Letters to the Editor

July 13, 2018

It has been an exciting six months since I became Springfield’s newest Committeeman. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve our community. You trusted me to take on the most important issues and provide solutions that work for all Springfield residents. I am working hard to do that. I ...

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As a business owner, one of my key concerns is the continually escalating cost of heath insurance. These costs can cripple a small business and make it very hard for smaller companies to compete with larger corporations for talented employees. Health insurance costs in the United States also put an ...

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I strongly urge all registered Democrats or Unaffiliated to vote for Peter Jacob in the NJ-7 primary on 6/5. Peter has name recognition and the experience running one of the most cost effective congressional campaigns in the U.S. during 2016, an example that he walks the talk to get big money out ...

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To the residents of Springfield: Memorial Day was established in 1868 specifically to honor those who had lost their lives in service to their country in the Civil War. It customarily now honors all our war dead from that date on. The township memorials are located on the green at the Municipal ...

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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 activities, parents do ...

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After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I ...

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Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, ...

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I endorse Goutam Jois for Congress Is white nationalism an acceptable belief or political position?  Of course not.  Is our U.S. congressman, Leonard Lance, a white nationalist?  Of course not.  But has Leonard Lance done enough to stand up to this dark undercurrent in our country?  Frankly, ...

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In November, we have a chance to unseat Leonard Lance, Congressman for the NJ-7 district which includes Springfield. Leonard Lance voted to take away healthcare from his constituents and recently stood by as his party passed a tax plan in which his district became the second most negatively ...

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To the readers of TapInto Springfield, They™ say millennials don't vote. They™ say all we do is ruin the economy and eat Tide pods. But in 2016, millennials voted like crazy, and many of us got involved in politics. I joined my local Democratic party and now serve on my town's Planning Board. I ...

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Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard ...

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As a lifelong Democrat and 20-year Berkeley Heights’ resident, I am very excited about the upcoming November mid-term elections. Leonard Lance, our Republican Congressman, has proven time and again that he is in lock-step with the Trump–Ryan agenda. His recent attempts to portray himself as a ...

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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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Dear Editor: There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) ...

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Dear Editor: As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County ...

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Dear Editor:   I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection. There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people ...

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ENDORSEMENT: Deputy Mayor Erica DuBois & Committeeman Chris Capodice, Springfield Township Committee Mayor Colleen Mahr was the first person I told I was running for Springfield Township Committee, and her first words after hearing this were: “Congratulations! I'll do a fundraiser for ...

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Politicians are notorious for grabbing headlines and taking credit, often boasting about how terrific they are or touting a list of accomplishments. Rarely do politicians admit their mistakes or offer apologies. The Springfield Republican party has had the privilege of three years of leadership ...

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I love playing gaga. I play it at camp and at playgrounds at schools in Millburn and other towns. But I cannot play it at my school (Sandmeier) because there is no gaga pit. In just two days of recess, some friends and I collected over 150 signatures from students  - that's more than half of the ...

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In February 1978 I walked into the office of The Rahway News-Record and Clark Patriot to begin what I thought was to be a short-term job stepping stone.  Instead, it turned out to be a nearly 40-year odyssey in local journalism—including the last eight—overwhelmingly great—years with The ...

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To the Editor:   Over the decades I have learned that there is a simple key to success: Just do what you say you are going to do.  Sounds easy? Yes. But it is a true commodity to find someone that lives this principle every day.  It is even a rarer commodity to find someone in politics who ...

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While I only recently had the opportunity to meet Jill LaZare – the Democratic candidate for Senate in New Jersey's 21st Legislative District – at my front door in Summit and at a rally of the Summit Democrats, I find her tremendous energy and passion impressive, and her key message resonates with ...

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Dear Editor, For years, I could never understand why each October we marked Dyslexia Awareness Month as a federal event, but not a state event. As a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA), I am aware our association has dedicated considerable resources to ...

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The green pathway in the photo represents the proposed pair of Pilgrim Pipelines. In the spirit of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, Pilgrim would transport crude and refined oil back and forth between Albany and Linden, New Jersey.   The pipelines would travel through two EPA Sole ...

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As the Co-Founder of The North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its Executive Director for more 15 years, a current board member of Trinitas Hospital Foundation, a 30-year breast cancer survivor, and a neighbor to many of you, I am writing to ask for your vote for Lacey ...

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Time was, New Jersey residents could at least count on their elected representatives to be good stewards of their funds they paid in taxes:  to maintain their roads, their obligations, and their air and water.  Those times are long gone.  For close to three decades, administrations of all political ...

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In an email sent out by the Springfield Democrat Party on October 13, 2017 at 7:32:47 PM EDT to local Democrats, Chris Capodice makes false accusations against his opponent and openly shows his lack of knowledge of how the Township Committee of Springfield actually works. Normally the ...

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Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather, the exciting race to the World Series, that brings to mind what Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”  The last couple of months I have been observing a new face in politics -- Lacey Rzeszowski, Democratic candidate ...

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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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I am very pleased to endorse my friend, Jill LaZare as she seeks our support to represent us in the New Jersey State Senate. I have known Jill for most of my life and have every confidence in her to be a courageous, tough, capable fighter for change and reform in New Jersey. I was a classmate ...

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