

Letters page: Incumbents in lockstep on almost every issue

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

The November election will be the crossroad in determining the economic future of our beloved township.

Names on political signs offer absolutely no credence of character, education or potential to govern. I regard them as monuments to the stupidity of man. That’s what we don’t know. The following is what we do know.

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Letters page: Where has all our money gone?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

Electing new township committee persons is critical to our efforts to restore fiscal responsibility to our modest Township of Upper. In the past, when a properly certified public accountant oversaw the township budget, we had no local purpose tax and we even contributed millions to our schools to help children while maintaining significant cash reserves.

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Letters page: Why should we vote for change?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

I have been a resident of Upper Township for over 40 years and have seen the township progress over the last 20 years under leaders who have accepted the challenge to move with the times and seek alternative ways to keep our tax rate the lowest in Cape May and Atlantic counties. So, why should we vote for change in Upper Township?

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Letters page: Township has stepped up to protect Strathmere beaches

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 21, 2013 03:27 pm

To the editor:

At the last township committee meeting the mayor read off what seemed like a laundry list of grants and programs that have come to fruition for the township. But those grants were dwarfed by his announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been funded to do a beach replenishment project in south Ocean City, Strathmere, and Sea Isle City. It’s an ongoing commitment that will last for years. This is incredible news for Strathmere. It’s a really big deal.

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Letters page: Taxes, pipeline, working with State Police top issues

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Written by Opinion Saturday, October 19, 2013 08:00 am

To the editor:

Have you noticed that election campaign signs are sprouting up everywhere these days. Vote Republican, says one for Newman and Corson. The other for Republican Independents says, “Just give us a chance” for Coggins and Young.

What do any of these folks promise us, if elected, they will fight for to get improved or changed to improve the quality of our lives? Here is a list of items that need to be addressed in the days ahead. All deserve answers to help each voter make up his or her mind.

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Letters page: Asking questions is not playing politics

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Written by Opinion Friday, October 18, 2013 01:43 pm

To the editor:

When a committeeman in Upper Township asks a simple question regarding payment for services rendered to another municipality, why is it like pulling teeth to get an answer?

The recent discussion at an open public meeting regarding emergency dispatch service is just another example of the Upper Township Committee refusing to answer simple questions asked by Committeeman Tony Inserra. It’s his job. He was elected to make sure the public interest is protected, just like the rest of the committee.

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Letters page: Committee needs to explore all cost-saving ideas

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Written by Opinion Friday, October 18, 2013 01:41 pm

To the editor:

Wow is right. I am really surprised that Committeeman Jay Newman would even think that my proposing to the committee that we explore the possibility of reducing one of the township’s larger annual budget items, well ahead of next year’s budget, would be thought of as an attempt to embarrass him or his running mate. On my part, I was merely trying to being to obtain some of the very facts that Mr. Newman has begun to state in his letter of last week. I did not state that relocation of emergency dispatch as a better solution, nor did I try to give the impression that I am an expert in that area. I just brought up that it was an area that we as a committee should explore in an effort to save money for the township.

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Letters page: Vote for change would be change for the worst

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Written by Opinion Friday, October 18, 2013 01:40 pm

To the editor:

Election season is here and the signs have sprouted liked mushrooms. The Young/Coggins team signs promise “one voice for all.” Will that one voice be that of Committeeman Tony Inserra, Mr. Young’s political mentor in his run for township committee last year? Please remember when voting for that one voice what Mr. Inserra stands for: privatizing the rescue squad, privatizing 911 dispatch, eliminating the planning board and zoning board and the creation of a combined planning/zoning board, obtaining fiscal responsibility by the elimination of township jobs and positions to name a few.

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Letters page: Upper Township taxpayers should see school district’s savings

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 14, 2013 03:02 pm

To the editor:

Over the past couple of years the township committee has helped the schools with some of their maintenance projects on the buildings. The township, using workers on staff, has accomplished many tasks at a fraction of what it would have cost the school district to get these jobs done. It sounds like a winner all the way around.

But the critics of this program have a valid point. While the township saves the school district tens of thousands of dollars on these projects, where do the savings go? Hopefully it’s used on building maintenance, but it just as well may be used for more personnel or, worse yet, paying the architect.

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Letters page: Upper Township emergency services do not need changes

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:47 pm

 To the editor:

I watched the Upper Township Committee meeting on Sept. 23 with great interest. Committeeman Tony Inserra suggested that Upper Township initiate its own emergency dispatching system. It was explained that our community in Upper does not meet the minimum standards for a population of 90,000 to have its own dispatching system. His concern seemed to focus on the $200,000-plus dollars going to Ocean City when Upper Township residents could be benefitting from this money.

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