Letters to the Editor

Preserve All Types of Morris County Historical Structures, Not Just Non-Religious Buildings

3d1adfd24c5365b115d5_5b0969680de0a2b560de_letter_to_the_editor.jpg
3d1adfd24c5365b115d5_5b0969680de0a2b560de_letter_to_the_editor.jpg

Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon’s proposed resolution to bar preservation money for any religious structure would jeopardize future generations from enjoying all types of historical structures instead of only non-religious buildings.

We can look at virtually any constitution (Federal or State) as well as any legislation and interpret it many ways.  When interpreting these documents literally, or at the extreme edges, we run the risk of undermining their intent. I believe the officers of the Morris County Historic Trust Fund have been very responsible in striking the appropriate balance in awarding grants to religious institutions. The practice has been only to award grants for exterior preservation recognizing the historical significance. No monies are available to support the institutions’ “program”. There has not been an effort to undercut the legitimate separation of church and state by this program.

In addition, as the front page Daily Record story of Friday, Jan. 16 correctly points out, many of these institutions do not have the resources to address the costly maintenance issues of these 100+ year old structures. If they disappear over time, society as a whole loses a huge contribution to social services: soup kitchens, housing the homeless, allowing charities to function in their facility, etc. The unintended cost would be another burden placed on government to provide these services. As we are all aware, many of these government programs have sustained significant cuts placing greater burdens on the institutions that would be threatened by this legislation.

Sign Up for E-News

Bottom line- this proposal is shortsighted, extreme, and harmful to Morris County citizens. I hope many concerned citizens will join me in attending Wednesday night’s (Jan. 28) Freeholder meeting and tell our representatives to vote this proposal down.

 

John Garrison

Mountain Lakes, NJ

 

Note from the Editor: Since this Letter to the Editor was published, it appears that Freeholder Lyon is withdrawing his proposal to elimate funding to churches for historic preservation projects. See the story here.  However, it remains on the agenda for discussion at the Freeholders meeting on Jan. 28.

 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3f9e1d46bda413aee0fe_pyramid_mountain_sign_watermark

Sun, May 27, 2:00 PM

Pyramid Mountain, Montville Township

Woodland Tree Walk: Moderate

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_aa295fc6005d625aee04_mini_magick20180507-110570-11z5yr6

Mon, May 28

Montville Township, Montville

Memorial Day

Giving Back

Tue, May 29, 10:00 AM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Storytime

Education

Carousel_image_e0e7d0a5a9b140835150_trinity_christian_school_students_commemorate_veterans_day_2016__2018_tapinto_montville

Wed, May 30, 11:00 AM

Montville Township Community Park - VFW Post 5481, Montville

Memorial Day Commemoration by VFW

Giving Back

Carousel_image_06425c221f5dc443409d_mini_magick20180507-110605-14u7w3

Thu, May 31, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Montville "U": Leonard Bernstein: America’s ...

Education

Butterfly Bonanza Flies to Pyramid Mountain June 9

May 26, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ. On Saturday, June 9, from 12 - 4 p.m., celebrate the beauty and importance of New Jersey’s butterflies and other pollinators at the annual Butterfly Bonanza at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville Township.

Butterfly Bonanza is packed with excitement, entertainment, and education for all ages. Enjoy a guided ‘Bug Safari’ tour of ...

1000+ Luminaries Glowed for Inclusion Throughout Montville Twp on 3rd Annual OneMontville Green In Day

May 23, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - On Friday, May 18, OneMontville, a non-profit in Montville Township, New Jersey dedicated to raising awareness for Acceptance, Respect and Kindness, hosted the 3rd Annual Green In Day. Elected officials, township employees, students, teachers, business owners and others wore green in support of the organization's mission to promote inclusion for all residents.

In ...

Cedar Hill 5th Grader Gets Pied for a Purpose

May 20, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Joe Signorella, a fifth grader at Cedar Hill Elementary School in Towaco, wanted to come up with a great idea for his Treps marketplace booth. Treps is an afterschool program that teaches the students how to run a business: advertising, pricing, financing. But first you have to come up with your product or service.

Joe had some ideas, like selling soccer balls since he ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

Tour of Somerville Weekend: Quarter-Mile Sprints Add High-Speed Dynamic

May 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The grand daddy of ‘em  all, the 75-year-old Tour of Somerville 50-mile bicycle race, anchors a weekend of world class cycling in Bound Brook and downtown Somerville May 24-28, with a new event added Sunday night to draw more spectators downtown.

Spectators this year will see an additional day of racing beginning with the Bound Brook Criterium on ...

Butterfly Bonanza Flies to Pyramid Mountain June 9

May 26, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ. On Saturday, June 9, from 12 - 4 p.m., celebrate the beauty and importance of New Jersey’s butterflies and other pollinators at the annual Butterfly Bonanza at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville Township.

Butterfly Bonanza is packed with excitement, entertainment, and education for all ages. Enjoy a guided ‘Bug Safari’ tour of ...

Columns

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend 5/26-5/27 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties this weekend.

SATURDAY, MAY 26: 

  From 12 - 2 p.m.

  136 Changebridge, Unit B6, Montville

  Click HERE to see the full listing.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 27:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  16 Schneider Lane, Montville

  Click HERE to see the full listing.

 

OPEN HOUSES this weekend 5/19-5/20 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties this weekend.

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018:

  From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  44 Union Street, C0008, Montclair

  Click HERE to see Full Listing.

  

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  9 Condit Road, Mountain Lakes

   Click HERE to see Full ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

Pet Corner