Letters to the Editor

September 19, 2018

Dear Editor: On September 12, 2018, the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC), which contains residents, downtown business, and downtown property owners, unanimously endorsed the Tier 1, Phase 1 downtown redevelopment plan and recommended it for Township Council approval. For ...

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Dear Editor: During the Scotch Plains Town Council meeting on August 8, one of the issues that was discussed by the mayor was that of affordable housing. Mayor Smith discussed that the amount of affordable housing required to be built in our town was too high, and our amount also reflected ...

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Dear Editor: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It is a time to share resources in an effort to shed light on this highly stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals to one another to promote a ...

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Dear Editor: 1. Save Watchung Reservation (SWR) recognizes that the deer population needs to be managed and is not opposed to methods that reduce the deer population in a reasonable and humane way. 2. The 2018-2019 union county deer management program proposal is a radical increase in the ...

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Dear Editor: Last week, I shared a letter from the Mayors Coalition regarding the Raritan Valley Line (RVL), but today I want to talk about why that is important to every Fanwood resident, not just commuters. More than a year ago, I reached out to mayors on the Raritan Valley Line about ...

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Dear Editor: The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) is holding a special public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at Scotch Plains Town Hall (430 Park Ave) in the Town Council Chambers to review and discuss the Tier 1, Phase 1 Downtown Redevelopment ...

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Dear Editor: The Roxbury School District passed resolutions to close their schools during Election Day for the safety of their students, and how they think that all other schools within New Jersey should do the same.   I think that it is not necessary to close schools on Election Day, and ...

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Dear Editor: Washington’s heated rhetoric and constant attempts to sabotage health care coverage is causing uncertainty these days for far too many families. It’s not right, so here in New Jersey we are fighting back and taking a stand for quality health care coverage. Under Governor Phil ...

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Dear Editor: When Union County Manager Al Faella, of Mountainside, retired in March of this year there was waiting in the wings an heir apparent ready to step into Faella’s shoes. A Woodbridge resident, Ed Oatman, was hired to work in the County Manager’s office as a part-time seasonal ...

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Written Testimony Before the New Jersey General Assembly Housing and Community Development Hearing on the Affordable Housing Needs of the State July 25, 2018 By Alexander M. Smith, Mayor, Scotch Plains Chairman Wimberly, Vice Chairwoman Chaparro, and distinguished members of the Assembly ...

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Dear Editor: 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 ...

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Dear Editor: There will be a public hearing in Trenton concerning the affordable housing process on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State House Annex (131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608) in Committee Room 16 on the 4th floor. This hearing is hosted by the ...

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Dear Editor: Recently Mayor Al Smith of Scotch Plains joined the chorus of ordinary suburban New Jersey voices  who are deeply concerned about NJ overdevelopment in the guise of affordable housing.  Prominent names like Asm. Jon Bramnick, Asw. Holly Schepisi and NJ101.5 radio host Bill ...

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Dear Editor: The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow. In a 2017 report ...

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