Letters to the Editor

August 6, 2018

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUSSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S PLANS FOR THE MCGUIRE PROPERTY IN NEWTON In talking with people around the county, we have frequently heard the same questions asked.  To better inform people about the project, we have provided answers to the most frequently ...

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. The sentiment has been attributed to Jefferson, who knew a thing or two about how democracies work. Tragically, our democracy appears to be in serious jeopardy. On the world stage, the American President stood shoulder to shoulder with the strong-man ...

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Editor: Outgoing Freeholder Director Jonathan Rose announced on Facebook that Howard Burrell was deemed “not acceptable” by the Sussex County freeholder board to serve as trustee of Sussex County Community College.  Why did the freeholders decide that Dr. Burrell is “not acceptable?" After ...

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Hello Editor,   I have spent considerable time trying to find somewhere on Lake Hopatcong to bring my dog for a swim. What I have found is ridiculous - this lake has approximately 28 miles of shoreline and I found NO PLACE am allowed to bring him.  Am hoping you can make the public aware and ...

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Congratulation to the ladies from Sparta High School who finished first and second in the Chemistry Olympics. I am very pleased to see women succeeding in chemistry. Martin Feil, Newton, NJ Retired Chemist and Chemistry Teacher

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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 Freedom ...

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To the editor:  For this year’s AP project in our English class, we have put together a 2018 Sparta High School time capsule to be opened in 25 years. The capsule, likely to be buried next to the garden behind the school, will contain student testimonies, memes, and other relics of our time.

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On Wednesday, June 13th, a series of gun violence prevention bills were signed into law by Governor Murphy. These bills will strengthen our already strong gun laws in New Jersey and none of these new laws infringe on anyone’s right to keep and bear arms.    Unfortunately, Senator Oroho and ...

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Unfortunately, there was a rush once again in Trenton to “do something” that will not stop violent criminals nor mentally unstable individuals from perpetrating harm, but will infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. Gun ownership is an individual right enshrined in ...

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Project Graduation would like to thank our very generous Sparta Businesses, Families and Community Members. Your commitment sends a positive message to our graduates about substance-free celebrations and the value we place on their achievements and their safety. Thank you to the Businesses in ...

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Whether it is basketball or politics, Congressman Josh Gottheimer has the touch.  He leads both of his GOP rivals, in a district, the 5th, once a GOP stronghold, in funding for his campaign. He is head and shoulders above each GOP candidate with his $3.9 dollars now on hand! Why? One reason is ...

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Dear Editor, The Sparta Education Foundation’s Fourth Annual Dragon Boat Festival drew thousands to the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk on Sunday, May 20.  From the sponsors, participants and schools to the many volunteers and cheering spectators, the Dragon Boat Festival was a true reflection of Sparta ...

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Campaigns are interesting things. Throughout the process, my opponents' supporters have labeled me a "political prostitute", "pimping" a message as a "spokesperson". I've been in a public meeting when referred to as a "lackey" who  "belongs in a cage like the animal you are". It's been ...

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On May 9th Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathon Rose announced formation of the Sussex County Transparency Committee. A committee established to monitor the ethics of County politicians.   Alarming is what was left out of this announcement. Besides naming the dynamic duo Lazzaro and ...

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Dear Editor: My name is Stephen Skellenger, and I’m writing what is my first Letter to the Editor to emphatically endorse Dawn Fantasia and Josh Hertzberg for Sussex County Freeholder. With these two, you are going to get uniquely-qualified individuals who exemplify servant leadership. Josh ...

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Dear Editor, It is with concern that I bring this subject to the attention to all who care and treasure the Presby Memorial Iris Garden, which along with the cherry trees of Branch Brook Park is one of the crown jewels of the Essex County Park System.  This historic garden founded 90 years ago ...

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Dear Editor, Wayne Levante, a self-described moderate, business-friendly mayor of Newton since his appointment 8 months ago, has been mired by one misstep and controversy after another.  From peddling debunked conspiracy theories about student “crisis actors” in the Parkland, Florida mass school ...

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It is getting harder and harder for traditional brick and mortar stores to continue. We have seen the deterioration of Macys, Sears, and Pennys.  I remember working for two Sears’ Stores as a teenager, and remember my first credit card was with JC Pennys, and further remember that the founder John ...

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To the Editor: For seven years, I was the Representative for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-NJ) for the 24th District where I gave testimony on drug Issues  before budget committees in the Assembly and State Senate! Before that I did a drug usage study of High ...

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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 ...

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It was strange to get a phone message at a local movie theater that my house was on fire in Lake Stockholm on Friday. It was thirty years ago that I had a house fire in the same community, but tonight I was at the AMC movie in Rockaway getting a call about my house again being on fire. I arrived in ...

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Dear Editor: We would like to thank the voters of the 24th Legislative District for the trust they have placed in us through our election to the State Legislature.  It was a hard fought campaign and we thank all of those who participated in the electoral process. With the campaigning over, we ...

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I want to thank the voters of Sussex County for coming out to vote in Tuesday’s election and trusting me to be your next Freeholder.  I am honored and humbled to have your support.  Throughout my campaign, I have met so many great people who shared with me their ideas, concerns, and aspirations ...

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Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is “Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results.”  This is so true if residents of District 24 vote the same once again.  Whereas we might not all agree on everything, we do know that Sussex County residents pay  high ...

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Editor: Sparta Township has a community engaged with our rich culture and values supporting our public schools.  Countless children have benefited from this engagement and support for many years.  A great example of our collective interest in our children's educations is the participation in ...

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I’m writing to offer full support of Kylen Anderson for re-election to the Sparta Board of Education.  She has proved herself to be thoughtful in her decision making and a terrific advocate for our schools. In addition, she works well with fellow board members so that they are able to move projects ...

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In the upcoming election in Sussex County, my family and I are supporting Steve Oroho, Parker Space, and Hal Wirths. Senator Oroho is the foremost expert in finances and budgets in the state legislature. He knows that for the state to prosper, elected officials must work with both business and ...

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Dear Editor, I have seen a number of letters on Sparta Mountain recently, and indeed I have written a few in the last few years.  I have literally lived below Sparta Mountain, since 1953, and camped hiked, and even spent some time in vacant Boy Scout Cabins up there.  The lake that I live on or ...

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Dear Editor: I have learned that the Democrat candidates for the state legislature in Legislative District 24 have called my Fair School Funding plan a “sham” and that it would run afoul of the state constitution. I strongly disagree with their uninformed opinion. Here are the facts. Under ...

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Dear Editor: 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 ...

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