Letters to the Editor

May 31, 2020

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the ...

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I was very disturbed the other day when I saw the mayor and a few VFW members participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony in Sparta,  not wearing masks or distancing themselves.  I would love to know their mind set.  The scientists, mental health specialists, and many governors have all agreed that ...

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On March 13, 2020, teaching and learning, as I knew it, changed forever.  Students were given the day “off” on this, Friday, the 13th, and teachers feverishly prepared for two weeks of work- although, I believe they all knew it would be much longer… and here we are.   I am not ...

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Like many holidays, Mother’s Day has an iconic gift – flowers.  What better way to pay homage and express your appreciation to someone in your life who is a mother – either your own mom, the mother of your children, or just any mother who means a lot to you – than to ...

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Jay Webber, R-Morris, et al. (Assembly Republicans) in Assembly Resolution # 151  glibly assert that NJ parks were closed “purely on anecdote, without sufficient data.”  What homework did you do in the 2 weeks before Gov. Murphy closed NJ parks?  Obviously, none. While working from home (after ...

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The Governor’s request and stand not to open parks is indeed a serious one.  Sure, Sussex County has a lesser population than many other counties like Bergen, which is in the midst of the epidemic with many casualties and bereavement, but on a per capita basis our County is in the same ...

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To the Editor, How refreshing to see an article about people coming together to do something productive in our struggle with the coronavirus instead of another article (published by other news outlets) politizing this tragedy.  Pointing fingers and accusing politicians of all stripes of ...

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For the past week and a half, my family has been quarantined in our house with the “clinical diagnosis” of COVID-19. Have we been officially tested? No. Why? We live in Sussex County. Our doctor determined that my husband and I have the virus after a virtual appointment on March 27. Naturally, this ...

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If there ever was clear evidence of how dysfunctional Congress has become, it is now.  Unfortunately, our own Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill has quickly become a part of the problem and not the solution she promised to be. At a time when we all need significant support from our leaders, the ...

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Letter to the Editor... Yesterday, I spoke with dear friends in Liverpool, England, Nora and Jed Addy.  Their community in Woolton Woods started a special custom during this coronavirus pandemic...putting a lighted candle in their front window each evening from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to show their ...

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Dear Congressman Gottheimer, When will Sussex and Warren County residents receive test kits? Why are we always the last counties to receive assistance? And why are community testing sites now being allowed to restrict testing only to those people living in that county? William Paterson is the ...

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A notice to all Sparta High School Senior Parents: The email you received on Thursday, March 26th, regarding Graduation Lawn Signs has an error in the mailing address information.  However, the attached flyer contains the correct address. Thus, please use the address on the attached flyer when ...

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The Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry urgently needs donations to meet increasing demand. Please remember your neighbors in need when you shop for your families. Demand is up.  During the coronavirus event, Sparta Kiwanis members are no longer able to continue monthly collections at Stop & ...

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Dear Editor: There is circulating online in Sparta a petition to require Mayor Murphy to resign. Anyone who circulated that petition or signed it doesn't know the facts. On February 13, 2016, Jerry Murphy was stopped by the Sparta Police. He was required to exit his vehicle and do balance ...

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It seems someone got to criticize me on a full page in an area Newspaper. I forget his name,but Greg Gorman, of the Sierra Club,  wrote a brilliant piece to dispel the errors. Not to long ago, one of the largest youth-led demonstrations in history, called the Global Climate Strike in September ...

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We think the residents of Sparta deserve some answers regarding our current mayor’s situation.  Mayor Jerard Murphy was stopped on February 13, 2016 and charged with DWI.  Despite having a BAC of .13%, well above the .08% limit, the DWI charges were dropped.  The police stop was captured on police ...

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