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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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Letters page: Column pushed back against Affordable Care Act misinformation

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

Many thanks to our longtime friend, coach, historian and sportsman, Tom Williams, for his insightful "At Large" column regarding the Affordable Care Act. Tom has provided us with the responsible journalism required in these days of rhetoric, fear-mongering hyperbole and misinformation by the political elites of all persuasions.

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Letters page: Emergency dispatch contract is right for Upper Township

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:00 am

 To The editor:

Wow! It must be getting close to the election. That is the only explanation for Committeeman Tony Inserra’s proposal and letter to the editor concerning moving our dispatching services from Ocean City and to do our own. This is an obvious attempt to embarrass me and my running mate Curt Corson because even a cursory look at our contract for dispatching services or any attempt to obtain facts about how a dispatch center is run would show the folly of his ways.

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Letters page: Agreement should be reached on Pinelands pipeline

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:00 am

 To the editor:

With regard to the “Pine Barons” pipeline, allow me to comment as an engineer and an environmentally concerned citizen. Over time, I have worked on many pipeline projects.

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Letters page: Candidates should have to answer for banked cap

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:00 am

 To the editor:

The story of the school board’s banked cap should be a story long over, but it’s still going on under the radar. Remember a few years ago when the school board proposed a zero increase budget and the taxpayers soundly voted it down? Well, the school board got to bank that cap. That means that they still have the ability to tax you for that money even though it was voted down at the election.

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Letters page: Upper should do its own emergency dispatch

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 01, 2013 12:04 pm

To the editor:

I find it hard to understand why Upper Township is paying Ocean City $250,000 for emergency dispatch service when we have emergency medical personnel, many of them volunteers, capable of handling those duties.

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