Letters to the Editor

June 27, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell Plainfield Board of Education Editor of TAPinto Plainfield Dear all, The last few months have been a time of fear and confusion. At Cedarbrook K-8 Center, the past few years have also been full of challenges. But we want to let you know that even with ...

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Yesterday I went to celebrate Pride month at the Mudhole. It was a beautiful ceremony. We chalked messages of positivity. Listened to speeches about inclusivity from the founders of Nutley Pride, Mayor Tucci, and even our surprise guest NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. It felt like a giant step ...

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Over the last several weeks since the tragic incident that took place in Minneapolis which led to the death of George Floyd, We’ve been speaking to many residents and citizens and answering many questions regarding what we do in the Nutley Police Department.  We, along with all the officers of the ...

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The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all global activities. There seems to be no end to the spread of the virus in the foreseeable future. And so, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, of which I am a member, is partnering with the Red Cross to host nationwide blood drives as part of our ...

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On June 5th, Congressman Josh Gottheimer took part in the Oradell LGBTQ+ Pride Flag Raising in front of Borough Hall. This year marked the second time the borough had held this ceremony to properly honor Pride month. The Pride Flag is a vital symbol that hate and intolerance have no place in our ...

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The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on all aspects of the US economy, but has been particularly detrimental for small businesses throughout the country. Our small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and make up more than 99% of New Jersey’s total businesses. In North ...

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To those who say we need a real democrat in Congress – I agree. We need Josh Gottheimer; a real Democrat who works day in and day out to bring vital resources back into our District. Over Representative Gottheimer’s last two terms in Congress, he has proven time and time again that he supports ...

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To the Editor: You know the situation where one person says, “It not about you, it’s me.” This is not one of those stories... Mayor Driver challenges the assertion I made at the June 22 Flemington Borough Council meeting. I stated that the cost to remove Flemington’s blue line, ordered by ...

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Today, Friday June 26, is the Nutley for Black Lives Roll Out and March. Unfortunately, when organizing this event, we were faced with anti-protests and event threats of violence.  UNICO, an Italian-American organization in town, an anonymous instagram account, and several citizens in town ...

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To the Editor, Approaching the July 7th Primary deadline, Chatham Republicans must focus on and demand a return to the levelheaded conservative philosophy that once guided us.  We ought not be so overwhelmed by national and international crises and the ceaseless drip torture of Facebook scolding ...

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Dear Editor: I want to begin by thanking the residents of Scotch Plains for successfully working to defeat the coronavirus. For the past month, we’ve averaged less than one new case per day. Our total positive cases as of this writing is 289, with 170 cleared. Sadly, we have had 15 deaths. But ...

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At last night’s Council meeting our Mayor read a letter he wanted all Councilmembers to sign related to COVID-19, re-opening businesses, and high school graduations. Unfortunately, all our Republican colleagues immediately joined in to support this political stunt. Currently, many, if not all, ...

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On rare occasions, we will post a letter to the editor anonymously.  This is one of those times.  An exception was granted in this case because of the public interest served in reading the contents of the letter coupled with the letter writer's fear of retribution. ---------- Dear Editor I ...

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As June rolls on, we are all still learning to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. People are standing up across the country to fight against injustice and racism. At the same time, we cannot and must not forget that Pride Month continues throughout June. Many towns and cities in New Jersey celebrate ...

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As you may have seen or heard, a local business called The Tashmoo in Morristown, NJ was shut down completely unfairly by the town administration after following social distancing rules perfectly. Many other businesses nearby that had the same amount of people, many of which were too close ...

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I am a Muslim American Millennial of Indian origin who lives in Piscataway, and I will be voting for the ‘Column A’ Democrats. I am voting for : A transparent government An inclusive administration A government believes in sustainable development and a greener future A Transparent ...

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In recent weeks, COVID-19 has taken a backseat for many Americans. Nevertheless, New Jersey remains the state hit second-hardest by the virus. It is essential that we do not lose sight of the realities of the pandemic. While nearly half of NJ’s coronavirus deaths have been in long-term care ...

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To the Editor: Regarding: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/flemington-slash-raritan/sections/hunterdon-county-news/articles/hunterdon-county-getting-prepared-for-highlands-regional-plan-conformance-public-meeting-to-come Once again, Freeholder director Shaun Van Doren and former director Matt ...

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To the Editor: On behalf of the John F Kennedy School PTO, I would like to thank Mayor Zachary Bray, Chief Raymond Nolte, Chief Brian Kredatus and our wonderful fourth grade teachers for honoring our students with an Emergency Services Parade at a time when the traditional Fourth Grade Clap Out ...

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To the Editor:   It’s unfortunate TAPInto Flemington is choosing to use inflammatory language and is failing to confirm assertions by Councilman Harris in articles regarding the removal of the blue line on Main Street.  Calling the disagreement over the blue line “unrest” reflects bias and ...

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First off I would like to congratulate the Republicans on the way they handled the situation in the town meeting. They kept composure and compassion for the seriousness of the matter that was discussed. In my opinion, it's starting to be clear that the Democratic officials of this town have gone ...

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To the Editor: All we can say in response to the recently-published quotes from Mayor Kelly in the latest Tap Article re: Affordable Housing is, as the great Ronald Reagan famously said about Jimmy Carter, “there he goes again.” Demonstrating flailing, and failing, leadership with respect to ...

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To the Editor; Now we the public just don't understand what's in Kelly's eyes. Well, if other options were on the table as he says, but could not be told to the public all these months because of being discussed in executive session and had to be secret, why is it ok to speak of them now? Could ...

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To the Editor: Kelly's use of the "Visual" Zoom Meeting Format, is unacceptable. It gives Kelly a perfect screen to hide behind by either manipulating a meeting, or dragging it out so long most residents simply give up trying to get through to be heard. IF Township residents want to see ...

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Dear Fanwood Homeowners: It is appalling that in the middle of major health and economic pandemic, the Borough of Fanwood and Mayor Colleen Mahr would push through the largest property tax increase of our time.  Under the guise of a township-wide revaluation, the majority of Fanwood homeowners ...

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The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council has respectfully requested to be removed from the “Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation of Berkeley Heights” (TRHT) resolution passed at last night’s BH Town Council meeting as the process to date has been far from ...

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Dear Friends,  This is my 9th semi-annual summary of Common Council’s activities.  Typically, I plunge into my perspective on what we have accomplished and where we are headed.  However, the last few months have been anything but typical.  I know of many people who have suffered terrible ...

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Someone once asked President Harry Truman “How is it you always seemed to know what was the right thing to do?” The President answered “Knowing the right thing to do is not difficult for most people. It’s doing the right thing that gives them a problem.” I thought of President Truman when I read ...

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Most people in our town probably wouldn’t consider Wayne a “segregated town” but that’s usually because they’re unfamiliar with the history of redlining.  When FDR created loan programs as part of the New Deal in the 1930’s, the government created color coded maps to decide who got those ...

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To the Editor: I am happy to read that there was a rally in support of law enforcement in Flemington this past Saturday.  Had I known that it was going to take place, I would have attended. In any event, the fact that 200 people showed up in support of our police gives me hope that our ...

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