Upper Township Gazette | Opinion, Letters to the Editor

Letter: Tuition not an excuse for school tax increase

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

Here we go folks. Hold on to your wallet. The annual carping about Ocean City tuition driving your Upper Township school tax increase has begun.

It is interesting that we didn’t get any tax relief from the nearly $3 million Ocean City sent back to us over the last three years. Did your school taxes go down? Mine went up $400 over the last three years. Where did the refunds go? They were buried in the budget and used to pay for non-mandated programs, items that were rejected in referendums, more administrative positions, and who knows what else.

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Health benefits should only go to full-time employees

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

In his budget address, Gov. Chris Christie again reminded taxpayers that state and local pension and healthcare benefits are extremely costly. He predicted that if not controlled, it will significantly limit funds available for our schools and other priorities that will affect all of us. Trenton expects this warning to be passed onto local communities as we review our 2015 budgets that include similar local expenses.

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Letter: Local governments should be vigilant on benefits

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

In his budget address our Gov. Christie again reminded taxpayers that state and local pension and health care benefits are extremely costly. He predicted that if not controlled it will significantly limit funds available for our schools and other priorities that will affect all of us. Trenton expects this warning to be passed onto local communities as we presently review our 2015 budgets that include similar local expenses. 

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Letter: The company you keep

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

Unless you're Jesus, you can be judged by the company you keep. Bob Barr, his go-to state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, and his go-to Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Richard Palombo and fellow supporters of the proposed fracked gas pipeline for private industry are part of a merry band of reverse Robin Hoods.

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Letter: Fund raising letter sent to Strathmere in error

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:00 am

 To the editor:

I am writing today to express my deepest apologies. Over the past several weeks Strathmere residents have received a fund drive letter from our organization. We mail these letters to all residents in Upper Township. A mistake was made when the tax list of addresses was forwarded to our mailing company and the Strathmere residents were not removed from the list.

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Letter: More concern over PARCC test

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Written by Opinion Friday, February 27, 2015 03:21 pm

To the editor,

I have many concerns regarding the upcoming standardized testing known as PARCC that will be given to all New Jersey students during the months of March and May, 2015. Along with many parents throughout the state, our family has made the decision to have our son refuse to take the test.

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Letter: A plea for fair taxation

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 16, 2015 11:53 pm

To the editor:

It’s budget time again in Upper Township, yet not a word has been suggested to modify the dreadful high expense for tax-exempt medical and pension payments that some part-time elected politicians and their appointees demand from us. Full-time benefits are intended to reward and encourage dedicated career full-time employees.

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Letter: Marmora underserved with just one gas station

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

We have one place to get gas for our vehicles in Marmora. Why is that station consistently higher in price than other, similar-type gas/coffee establishments in surrounding towns?

Two days ago, the price of gas in Marmora was 15 cents per gallon higher than in Somers Point. I’m aware that those stores probably have different owners and/or managers, but is the price difference due to no competition in Marmora and that’s why they feel (and do) get away with consistently higher prices? Does the cost of the gas to stores with the same name differ from store to store with Marmora paying more per gallon than other similar stores and that’s why Marmora is always higher than surrounding towns? Even the gas/coffee store in Ocean View is usually lower than Marmora.

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Letter: A general election thank you

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Written by Opinion Monday, November 10, 2014 11:52 am

To the editor:

Thank you for my 70 percent win on Nov. 4. I walked door-to-door in 10 Upper Township voting districts, which included well over 1,000 homes. Unfortunately I was not able to walk in all of the districts. Also, I was able to attend numerous community events to meet and greet many of the fine people residing in Upper Township.

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Letter: Public input sought on Alzheimer’s

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, November 05, 2014 01:14 pm

To the editor:

Alzheimer's is a devastating, debilitating brain disorder that robs people of their cognitive abilities and ultimately their lives. Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease, which is the nation's sixth leading cause of death. Alzheimer's is the only disease in the list of top-10 causes of death for which there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. In 2013, Alzheimer's cost our nation more than $200 billion, making it our most expensive disease.  There are currently 85,000 residents living with Alzheimer's or a related disorder within the seven South Jersey counties. Between now and 2025, it is projected that our state will have a 23.5 percent increase in residents age 65 and older living with Alzheimer's.  Now New Jersey residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns and assist in shaping the future for the state in dealing with this disease.

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