Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Farmingdale Road resident sounds off about the deer that constantly destroy plants on his property.
Wednesday, March 27
To the Editor: What was once a quiet pair of deer has grown to nine here on Farmingdale Road. Can't the town do something? All 20 of my hostas were reduced to sticks last year. I have some small roses too but they are in chicken wire cages. There must be something that can be done with these animals who are destroying the outside of my property. Albert Jablonski
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Resident says New York City mayor tried 'to help people to make a healthy choice by setting a standard.'
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large servings of sugar-sweetened beverages has been one of the most controversial policies in the battle against obesity. The ban, however, was recently stopped only a day before it was intended to go into effect. And, unfortunately, as one would do with any excess beverage, the Bloomberg ban was quickly dumped down the proverbial drain. Yes, the initiative had its faults and exceptions. Likewise, the food industry was looking for ways around it. First, Starbucks shrugged off the ban refusing to change drinks. Dunkin Donuts would have given customers syrup in a separate container necessitating the manual addition of such sugary sauce. Furthermore, the ban would not have been enforced in …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Resident urges readers to encourage their children to get involved musically. She said No Child Left Behind is having a deleterious effect on music programs.
Wednesday, March 13
Longfellow called it “The universal language of mankind,” and Confucius believed it to be “A kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” It exists in every world culture, and scientists believe it may predate human speech. During March, schools across the country are celebrating it by taking part in Music in our Schools Month. Our brains are wired to respond to sound, and to have a powerful emotional connection to music, so it’s only natural that it should be part of our school curriculum. Young children respond instinctively to its elements — chanting, singing, and dancing are part of the natural rhythm and play of early childhood. Aside from the innate joy that singing and dancing brings, songs and rhymes also are ideal …
Monday, February 11, 2013
A blocked fire hydrant could help save a life.
Editor's Note: Fire Commissioner Steve Toth wrote this letter due to a fire hydrant near Gabriel's Restaurant being covered in snow. A fire broke out at the restaurant Saturday. Firefighters had to dig out the hydrant from under the snow before they could put the fire out. To the Editor: With the large amount of snow the area received over the weekend, the Wayne Fire Department, as well as departments in surrounding towns, are encountering an all too common problem: fire hydrants that are blocked by snow or covered with snow. Aside from the fact that the hydrants are not visible, therefore requiring the responding units to locate one farther down the road, having to dig our way to the hydrant, or digging to uncover the connections is time …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Resident attempts to find out the number of firearm permits issued in Wayne only to have his request denied.
Thursday, January 17
To The Editor: For decades now, from time to time some one with a firearm seems to step out of the crowd and begins shooting down innocent people for no apparent reason. Not that any reason would ever justify an act of carnage the likes of which we have come to be witness to as of late. It always seems to me that society is always better at looking back at these incidents rather than looking forward at them, analyzing what has happened rather than heading them off. And for all the efforts we do make in deconstructing these sort of events to try to know what might have been going through the minds of these very bad actors, and what set them off, one thing remains a constant factor, firearms. When it comes to building here in Wayne, …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Taxpayer disappointed that no detractors spoke up at annual reorganization meeting.
Thursday, January 10
This week marked the beginning of the township elected and appointed agenda with the mayor giving his state of the township address and the council nominating and seconding the open positions. While the mayor gave his address I sat at home watching channel 77 and I was struck by the fact that despite his positive report on the state of the township he really gave no hard facts or data that a critical thinker who may be listening might take in to consideration. For instance, the mayor spoke of the state of the township's fiscal integrity, but he gave no figures with which you or me could rely upon to come to our own conclusions as to how things were doing and maybe more importantly how we might vote on fiscal matters should they ever make …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Republican leaders invite federal representatives to tour damage caused by Tropical Storm Sandy in light of Congress delaying a vote on Sandy aid until Friday.
State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, Conference Leader Dave Rible, and GOP Whip Scott Rumana sent the following letter to congressional leaders Monday inviting them to tour the damage Tropical Storm Sandy caused. Officials and Govenror Chris Christie blame combative U.S. House of Representative Republicans for the delay in approving a Hurricane Sandy Relief bill. The storm caused thousands of Wayne residents to go without power for nearly two weeks. Rumana represents the 40th Legislative District. The letter reads: Dear Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor: As leaders of New Jersey’s Assembly Republican caucus, we are writing to you regarding the federal aid New Jersey is seeking to assist homeowners and small businesses …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
U.S. needs a genuine third party to deal with this and other issues.
Looking back from this point, the last year seems to have been filled with misery and grief: the Newtown mass shooting that killed 20 children, Superstorm Sandy and the devastation she brought, the Aurora theater shooting. Locally, there have teen suicides that touched several communities. Longtime businesses have shut their doors or announced their closings. Many in red Northwest Jersey probably viewed the re-election of President Barack Obama as bad news, as well. So perhaps it is appropriate that the nation spends the last hours of 2012 teetering on the edge of the so-called "fiscal cliff." Part of what led us to the cliff was well-intentioned: A bill designed to reduce the federal deficit. The other main problem was beneficial to …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
State senator sponsoring legislation to eliminate the use of red light cameras in New Jersey.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Editor's Note: The following letter to the editor was written by Mike Doherty. Doherty represents the 23rd Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate. A new report from the state Department of Transportation confirms what many opponents of red light camera ticketing systems have long suspected: cameras lead to more accidents, more injuries and greater cost. The report contains data showing that both the total number and total cost of crashes have increased at intersections after cameras were installed. The commonly stated goal of red light cameras is to reduce injuries from right-angle crashes, generally the most dangerous type of collision that results from running a red light. At the 24 intersections in New Jersey that have had …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Is murder of 26 people, most of them children, enough to make Washington take notice?
Bullet-proof glass in every window. Armed guards monitoring X-ray machines at the sole entrance. Snipers on the rooftop keeping watch over the playground. Is this the future of elementary schools in New Jersey and the nation? It’s hard to imagine everything school officials would have to do to make children completely safe, after the horrific slaughter Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There is one thing that this nation must do: Congress must pass and the president must sign laws putting much greater controls on guns, preferably to include an Australia-style firearms buy back. Information about the senseless murder of 20 first-graders and six staff members at the school is still incomplete, with new details seeming …