Letters to the Editor

April 28, 2020

Small towns like Summit are doing their best to find a way through the COVID-19 public health emergency. Friends and neighbors have fallen ill and sadly, some have passed away. The damage extends also to lost jobs, shuttered businesses, and growing anxiety around just what comes next. Our local ...

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To the Editor: Bravo on Mayor Matthew Moench's response to the aggressive legal strategy and actions of the COE developer, Advance Realty. I believe that your suggestion of further R&D and pharmaceutical manufacturing would be ideal for this site and consistent with its historical use. It is ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - This photo was taken at 11:15pm on Friday, April 17th. The street should be lined with cars and pedestrians dotting the sidewalks. There should be Ubers and Lyfts pulling up in front of Egan’s to drop off latecomers and pick up those who stayed for “one more” after dinner. There ...

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Brother Priests, Deacons and Seminarians, Faithful Consecrated Women and Men Religious,   I write to you with great hope and confidence that God is close to us in these very difficult days. We ...

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Just wanted to thank the residents of Montville.  It is so wonderful to see the warmth and caring exhibited during these unsettling times.  Makes me happy to be a long time resident of this town. 

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — I have been a resident of the city of Plainfield for 23 years and honored to serve the residents of the 1st and 4th wards of the Queen City for 4 years. I do not believe that I forfeited my rights as a citizen and my protection under the United States Constitution because I ...

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Hi Berkeley Heights Community, I don't often write in the first person or editorialize my writing as a TAPinto franchise owner, publisher and editor. Many times my thoughts are the sentiment of many and my voice would just reiterate what has already been spoken -- so I stay silent and am the ...

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Dear Editor: Paterson has the biggest population by far of any town or city in Passaic County. It has the highest infection rate due to this virus. Having the site in Wayne at William Paterson University does not empower or help our senior population or others who cannot find a way to get there.

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To the Editor: There have been over 1,354,000 American war deaths through 2019 - including almost 500,000 during the Civil War. Over one-million three-hundred fifty-four thousand Americans died during war to obtain in some cases (Revolutionary War, Civil War) and protect/preserve our precious ...

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To all 12 Candidates for Commissioner: As a resident of the township of Nutley and voter trying to select the 5 candidates I found that there is not enough information for me to make an educated choice on whom to vote for. All that is available for the most of the voters is your "candidate ...

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When our economy reopens post-Covid-19, the economic landscape will have fundamentally changed and principally so for the working men and women in New Jersey and throughout the entire United States. For years we have been told that Democrats and progressives are the ones who stand up for workers ...

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To the Editor: In violation of the governor's executive order to avoid public gatherings, the Linden Board of Education held a public hearing at 6 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Linden High School auditorium.  The purpose of this hearing was to propose the disposition of Green Acres ...

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To the Editor: With the Dixiedale Affordable Housing Ordinances introduced at Thursday’s Chatham Township Committee meeting, there seems to be an urgency to spend money. Why the rush to spend millions of dollars when our immediate future is so uncertain? Especially when we cannot consistently ...

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To the editor, Perusing the local news scene this morning brought word that First and Fourth Ward Councilman-At-Large Barry Goode, Sr. had filed a Tort Claims Act Notice with the City of Plainfield on April 2nd, the first step towards filing a lawsuit against a municipality. The notice indicated ...

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It’s been three weeks since our last Board of Ed meeting. Sadly, since that time, we’ve all borne witness to how this insidious COVID-19 virus is impacting our families, our communities and our very way of life. What we’re facing is daunting, but I am heartened by the moments of triumph in everyday ...

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To the Editor: I have been asked this question a lot these past two months: "How is dating an EMT any different than anyone else?" Well let me tell you! EMT's are first responders that are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and ...

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While these circumstances are dreadful, not everything about following the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America has been terrible. Many people have welcomed the slower pace of working and schooling from home. Some of us who typically would commute to work each day, are finding the ...

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I will refer to Maria Hamlin as Chief because that is how I met her and how I will always remember her. Being a Chief is the highest enlisted military rank earned and it takes great drive and total commitment to the utmost personal and professional standards. When I transferred into the unit ...

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To the Editor: In this Earth Month we focus on the health of our environment, coupled now with the social and economic challenges the world is facing with the coronavirus. The graphic was created to suggest the relationship between the two. The battle to defeat the jetport sixty years ago ...

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To the Editor: To our Chatham Community: We have a confession to make - the members of the Chatham Emergency Squad have been a little busy as of late. Covid-19 has not spared the Chathams.  We are proud that we have been able to provide the same level of rapid, safe and responsive care to ...

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Dear South Plainfield Residents, During the first week of being quarantined Sal Severini, a South Plainfield resident and small local business owner (essential, front line worker) was already asking himself what he could do to help others during this difficult time within his community.

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WHAT OCCURRED IN NJ STATE PARKS Jay Webber, R-Morris, et al. (Assembly Republicans) in Assembly Resolution # 151  glibly assert that NJ parks were closed “purely on anecdote, without sufficient data.”  What homework did you do in the 2 weeks before Gov. Murphy closed NJ parks?  Obviously, ...

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To the Editor: To all township taxpayers and residents, When the original and thankfully REJECTED plan to tear down the municipal building and replace it with Fair Housing units, the specter of having to build a new Police Station or face a requirement to modify the present Police Station was ...

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Even as COVID-19 remains on the forefront of how we live our lives in the short term, we must continue to move forward on important issues that will impact us long after this public health crisis ends. To that end, I recently issued a proclamation acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on ...

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To the Editor: Climate change has been and continues to be a threat to our entire planet, whether acknowledged or not. Since it affects every single living being on our Earth, it is, and should be recognized as, the biggest threat to the world. However, it is not typically discussed or ...

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As I passed by a colleague during my daily walk in this new world of handwashing, social distancing and wearing masks, I exclaimed, “Who would have thought right?” and he replied, “Oh my god Kavita!” That was all we could share before we passed each other. Social distancing would not allow us to ...

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Dear Editor, As we enter Earth Week and Earth Day on April 22, I hope that our Governor will consider opening our parks and open spaces in NJ.  Being outside in the environment is so crucial for our physical and mental health.  As many of us are “stuck at home”, being able to commune with/in ...

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Dear Editor, In these unprecedented times Americans need leaders who can make difficult proactive decisions, provide information, convey a sense of reassurance and provide a plan for crisis management.  We need leaders who will help us maintain hope for the future.  Unfortunately, Democrats – ...

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Many EMS agencies across New Jersey have announced that they are "standing down" and either selectively choosing which calls to respond to or, in some cases, just not responding at all during this most critical time. The Nutley Volunteer Emergency & Rescue Squad, however, is reiterating our ...

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To the Editor: With the ongoing global pandemic underway and deeply impacting all global constituents, many Chatham Township residents have (rightfully!) shifted their focus away from political and municipal matters that “can wait” to focus on their ongoing health and financial concerns (and ...

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