Letters to the Editor

May 28, 2018

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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As a resident for the past 5 years I have made known my concerns to the council and Mayor. Last year was the first time they did something about an issue with high grass in my neighborhood.  It took 4 years to get something done. Now in year 5 the grass is 2 feet high. The answer is give us a call ...

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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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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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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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Don’t Complain; Vote! It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a ...

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It is clear from headlines that child abuse and neglect is a nationwide tragedy – and the impacts reverberate to us all. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we would like to take the opportunity to bring awareness to this issue. Approximately 702,000 incidents of child maltreatment are ...

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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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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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On Sunday, April 29, 2018, volunteers from the American Cancer Society will be joining forces with residents of New Jersey AND their dogs to take steps toward a common goal: the elimination of suffering caused by cancer. “Bark For Life of Central NJ” is a brand new event that will take place at ...

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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) chair. There is ...

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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 stepped in to help ...

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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 Democratic ...

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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, Mayor Mahr is ...

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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 “boss” ...

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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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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 the County ...

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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 supported countless ...

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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 and personal ...

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The Roselle Park Democratic Committee and I are pleased to give our full support to Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, to be our next Union County Democratic Committee Chair. Our future as a party county-wide is bright because she will bring her tremendous work ethic, knowledge, and experience to the ...

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An alarming number of fires have marked the start of 2018.  Families have been displaced, structures have been destroyed, and tragically, people have died. Multiple fires plagued Newark the first week of January. The largest started in an abandoned building and quickly spread to encompass a ...

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As a 100-year-old, independent, private, and voluntary non-profit association serving the needs of 435 public and non-public high schools and nearly 300,000 student athletes, we have an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting education-based interscholastic athletics. At our core, we are ...

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As a retired Army Officer with over 21 years of honorable active duty military service and two tours in Iraq, I know and understand what mission accomplishment is and how to achieve it. I still live by the Army values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal ...

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I still remember his name was Nick and he was only 18-years old. He had been shot several times in the abdomen. He was one of the hundreds of gunshot victims that I would treat as a trauma nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Despite our best efforts, Nick would not survive; his ...

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Over the decades I have learned that there is a simple key to success: Just do what you say you are going to do.  Sounds easy? Yes. But it is a true commodity to find someone that lives this principle every day.  It is even a rarer commodity to find someone in politics who abides by this ...

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While I only recently had the opportunity to meet Jill LaZare – the Democratic candidate for Senate in New Jersey's 21st Legislative District – at my front door in Summit and at a rally of the Summit Democrats, I find her tremendous energy and passion impressive, and her key message resonates with ...

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Time was, New Jersey residents could at least count on their elected representatives to be good stewards of their funds they paid in taxes:  to maintain their roads, their obligations, and their air and water.  Those times are long gone.  For close to three decades, administrations of all political ...

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As a New Jersey resident and strong supporter of our local library, I urge all New Jersey citizens to vote “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ.  Libraries are increasingly becoming the social hubs of our communities.This act ...

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For years, I could never understand why each October we marked Dyslexia Awareness Month as a federal event, but not a state event.   As a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA), I am aware our association has dedicated considerable resources to educating our elected ...

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I am very pleased to endorse my friend, Jill LaZare as she seeks our support to represent us in the New Jersey State Senate. I have known Jill for most of my life and have every confidence in her to be a courageous, tough, capable fighter for change and reform in New Jersey. I was a classmate ...

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