Letters to the Editor

June 28, 2018

Dear Tap Into New Brunswick I read your article Protesters Oppose Family Separation Policy at Weekend Rally.  A quote states “This country’s cruel immigration policy is separating children from their families.  But we won’t allow it to continue.”  I too agree that families illegally entering the ...

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Dear TAPInto New Brunswick, As the year comes to a close, I want to offer you my sincere thanks for how you positively impacted my students this year. In their end of year reflections, the students recounted what it meant for them to get their stories published.  Assignments were no longer ...

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With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect ...

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With swallowing disorders affecting 300,000–600,000 people yearly in the United States, and the impact of these disorders on daily life multifaceted and potentially severe, it is critical that all Americans understand the treatment options available to them should they or a and loved one experience ...

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Dear TAPInto New Brunswick: 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 ...

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For more than a decade, my organization, Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), has sounded the steady drumbeat of safe sleep awareness, which in turn has created bans on dangerous products and has helped enact laws that work to ensure babies are sleeping safely. In 2018, KBS kicked off its latest awareness ...

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As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network ...

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As a person with cerebral palsy, a lifelong developmental disability, I appreciate the obvious acknowledgment that people like me are valuable and contributing members to society.  However, I have to question the sincerity of government leaders who claim to be actively supporting the needs of ...

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Dear Editor: In March, we observe World Hearing Day, recognizing that 1 in 5 Americans have some sort of hearing loss. It is certainly alarming, as we watch the next generation of Americans pump up the music on the latest set of wireless ear buds. As audiologists, this is deeply concerning ...

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Dear Editor: In January, the Department of Environmental Protection regained control of the state-owned North Brigantine Natural Area when a long-term management agreement with the city of Brigantine expired. DEP introduced new permitting guidelines which will greatly reduce human disturbance and ...

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Dear Editor: As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen. According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the ...

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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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In Trenton, did you know it’s illegal to throw a bad pickle on the street, or that men in New Jersey are banned from knitting during fishing season? Sure, there are plenty of silly, outdated laws on the books. Here is another wacky one: Supermarket chains in New Jersey are prevented from ...

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One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep. Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family ...

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Even though most of us in New Jersey don’t live near a factory farm, our friends and families in rural America face dangerous threats from Big Agriculture every day. Representative Frank Pallone has an opportunity to help those who are living near these facilities. A bill sneakily advancing ...

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Last month the well-intentioned but problematic Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program turned 10 years old. The goal of the RFS is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below what is emitted by fossil fuel-based gasoline by including biofuels in their formulation. Unfortunately, good intentions have ...

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Medicaid – the safety next for millions of Americans – continues to be under attack. Whether debating healthcare legislation, tax reform or deficit reduction, lawmakers see Medicaid as some magic source of ready-made cost savings. Many don’t seem to understand how intertwined Medicaid is within ...

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A 96-year old patient recently arrived at my office in Monroe and burst into tears, saying her insurance company called to tell her she needed to switch doctors. She brought a letter indicating that I would no longer be in-network for her Medicare Advantage plan with Horizon Blue Cross Blue ...

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Not enough attention has been focused on efforts of some politicians in Washington D.C. to slash Medicaid and how that would gravely affect so many Americans with development disabilities. My daughter, Mary, is 20 years old and lives with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition which has left her ...

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METUCHEN, NJ – Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe endorsed Senator Bob Menendez for re-election, citing the senator’s longtime commitment to fighting on behalf of New Jersey’s families in Washington.             “Senator Menendez has dedicated his career to working for the ...

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NEW JERSEY - When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, one of the public questions on the ballot lets voters decide on the NJ Library Construction Bond Act. If the referendum passes, it will allow the state to issue $125 million in bonds. From the proceeds, grants will be provided to ...

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Dear Friends, Accidents happen. People get sick. It’s important to have health insurance to protect you and your family from racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Chances are, coverage is more affordable than you think.  That’s why I’m emailing you ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - To me, Middlesex County is a place where everyone’s needs are important, and where all our residents should have access to the County services and programs on which they’ve come to depend. I know that as your Freeholder Director, it’s my duty to support our residents, but my ...

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Dear TAPInto New Brunswick, If you are concerned about having clean water and clean air in New Jersey, you should vote YES on Ballot Question Number 2 on Nov. 7. Voting yes on this question is voting to use funds collected from natural-resource damage claims against polluters to fix the damage ...

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Dear TAPInto New Brunswick, On July 29, 2016, one week after my 41st birthday, with no warning, I experienced a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. SCAD is an uncommon heart condition that causes arteries in the heart to tear, leading to a blockage of the artery, and, in my case, a heart ...

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Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,  I'm a thinker-and hopefully not an idealist as much as a pragmatist.  Growing up I thought I wanted to be an engineer, but only later did I realize I was mainly preoccupied in the learning of the concepts, physics, more than the application, engineering, of the ...

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Dear TAPInto New Brunswick: College is expensive. Universities pile on cost after cost with little regard of affordability to students. Unknown charges and fee exist with no way of picking and choosing which aspects of the university you wish to pay for. Tuition, room and board, campus fee, ...

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