Letters to the Editor

June 5, 2020

Dear Editors, As of today, America is both the wealthiest nation on earth and the one with the most deaths from Covid-19. I can’t help but think of the lives that would have been saved if America had different policies in place before this all began. For instance, without Medicare for All, many ...

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To the Editor: Over the last 12 months the Barnegat Township Committee has approved Bill Lists that range anywhere from $4M to $12.7M.  They have not provided back-up and details on the Township Committee Agenda published on the Barnegat Township website.  Most times, the Bill List is included ...

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The Plainfield Policemen’s Benevolent Association is aware that these are tense times within our Country and in our City. Recently, a video surfaced on social media depicting the arrest of a city resident. As required, the matter was forwarded to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for a complete ...

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Dear commUNITY: As an educator, I have an obligation to speak out. As individuals and as a commUnity, we are hurt and saddened and angered by the murder of George Floyd and the injustices and senseless deaths people of color that have suffered at the hands of those who are charged to serve and ...

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This week, we conclude our examination of the many problems with PILOTs and the tax abatement programs that the Brindle Administration recently set in motion in Westfield. It is an examination that we would have expected the Mayor and Council to openly undertake with input from all residents, ...

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Dear Residents, Family Members, Team Members and My Fellow Americans, At Fellowship Senior Living, we believe in bringing people together in mutual respect and unity… to foster long-term health, personal independence, spiritual growth, and fellowship. Our mission continues to be important, when ...

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For the many that are woke to the centuries of racial injustices, racial disparity and overall racial oppression in the world; there are still those that unfortunately do not get the meaning of messages like Black Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter Too. Now, I know that comes from a lacking in ...

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The police murder of George Floyd by a police officer in MN is something we all seem to agree on was an abomination and an example of wanton criminal police brutality. Nothing can bring back George Floyd who was allegedly being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill or some such. He ...

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June 4, 2020 Dear Holmdel Residents, I am writing to encourage your support in the upcoming Republican Primary for Vicky Flynn and DJ Luccarelli, who are ready, willing and able to volunteer their time to serve our community as members of the Holmdel Township Committee. Vicky is a ...

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The recent death of George Floyd has hit our family in the regards to “I can’t breathe.” As you read forward I would like to be clear our family supports black lives matter and in no way is this to take from this movement we are pushing for better police training and to honor my brothers name. It’s ...

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Dear Sparta, We say we have Spartan pride. We yell it at football games, print it on T-shirts, and hang it on banners. But do any of us know the full history of the land on which we have built our homes, schools, and churches? How can we have “Spartan pride” if we don’t educate ourselves on the ...

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SOMA Against Hate Collective Statement in response to racist attack on 5/8/2020      The members of the SOMA Against Hate Collective were incensed by the racist incident that occurred almost a month ago in South Orange.  On Friday, May 8, Maplewood resident C.J. Burgess came to assist her ...

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Dear Editor, The East Brunswick Human Relations Council strongly condemns this tragic loss of life. We are outraged by this senseless tragedy. Our hearts are with the family and friends of George Floyd. No one should ever feel fear in their everyday lives due to prejudice, intolerance or ...

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The black community, already disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, now is struggling through hurt and trauma caused by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. To be clear, these deaths, whether at the hands of a disease or a police officer, are further ...

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Citizens of Franklin Township along with citizens throughout our country have been stirred to raise their voices in recent days. Not only due to the incredible act of inhumanity leveled against George Floyd, but also due to the continuing inequality and injustice which still too frequently occurs ...

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Dear Editor: The brutal, reprehensible murder of George Floyd reminds us yet again that racism still is a factor in American life.  Although I support those peacefully protesting what happened in Minneapolis, my responsibility is to the people of Scotch Plains. I am confident that racism is ...

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Below is a message from Chef Sandi's on her Facebook page: As more than half the country is gearing up to reopen businesses amidst a global pandemic and restrictions are being lifted for restaurants in several states—the question has been asked, “When will Sandi’s reopen?” The governor has ...

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Mayor Robert H. Conley, Chief Darren P. Dachisen Sr., Madison Police Chaplain Reverend A. Craig Dunn (Madison First Baptist Church), and the entirety of the Borough of Madison would like to thank the residents and non-residents who came out today to respectfully exercise their constitutional rights ...

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To the Editor: We are now over three months into a pandemic that has led to a health and financial crisis not seen in many generations. June is here, which means another round of rent and mortgage payments are due for millions of Americans. Small business owners are scrambling to stay afloat, ...

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Hammering hatred happens and heals the world when you hug, happy, and hopeful humans. Fighting cannot force out violence but understanding each other will form friendships and unite. The process of promises and positivity can achieve peace. Creating peace through communication and ...

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Hello Franklin, I made this video with my boys a couple of years ago to honor Martin Luther King on his birthday. I repost it every year. With all the horrible things happening in the world right now I feel like this message needs to be heard again, LOUD AND CLEAR! I edited the ending to ...

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To the Editor: I can’t sleep tonight. There are a lot of reasons why one might have trouble sleeping these days. Fear of the virus. Fear for our families. Fear for our school. Ambiguity is everywhere, and it is exhausting to have to worry about the future, and all of the people in our orbit, ...

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Dear Morris School District Community, There are important words that I want to share with you today—that I have a responsibility to share with you as the leader of this school community at a time of grave national concern.  First and foremost, in the strongest possible terms, I condemn—and the ...

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This letter sent to school officials, mayor, and NJ State Board of Education about recent sexist and racist expressions by some Randolph Twp students. Bravo to TAPinto for covering important events! Dear Ms. Fano, Mr. Faranetta and members of the Randolph Township Board of Education, Mr. Olson, ...

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As a Westfield resident and former executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), I have been involved in the evolution of our downtown for over 20 years. In my career as a professional planner, I have worked in towns with diverse central business districts such as Burlington, ...

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As a community activist, volunteer soccer coach, father of two boys, mentor to many children I would like to ask all Unionites to keep spreading kindness and love. Let's be the example this country needs right now. I choose kindness over hate, I choose unity over injustice, I seek to understand ...

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Dear Residents of Springfield, Last year I had the honor of representing all of you as Mayor. With that role comes a heightened sense of responsibility and obligation to every member of our Township. Although this year my role has changed on the governing body, that sense of responsibility has ...

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Once more, Pedro Matos steps to the front.   Chief Matos' letter ,re the "murder" of George Floyd,  speaks not just to the excellence and transparency of the Clark Police.   It speaks to the utter humility of this man. It speaks to what he is willing to take on in this calamitous ...

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To The Editor: I am writing to acknowledge the genuine efforts of some CHS alum (class 2017), their clarion call to our community’s leaders and officials, and the kick-off of dialogue ensued. Please see “Chatham is Not Immune” (TAP May 31). They urged Chatham not to stay stationary while many ...

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Blue Lives Matter was never about protecting police officers’ lives. It started as a reaction to Black Lives Matter where it was wrongly perceived as an ‘anti-police’ movement rather than a movement critical of institutionalized racism. In my area and on social media following the events in ...

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