Letters to the Editor

July 3, 2020

It is time for the Holmdel Republican Party to finally come together and “Reject” the politics of deception and personal destruction being circulated by the current mayor and his campaign team. It is time to set the record straight on three specific topics 1.    Attacks Against Vicky Flynn & ...

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I will vote Column B in the New Jersey Primary.  It is without question that I will support the Biden/Booker ticket along with all of the Column B Democrats. Here is why I support our local Piscataway elected officials running on the Column B line. Mayor Wahler, council members, Gabrielle ...

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In Piscataway, we are facing an Environmental Crisis because of Global Climate Change. Are our elected leaders preparing our community well for it? I say no. As a long-time resident of our town, I have more questions than I have answers about what our current officials are doing: Why don’t ...

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To the Editor, In this day and age, not having your platform readily available on your campaign website is the height of arrogance. Unlike every other candidate seeking to represent the voters of New Jersey congressional district NJ07, Tom Kean Jr. seems to be trying to hide in plain sight. I ...

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To the Editor: We are again coming up on an important primary election here in Chatham Township. Given the unprecedented events of recent months, now more than ever, it is important that we have strong elected leaders at the municipal government level. We need elected leaders that are attuned to ...

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We would like to congratulate the Historic Preservation Commission and the town of Westfield for recognizing the importance of protecting our architectural inheritance. John Henry Frazee, noted Westfield town historian, lived in our 1850 house from 1927 until his death in 1972.  He had ...

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To the Editor: I read the recent news item that Chris Walker is resigning from the Flemington-Raritan School District (FRSD) Board of Education. Aside from his presence on the school board, I don’t know Mr. Walker and I did not vote from him in the most recent election. Nonetheless, I will miss ...

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The post 9/11 period and resurgence of several Islamic extremist groups cultivated the rise and spread of Islamophobia, a plague impairing our core American values of liberty and justice for all. As a Muslim-American growing up in the 5th District, I keenly became aware of the implicit biases and ...

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I read with interest Jacqueline Brevard’s recent letter in support of the Brindle Administration’s draconian new historic preservation/confiscation ordinance. In the 35 years that she has lived in Westfield, has Ms. Brevard ever voluntarily designated her 1902 house as historic? Apparently ...

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To the Editor, I hear that Rep. Mikie Sherrill, our P.R. savvy congresswoman, has wrangled a place in the improvised July 4th Parade. Good for her. But not good for those who'll be lining the route. She has betrayed her constituents by drinking Nancy Pelosi's Kool Aid. While we continue to ...

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To the Editor: I think we can all acknowledge that we live in a hyper-political world right now.  However, I wholeheartedly hoped that despite our political differences, we could have used the Fourth of July as an opportunity to come together, for one day, in the name of the country that we all ...

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I submitted a Letter to the Editor, originally published on 6/30, that included the following statement made by me: “Tom Kean Jr. (State Senator running for Congress in our district) is always polite and pleasant to me, and I’ve often heard the refrain “but he’s so nice” echoed by friends. Yet, his ...

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To the Editor: At the suggestion of a 12-year-old resident, Chatham Borough is hosting an “alternative parade” to honor our first responders for their service and sacrifice during the pandemic and to recognize, in some small way, the Fourth of July holiday in the age of social ...

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I’d like to voice my support for Josh Gottheimer for Congress. As a resident of  New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District for over a decade, I have witnessed actions taken to protect and support the District in a variety of areas. As I get older, I have become more aware of the impact of these ...

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The United States is in the middle of a crisis the likes of which have not been seen in close to a century. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are dying from COVID19. Tens of millions more are without jobs or the means to feed their families. Meanwhile, the President of the United States has been ...

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As elected officials, our main concerns center around the wellbeing of our constituents. Over the past four years, Congressman Josh Gottheimer has continually shown his capacity to care for and support Fair Lawn’s residents even as he effects change on a national level. Among many other things, ...

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This letter has been removed because, upon further review, editors deemed that it did not meet TAPinto's editorial standards.

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Dear Editor The June 29 article, "Temporary injunction slows Holtec's work at closed nuclear plant" makes clear that local (and even state) governments have lost the ability to protect their citizens.  Lacey Township's dealings with Holtec are a legitimate assertion of local rights.  But Holtec, ...

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Last week, I went to Town Hall to see Mayor Brindle to ask that she lead and support a movement from her office to paint a Blue Line in support of the Westfield Police Department and all Westfield First Responders. She was not in, but I did talk with James Gildea, the Town Administrator. I ...

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The Westfield Planning Board and Town Council are moving at breakneck speed during the pandemic lockdown to incentivize large-scale development and fundamentally change the character of our Town.  Whether it’s rewarding a developer who spent millions to buy a slew of South Avenue properties to ...

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When I was informed of a planned protest to take down the monument of Christopher Columbus that was so proudly erected in Parsippany after the hard work of UNICO members back in 1992, my blood boiled. These dedicated and passionate Italian Americans work hard to this day to help their ...

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Any cursory glance at the political and economic situation in the United States gives a clear indication that something is fundamentally broken about the systems that influence our lives. Although advocating for radical changes is a key step towards a more utilitarian society, this can only take us ...

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The choice this July 7th is very clear - I am supporting Dr Arati Kreibich for NJ’s 5th Congressional District. Josh Gottheimer has lost my support after four extremely discouraging and dismaying years of voting consistently with Trump, failing to support key Democratic priorities, his silence ...

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Dear Editor, Chaotic, troubling, concerning. Three words I never imagined would be used to describe Chatham Township, but unfortunately, under the poor leadership of Mayor Mike Kelly and his Deputy Mayor Tracey Ness these words ring far too true today.  Typically, when an individual runs for ...

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To the Editor: The three of us would like to set the record straight on an issue that Councilman Harris has decided to include us in. We do not wish to add to the incessant debate over the blue line. It is gone. We are focusing on the constructive work of making sure Flemington Borough’s ...

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On Friday I attended the Peaceful Solidarity March which was organized by Nutley for Black Lives. I was proud to walk with these young activists, who stand against systemic racism and racially biased policies, and in solidarity with people of color. These activists are fully aware that their time ...

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Westfield Girl Scout Troop 40490 would like to congratulate Betheny Swartz, Cate Durocher, Isabella Giacobbe and Olivia Paulino for earning their Silver Award.  The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and gives girls the chance to do big things and make their ...

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As we approach the end of Pride Month, the SCDC is pleased to see positive progress both nationally and locally. June 2020 has been historic for the LGBTQ+ community. This month, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, also applies to ...

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Sometimes as a straight white male I feel like Bruce Willis in “The Sixth Sense.” For the majority of the time, seeing the world through my own lens I think it’s one way but then all of a sudden it’s brought to my attention that I’ve been missing a whole other perspective, and when the kid says he ...

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It is evident that friends and neighbors throughout Hawthorne have lately been disturbed by the frequent sounds, sights, and explosions of illegal fireworks. There is a reason to believe, as Mayor Goldberg has cited in his second letter of this week, that a majority of the fireworks "are coming ...

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