Letters to the Editor

October 21, 2018

Dear Editor, I have lived in Chatham my whole life. I have seen inexperienced council members come and go.  It takes time and dedication to grasp the intricacies of local government.  Experience matters and I believe the team of Len Resto and Peter Hoffman continue to be the best choice for ...

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To the Editor: Councilman Peter Hoffman has done a yeoman job for Chatham Borough and his reelection is coming up this November. He’s worked tirelessly as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. During his tenure, he’s maintained Chatham Borough‘s AAA credit rating allowing us to borrow ...

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To the Editor: I would like to reference Peter Hoffman’s impassioned response to an earlier Letter to the Editor questioning if he is a true champion of diversity. This sudden self-reflection is self-serving at best.  Would this chastened Peter Hoffman have surfaced had his questionable posts ...

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To the Editor: It is easy, as a young person, to feel like you don’t have a place in politics. Like many of my peers, I was unable to vote in the 2016 presidential election, as I was only seventeen years old. However, the results of that election have affected me currently and President Trump's ...

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To the Editor: On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, I urge the residents of Chatham Township to re-elect Kevin Sullivan to the Chatham Township Committee. Kevin is an intelligent, thoughtful and resourceful public servant. I have worked with Kevin for a number of years on the Library of the ...

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To the Editor: I received a flyer in the mail today from Mikie Sherrill, and at first glance thought it was for Jay Webber. The flyer says that she will work across party lines. It’s been evident for quite some time that the Democratic Party has no interest in working across party lines. That’s ...

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Dear Editor: In response to Jocelyn Mathiasen’s proposed 5-point plan addressing a rejuvenation of Main Street, I would like to set a few things straight. I respond as someone who has actually served as a volunteer for nearly 9 years on the Planning Board, dealing with the many issues and ...

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To the Editor: As a 15-year resident of Chatham, I am happy and proud to endorse Carolyn Dempsey for Borough Council. She is an exemplary leader and fine person. I first got to know Carolyn as a leader at our church. She has served on numerous committees and headed up the Christian Education ...

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To the Editor: I am writing to voice my support for Tracy Ness for Chatham Township. There are so many good reasons to vote for her, from her experience writing for the Independent Press, working as a realtor, as a volunteer at the Chatham schools and as President of the Chatham Athletic ...

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To the Editor: Yesterday the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) issued a press release calling on the Republican State Committee Chairman to repudiate anti-Muslim and racist comments made on Facebook and on anti-Muslim hate site BarenakedIslam by Republican ...

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To the Editor: We have an interesting situation in the Chatham Borough Council race this year. All four candidates bring something to the table in terms of qualifications. The two incumbents have sat through numerous meetings during their time in office and know the process for passing ...

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Dear Editor: Kevin Sullivan is a man of integrity and conviction. While I have known Kevin during my time on the Township Committee I have found him to be an individual who tries to see the good in people, despite the political motives of others that may run contrary to what’s best for our ...

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To the Editor: A year ago, I attended an interview at US Citizenship and Immigration Services and afterward joined several hundred others at a special Ceremony for New Citizens. We said the Pledge for the first time and stood for the National Anthem. The Officiating Officer shook our hands for a ...

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To the Editor: In her October 12 candidate statement, Jocelyn Mathiasen made several statements regarding recent changes in zoning ordinances which I believe warrant a response to address a flawed premise and other concerns she raises. Her letter stated: “I recognize that these developments, ...

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To the Editor: Len Resto and Peter Hoffman have shown exemplary dedication and commitment to Chatham and its residents, personifying the best in volunteerism. Chatham has long been a town of volunteers and none have been more valuable to Chatham than Len and Peter. These men are mentally ...

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To the Editor: I read with interest Matt Wagner’s letter about our Main Street. I disagree with him on several points.  Erecting new buildings by demolishing old ones seems to be the council's only strategy to fix our increasingly decrepit Main Street. Carolyn and Jocelyn want to invigorate ...

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To the Editor: Women are heeding the call to lead our country, and this activism is alive and well in Chatham Borough. Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen have taken the crucial step of running for Borough Council so they can serve the community in a more impactful way. They are working ...

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Dear Editor: I am writing to express my strong appreciation and support for Len Resto and Peter Hoffman and their continued work they do on behalf of all residents to make Chatham Borough a better, more vibrant community. They must be re-elected to Chatham Borough Council. Those of us who ...

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To the Editor: We are writing to ask our peers to support the re-election of our dad, Peter Hoffman, to the Chatham Borough Council on November 6th. As graduates of the excellent Chatham school system, we have been prepared well as adults to formulate carefully considered and informed ...

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To the Editor: Yesterday I published a letter to defend myself against what I viewed as an attempt to paint me in a negative light based upon articles I shared on my Facebook page and an ugly comment I made 10 years ago in response to an appalling video. I won’t reiterate or re-litigate any of ...

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To the Editor: Getting out in the community, knocking on doors, volunteering, running a campaign that speaks to the issues in our community takes time and effort. And Township residents should expect that representatives that will make that effort. After covering this issue for years and ...

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To the Editor: It is not my normal practice to dignify the comments of partisan cyber bullies and internet trolls, but a recent letter to the editor constituted harassment which crossed the line with its ridiculous claim that I do not value diversity in society. Nothing could be further from the ...

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To the Editor:  On the Chatham Borough Council campaign website for Len Resto and Peter Hoffman, the candidates appear in a video touting Chatham Borough’s diversity garden as a testament to the fact that the borough recognizes that in diversity there is strength. Imagine my surprise, then, ...

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We will be voting for Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen on November 6, 2018.  We urge our fellow Chatham Borough residents to do the same. Each of these women has an amazing track record of education, community service, and excellence in their professional and personal lives.  They are ...

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Dear Editor: As a 22-year-old recent college graduate who grew up in Chatham, I am writing to urge all young people in Chatham and elsewhere in the 11th Congressional District to vote, and to vote blue, this November 6. Lots of us don’t vote. We especially don’t vote when it’s not ...

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To the Editor: I almost didn't write this letter but I have learned that silence gets you nowhere. On October 7, 2018, TAPinto published my Letter to the Editor in support of eliminating the use of toxic pesticides on Chatham Borough's recreational fields. I urge you to read it. It came to ...

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As a graduate student, my statistics teacher presented my class with a data set that showed that students who had a swimming pool in their backyard were more likely to succeed in school than those who did not. Based on this, we were asked, “Is the best educational policy to promote backyard ...

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To the Editor: When someone runs for public office the focus of attention is often directed at “Political” activities or accomplishments and what he/she will do for you if you support their candidacy. The personal side of the individual often goes unrecognized or fully appreciated. 'Standards ...

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Dear Editor: On November 6th Chatham Borough residents will have the opportunity to vote on who will represent us on the Chatham Borough Council. I am writing in strong support of the re-election of Peter Hoffman and Len Resto. These two experienced, diligent, responsible, results-oriented ...

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Dear Editor, I have read with interest the letters to the editor expressing support for both republican and democratic candidates for Chatham Borough Council. The theme of active community volunteers and having made a contribution through volunteering for the community is important. I would ...

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