Letters to the Editor

January 12, 2019

Dear Editor: New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not ...

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The recent letter to the editor (January 4, 2019) by Messrs. Spurr and Kane, on behalf of the Republican Party, is replete with errors and omissions. Let’s look at the actual facts.   They wrote: “Unchecked spending has ... led to unsustainable growth at nearly every level of government.” In ...

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Dear Friends & Neighbors, Last night your Summit Republicans were pleased to join a standing room only crowd to mark the annual reorganization of city government and State of the City address. Most notably outgoing Ward 2 Councilwoman Mary Ogden was recognized with a standing ovation, her ...

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Dear Friends, As 2018 comes to a close, so does my third year on Council. This will be my sixth semi-annual report to you about what has occurred on Council and on what issues I anticipate we will be confronting. Due to the City’s new social media policy, let me begin with the disclaimer that I ...

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It was a tremendous honor on December 3 to induct the largest, most impressive Hall of Fame class in NJSIAA history. This stellar, 16-member group entering the NJSIAA Gallagher/Bollinger Hall of Fame includes an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Heisman Trophy winner, a Cy Young Award winner, a NCAA ...

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Dear Neighbor,  If you or a family member has a medical emergency, we respond to your call for assistance, at any time and in any weather.  Now, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad needs your help.  Last year we assisted over 2,200 Summit residents and visitors in need. As the EMS agency ...

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Those citizens among us, who might dismiss Trump’s two year stretch of hate as run-of-the-mill partisan politics, will carry the same stain of previous American generations who have fallen prey to right wing extremism. The president’s campaign, transition, inauguration, charities and how his ...

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Hi all, I’m a junior at SHS and thought it might be interesting to have a student’s perspective of everything going on. Parents, teachers, and the town council have all spoken out but I wanted to offer my two cents as well. Hopefully this will help reassure you that the overwhelming majority of ...

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When Summit Area Indivisible was formed in early part of 2017, we made it a clear priority to represent inclusion and diversity.  We stated what we were for (maintaining the US as the beacon of opportunity, stability, force for humanitarian efforts and peace.  We stand for inclusion) and what we ...

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Statement Regarding Hate Symbols in Summit Schools Recently there were three incidents of swastikas and hate symbols  drawn in the bathrooms at the Lawton C. Johnson Middle School and Summit High School. We as civic and faith leaders in this community publicly, and without reservation, ...

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Universal Public Full Day Kindergarten (“FDK”), as  the proposal goes to the Operations Committee of the Summit Board of Education (“BOE”), is not yet ready for prime time, if it ever will be.  The pedagogical issue, which the Educational Committee of the BOE overlooked, is whether Summit is ...

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On Thursday, November 15, I lost my cell phone—and the process of its return says a lot about Summit.  The phone must have fallen out of my purse or pocket as I walked from a meeting to my parked car on Springfield, around 10:00 in the morning. A passer-by must have found the phone and ...

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In a community like Summit, a storm like yesterday’s can bring out the best in us. Our first responders were heroic. Our DPW was tireless. The stories of neighbors helping neighbors are heart-warming. However, if we want to minimize the impact of powerful storms in the future, we also have to be ...

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While the Summit Police Department and Division of Public Works make extensive preparations before every storm, the intensity of the storm between 1:30PM and 4PM was unanticipated for the northeastern New Jersey region. Sidewalks and parking decks were prepped for snow and freezing rain but plows ...

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While an overwhelming majority of towns in New Jersey, including leading towns, such as Millburn, Princeton and Ridgewood, incorporate tax-payer funded full-day kindergarten (FDK) into their public school budgets, Summit has been hesitant to join them. Why should Summit tax-payers make this ...

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On November 6, Summit residents will have the opportunity to re-elect Council President David Naidu (Ward 1) and elect Greg Vartan (Ward 2) to Common Council. These gentlemen are smart, hardworking and principled men who will continue the tradition of honor and respect that prevails at Summit’s ...

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In today’s divisive political climate, it is important to understand that we all need to work together, whatever our political differences. As such, I think it is fortunate that we have some really great Republican candidates to consider on Tuesday.   Summit is fortunate to have Bob Hugin ...

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I recently received two startling pieces of mail— attack ads focused on the Democratic Ward 2 candidate, Greg Vartan. I had hoped that our town would be above the political fray; that in a year when political tribalism seems to outweigh common sense, that our local candidates would focus on the ...

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One of the most hotly contested elections in New Jersey is right around the corner, Tuesday, November 6. Both sides of the aisle have been busy sending out literature, canvassing neighborhoods, phone banking, having postcard parties, and following up with voters to ensure that they get to the ...

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Vote for Senator Bob Menendez on Tuesday for his proven voting record on issues important to New Jersey and our country. Menendez is a Democrat who helped draft Obamacare and the Superstorm Sandy bill and who has worked for years to enact a responsible immigration policy, among other progressive ...

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Republican Candidates for Summit Common Council, John Dougherty (Ward 1) and Lou DeSocio (Ward 2) bring two unique sets of skills that would strengthen the effectiveness of that body. Lou DeSocio, Chair of the Drug Awareness Committee, works to raise awareness of youth drug addiction. Addiction ...

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I’ve heard that in local politics, you vote for a person rather than a party. If that’s true, then Greg Vartan should win everyone’s vote for Ward 2 Council. His active engagement in making Summit the best it can be is carried out with thoughtfulness, energy and a genuine concern for addressing ...

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Summit Neighbors, If you haven't been paying attention to the New Jersey Senate race, now is the time. Polls show Marine veteran, job creator and my friend, Summit resident Bob Hugin in a statistical dead heat with Bob Menendez. I have known Bob for years, our families attend the same church ...

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We are not a family whose lawn is filled with campaign signs. If you look, there is only one that adorns our lawn, and it is for the same candidate that we proudly supported in 2015, our current Council President and Ward 1 Councilman David Naidu. We have known David and his family for almost 10 ...

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The latest accusation of negative campaigning leveled by Summit's Democratic leadership is really nothing unexpected. After all we are in the final stretch of the election season when your opponents typically try one last time to mount the moral high ground by decrying unparalleled incivility and ...

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It has become almost trite to observe that we're in a politically divisive period, but I had thought local politics could remain on higher ground here in Summit. I'm dismayed to see this has not been the case in recent weeks, as I observe tactics that are going above and beyond the typical sign ...

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With the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad in the midst of its Annual Fund Drive, I am moved to express my deep gratitude for the organization and all of the incredible volunteers, both current and past. The emergency and transport services the squad provides to our community—at no charge—are ...

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I will be voting to re-elect David Naidu for the Ward I Common Council seat this November and I urge you to do the same. David has been our Council President for the past year and I have seen firsthand all of the wonderful things he does for our community. At every turn, he displays fiscal ...

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Greg Vartan has the skills, character, and judgment to represent Summit as a member of Common Council. I have known Greg through his involvement on the Summit Recycling Advisory Committee and as Planning Board liaison to the Environmental Commission. In both of these settings, I have had the ...

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I have worked with David Naidu on the Planning Board for over six years. During those years, I have observed David during the Master Plan re-examination process, zoning changes, and complex and sometimes contentious variance applications. During our work together David has consistently shown that ...

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