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Letters to the Editor

February 7, 2024

To the Editor:  I am writing about the application for the apartment building behind the Burger King  I respectfully request a traffic study of Sparta Ave during the hours that children are transported to school and the hours that the children are returned to their homes.  Please do not ...

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Dear fellow Republicans, It is with heavy heart that I make this statement in light of the email Sen-elect Space's handlers sent out at 8:51 AM this morning.  First, anyone who is familiar with the Parker Space gang knows he does not write his own emails based on his personal educational ...

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“Because people don't understand we're the only country in the world that thinks art is a luxury. Everybody else in the world understands that art is an essential part of the quality of life.” – Steven Van Zandt The blues ecosystem is dependent on the collaboration of non-profits, venues, fans, ...

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We are optimistic that long-overdue renovations to the Dennis Library in Newton, including all-important handicapped access, as well an upgraded HVAC system, and a new roof, will finally happen!  At their meeting of November 8, the County Commissioners voted to modify the Dennis Library’s ...

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To drum up support for the Byram Municipal Building Bond Referendum, residents were delivered an "information flyer” that omitted the excessive bond amount and the excessive size of the buildings.  Omitting these prominent facts was intentional and not an accident.  After all, the best propaganda ...

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The Jewish community is currently going through an extremely difficult period.  A horrible attack on innocent people in Israel, unspeakable, sadistic torture, gleeful butchers and cheering mobs. The scenes have horrified and sickened every decent human-being. Jews around the world are shocked and ...

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To the Editor, Now that we’re deep into the fall season, our favorite neigh-‘bears’ are desperate for as much food as they can find to prepare for hibernation. While bears are in this period of frenzied eating (known as “hyperphagia”), it's important for New Jerseyans to be "bear aware" to ...

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Dear Friends of Dennis Library: Thank you to everyone who has written letters and emails in support of the Dennis Library renovation project.  At the County Commissioner’s meeting of Sept. 27, 2023, Director Carney provided an update indicating that he and Commissioner Hayden had met with county ...

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In 2021, our Sussex County Commissioners agreed to accept the donation of the Dennis Library from the Newton Library Association, as well as a $3.5 million grant from the State of New Jersey, which they would match, using funds from the sale of the Homestead. These funds would make possible ...

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On behalf of The PFLAG Sussex County board of directors, this letter is in response to the reported bias crime perpetrated in Sparta on August 27th.  PFLAG Sussex County is a local chapter of a national organization which was founded in 1973 to support and advocate for the families of people in ...

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Dear Editor, I am writing to express my support for Father John’s Animal House rescue and to encourage others to consider making a monthly donation to this worthy organization. Father John’s Animal House rescue is dedicated to rescuing and caring for animals in need. They provide a safe haven ...

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Summer’s here and so are backyard barbecue gatherings, swimming pool parties, Sparta Arts concerts on the weekends (Great lineup this year—check out the SpartaNJ.org website), a great time to get away from all the congestion in our lives. Except that a new zoning ordinance—soon to be voted on in ...

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Dear Fellow Republican: The June 6th Republican primary is right around the corner and, this year, your ballot will look a little different. Redistricting has changed New Jersey’s legislative map and Roxbury has moved to the 24th Legislative District. Although we will no longer have the honor ...

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Dear Fellow Republican: The June 6th Republican primary is right around the corner and, this year, your ballot will look a little different. Redistricting has changed New Jersey’s legislative map and Roxbury has moved to the 24th Legislative District. Although we will no longer have the honor ...

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Dear Editor: Over the past several months, Republican primary voters have been hearing extensive appeals from the candidates seeking elected office. We would like to reiterate why we are strongly supporting the campaign ticket of Parker Space for Senate, Dawn Fantasia and Mike Inganamort for ...

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Dear Editor, Like most people in Sussex County, I am a diehard conservative Republican who has grown tired of the spineless GOP establishment in our party hand-picking ineffective politicians and telling us we have to vote for them.  In 2016, Sussex County Republicans like Dawn Fantasia were ...

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Dear Editor: Over the past several months, Republican primary voters have been hearing extensive appeals from the candidates seeking elected office. We would like to reiterate why we are strongly supporting the campaign ticket of Parker Space for Senate, Dawn Fantasia and Mike Inganamort for ...

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Dear Editor, I support the two leaders we need in the State Assembly: Josh Aikens and Jason Sarnoski. Aikens and Sarnoski are fearless, local leaders who will bring valuable responsible fiscal experience to the table, making sure local tax dollars are spent wisely.  We work hard for our ...

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In Sparta’s Presbyterian cemetery, Stand ten Civil War tombstones in proud memory. In ragged, bent and tired line formation, Each with a bronze GAR grave marker citation. Ten “Grand Army of the Republic” veterans, Each with their own life mystery caravans. Joseph, Daniel, William, Rodman ...

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Dear Editor: With all the recent turmoil coming from Trenton, filtering down to our communities, Boards of Education, and Municipal Government there is one thing that is certain, we need good leadership in Trenton. The leaders that we put forward in District 24 represent our values in Trenton ...

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The book challenge in Sparta aligns with a nationwide trend: a parent uses a website to strategically locate a book with controversial content in a school library, then reads the most incendiary passages aloud at a board of education meeting.  There are many books in school libraries with ...

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Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has—- Inspired by these simple words, I am thrilled to report on a significant favorable development in our continued objection to the proposed mega-warehouse. This ...

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Dear Editor: Having conducted the Sussex County Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Newton for the 17 years before the pandemic, we are so pleased to hear that the St. Patrick's Day Parade is returning to Newton; with the Newton Fire Department being the new hosts of the parade. The Township of ...

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Dear Friends, The dawn of a new year brings the opportunity to reflect on the gifts of the past while anticipating the possibilities of the future.  We are awed by the bountiful donations which were received in support of the holiday initiatives at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Because of the ...

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Have we reached some kind of point? Inflection, turning, tipping??? Hopefully nearing an endpoint. I think there is a way to unite and get there.  Emotions have certainly reached the boiling point. It is frightening and must end for the good of Sparta. The point has been made.  Coherent action ...

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Note from the author: there are many hyperlinks in this piece. They link to the audio recordings of each individual referenced, saying the things that I’ve said that they said, on publicly available official recordings. There are also links to documents obtained under the New Jersey Open Public ...

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In the Sunday, August 7 edition of the Star Ledger, Reporter Jackie Roman wrote a column titled, "NJ to issue its first guidelines on warehouse development, but it's unclear if they'll be enough to quell community battles over proposed projects." The state Office of Planning Advocacy unveiled a ...

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I am having a difficult time understanding why the DCR application has not been either rejected or denied at this point. The Diamond Chip Realty (DCR) buildings and site design were deemed to be non-complaint and unapprovable by the Sparta Planning Board (PB) at the July 6 PB meeting. DCR was given ...

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I am a member of the Sparta Ambulance Squad; however, my opinions expressed are my own, and do not represent the Sparta Ambulance Squad Officers or members. I am also not a member of the Sparta Fire Department, I do not opine on their behalf. I have not been asked by either organization to post on ...

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As a long time Sparta resident, I have thoughts about the proposed and mega warehouse distribution center to be built in Sparta, NJ. This would be one of New Jersey’s largest at 880,000 square feet. The second tallest in the state at 56 feet. At 49.28 MILLION cubic feet, this warehouse is one of ...

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