Letters to the Editor

July 20, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees ...

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Dear Governor Phil Murphy, From the mid-1970’s, when I was age 12, I’ve had this vivid memory of watching my parents participate in a peaceful demonstration against the construction of a 12-story hotel complex just behind our backyard. In fact, on Wednesday, September 29, 1976, the local ...

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Open Letter to Cranford Planning Board: As you know, Hartz is scheduled to go before the Planning Board on July 18th.  Since last year, Hartz has postponed their meeting numerous times with no pushback that we can see whatsoever from the Planning Board.   We are asking the Planning Board to ...

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Well, friends, the dragon at Cranford's gates known as 750 Walnut Avenue has awoken from its nine-month faux slumber, and we need all hands on deck to fight this massive apartment complex slated to overwhelm our community.  Hartz is currently focusing on changing the zoning at the site to ...

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I strongly urge all registered Democrats or Unaffiliated to vote for Peter Jacob in the NJ-7 primary on 6/5. Peter has name recognition and the experience running one of the most cost effective congressional campaigns in the U.S. during 2016, an example that he walks the talk to get big money out ...

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A lot of people call me the “Voice of Garwood” because I usually have a lot to say. Those who know me know I only say things that I mean and that are truthful. I totally support our current mayor, Charles Lombardo, and his running mates, Jennyfer and Vincent, because I believe in them, and they are ...

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To my fellow Garwood residents: While a resident has recently raised concerns about air quality at the Petro/Casale cleanup site, I assure you the developer has complied with all state and federal regulations and there are no air quality issues.  I understand the concerns about this matter, ...

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My name is Jennyfer Guerrero, and I am running with the Regular Democratic Party “Garwood Forward” team for the Borough Council with my running mates Mayor Charles Lombardo and Vincent Kearney.  This is my first time running for any elected office. I am an Energy Contracts Manager for PSE&G, ...

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Dear neighbors: Garwood has been my home for the past 43 years.  It is safe to say that I am committed to making it the best place to live, work, and raise a family. It has been my honor to serve as your Mayor for the past three and a half years. I am currently seeking re-election for a second ...

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One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do ...

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The democratic mayoral primary is about giving the people of Garwood a choice.  The choice could not be clearer. As current council members for the last 16 months, we have had an inside perspective on what goes on behind the scenes to govern our great town.  Simply put, our support for Councilwoman ...

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I have read Mr Kearney's 4/17/2018 attempts to rebut my letter to the editor where i note my support for MsTodiscos challenge to the Regular Democrats Garwood slate for mayor and council of which Mr Kearney is a council candidate.  Although his letter is just his misguided brand of spin, I have ...

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After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I ...

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It must be election season in Garwood, because we have the inevitable "spin" of Bruce Paterson making its appearance on the editorial page.  I will respond, point by point, with actual facts, to last week’s letter.     Sara Todisco is an elected member of the so called “insider committee” ...

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Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, ...

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I endorse Goutam Jois for Congress Is white nationalism an acceptable belief or political position?  Of course not.  Is our U.S. congressman, Leonard Lance, a white nationalist?  Of course not.  But has Leonard Lance done enough to stand up to this dark undercurrent in our country?  Frankly, ...

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Dear Editor: I am excited to announce that Incumbent Mayor Charles Lombardo, and his running mates Jennyfer Guerrero and Vincent Kearney, have been chosen as the candidates of the official Democratic Party of Garwood in the primary election. Mayor Charles Lombardo, former councilman for 21 ...

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Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard ...

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For many years I taught Women's Studies at Rutgers, New Brunswick, and I loved to quiz my students on how many women were currently in the Senate, the House, and the Supreme Court--always too few for the satisfaction of my students and me. Would I be thrilled see women make up 50% or more of ...

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Dear Editor: There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) ...

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Dear Editor: As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County ...

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Dear Editor: Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, ...

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Dear Editor: I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me. I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood ...

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Dear Editor: Having Senator Scutari lead the (Democratic) party would certainly put Cranford in a good position for resolving the issues we face such as gun control, flood mitigation and public safety. Union County is made up of urban and suburban communities, that we need to protect. The ...

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I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection.  There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people vying for the ...

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Dear Editor: My name is Patti Murgo. I am Committeewoman in Linden’s Eighth Ward.   I am a life-long  DEMOCRAT, a party activist, and a believer in what being a democrat stands for.  Last week I received a piece of literature from our municipal chairman, Nick Scutari, regarding his “plans” for ...

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Dear Editor:   I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection. There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people ...

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Dear Editor: Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a pillar of consistency in Union County for the last 20 years, having devoted her life to public service. There is no one more qualified and capable to lead us as our next Union County Democratic Committee Chair. Colleen has mentored, coached and ...

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Dear Editor: In  all the years I’ve known Mayor Colleen Mahr, I’ve found her to be a strong and capable leader, completely dedicated to the needs and success of every municipality in Union County.  As  Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee for the past five years, she's earned ...

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Dear Editor: I’m wishing Chairman Green a speedy recovery and wishing his family well during this difficult time. With the resignation of our fine Chairman due to his health, two candidates are pursuing the Chairmanship. I have a firsthand experience working with both candidates on business ...

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