Letters to the Editor

  • Protect America

    By Alec J. Vento
    February 15, 2017

    President Trump has faced viscous opposition for his temporary travel ban over the past couple weeks, and I’ve had just about enough of it. Of course Mr. Trump should’ve implemented ...

  • Will scandals lead to impeachment?

    To the Editor:


    Barack Obama spent eight years in the White House without a single tawdry scandal.

    We’re three weeks into the term of the new Republican President.  Moral ...

  • Republicans are in charge

    Despite failing to receive a popular mandate by almost 3 million votes, the GOP nevertheless controls our national government.  Republicans own the Executive branch, Congress, and very soon, the ...

  • The proposed logging plan for Sparta Mountain is not about Forest Health

    Dear Editor:

    “The proposed logging plan for Sparta Mountain is not about Forest Health”

    Sparta Mountain is classified as a High Conservation Value Forest. One reason for this is the ...

  • The End of an Era and Some Fantasy

    I recently visited one of the last events of the great Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tampa, Florida at the Amalie Arena.  I was struck by the number of Animal Rights people ...

  • Supports Audubon Society Sparta Mountain Plan

    Dear Editor:

    Following a public meeting held last week by well-meaning but misinformed environmental groups, there has been a lot of misinformation put forth about forest stewardship activities on ...

  • Social Change, Work Transformations and Trump

    The articulation of Trump in his Inaugural address astounded many pundits, politicians, and surely the outgoing President himself.  I differed with Trump on every issue during his primary and ...

  • Mr. Trump Goes to Washington

    It has only been but a week or so since Donald Trump become our 45th President, and it would appear as if he has already done more good for our country than President Obama did in 8 years. I ...

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Sparta Councilman Murphy's DWI Charges Still Not Settled After One Year

February 20, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – More than a year after being charged with driving while intoxicated, Sparta Councilman Jerry Murphy has still not had his day in court.

According to the Sparta Municipal Court, Murphy is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday night, February 22 in Hopatcong.  Representative from the Hopatcong Municipal Court did not have any information as to the reason it has taken so long ...

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Sparta Police: Tailgating a Police Car Ends with DWI

February 24, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Rumson woman faces DWI charges after tailgating a police car on February 13.  Sparta Police Officer Taylor May was on patrol on Route 15 around 10 a.m. when he saw a car following him too closely.

May checked and found the registration to be expired.  He stopped Maryellen Cushing, 50 and when speaking with her May suspected Cushing was intoxicated.

Cushing was ...

Protect America

February 15, 2017

President Trump has faced viscous opposition for his temporary travel ban over the past couple weeks, and I’ve had just about enough of it. Of course Mr. Trump should’ve implemented the order in a better fashion, and of course he should have included countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Egypt on the list, but Mr. Trump’s principle of putting America’s security ...

Heavy drinking makes arteries stiff - increasing risk of heart disease

The results of a 25 year study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association looking at alcohol consumption and artery elasticity over 4-5 year intervals found that consistent heavy drinking (more than 4.6 oz of pure alcohol a week) stiffens arteries which increases the risk of heart disease.


The full journal article is at: ...

10 Top Curb Appeal Tips to Improve Your Home

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling your Sussex or Morris County home. A whopping 63 percent of potential home buyers drop by a home they’ve viewed online and found to their liking.* Employ our top 10 curb appeal tips to enhance your home’s exterior, consequently ...

Grieving the Losses caused by Mental Illness

February 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 2, the Sussex County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will meet from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Guest speaker Diane Sebzda from the Karen Ann Quinlan Bereavement Center will discuss the grief and loss family members and friends experience when a loved one has serious and persistent mental illness.  The meeting will be held at Bridgeway, 93 Stickles ...

67 Years After Her Season in Pro Baseball, a Roxbury Grad Gets an Award

February 18, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – Lois “Tommie” Barker, a Roxbury High School graduate who went on to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was honored recently by the Ledgewood-based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Barker, 93, was presented with the DAR’s “Women in American History Award” in recognition of her contribution to ...