Voice of the People, June 17, 2019 | Your View


Extend N.J. smoking bans to flooring of A.C. casinos

Today’s world may be very complicated. Simple legal guidelines ought to be made merely and for good causes. Laws are made for the security and welfare of people, however not in the circumstances of second-hand smoke.

The firstclass of residents helped have been state employees 30 or 40 years in the past, after they have been granted their work locations to be smoke-free. The second class was the bar and restaurant employees and patrons so they may get pleasure from food and drinks in a wholesome surroundings. The irony is that the third class occurs to be the seagulls and the crabs on the seashores the place smoking is not allowed by legislation.

All of this leads me to the fourth class and backside of the chain, which occurs to be on line casino employees that don’t even have the luxurious of these gulls and crabs. Are we not cared about? Do individuals suppose now we have households or family members that don’t care about our security, well being and well-being? Are others apathetic about the needs and desires of on line casino employees?

Gov. Phil Murphy, who’s doing a lot for the residents of New Jersey, ought to do the identical for us — no extra and no much less.

Regarding the latest letter, “Stand with Democrats against President Trump:”

Well, the whole lot the letter author stated about one of America’s all-time best presidents is unfaithful. Sadly, that is simply one other instance of a misinformed Democrat who follows an illogical and senseless crowd.

Impressive speaker at veterans program

We have been attending the annual Veterans Memorial Program at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery for a number of years. This is actually a beautiful and touching ceremony honoring our fallen heroes.

This yr we have been particularly impressed by the keynote speaker, retired Air Force Gen. Mark Loeben, of Galloway Township. His speech gave us the true which means of Memorial Day. The heart-warming tribute he gave veterans was exceptional. The standing ovation was a tribute to how nicely his message was obtained.

More individuals ought to attend this occasion. It requires solely an hour of their time to honor those that gave their lives for a lifetime.

Credit Mayor Gillian, O.C. for veterans ceremony

My spouse, Marie Hayes, and I have been honored to attend the annual Ocean City Memorial Day ceremony at the Tabernacle. As all the time, it was a really inspirational and transferring occasion for the group. We have been impressed to listen to the many names of these from Ocean City who gave their lives in protection of freedom. As a former U.S. Navy officer, it made me proud to see the packed auditorium of the Tabernacle for this occasion. Mayor Gillian and Ocean City deserve credit score for sponsoring such a fantastic ceremony.

National anthem ought to be performed earlier than video games

My son and I just lately attended our third Blackjacks Arena soccer recreation. I used to be dissatisfied that the nationwide anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” wasn’t sung or performed with musical accompaniment previous to the begin at any of the video games. As a veteran, I’m past dissatisfied, particularly on Memorial Day weekend.

We have been seated three rows behind former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. I shunned asking him his ideas concerning not enjoying the nationwide anthem, however I didn’t wish to put him on the protection, as his forte is offense.

Hope presidents can keep away from taking U.S. into scorching struggle

In these instances of traditional difficulties, I do expertise occasional miserable moments with respect to the seemingly excessive polarization of the social and financial views of many of my fellow Americans. It appears there’s stubbornness and an absent sense of compromise by politicians.

My most reassuring feeling of solace, it dawned on me, is that I wanted to take a look at the historical past of the United States and the excellent presidents who led us by way of troublesome instances. I bear in mind George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who, every in their very own method, birthed an impartial America, destined for excellent human accomplishments. I bear in mind Abraham Lincoln who, amazingly, efficiently guided us by way of the Civil War that tore America aside and from which the United States continues to be therapeutic 160 years later. I bear in mind the steadfast Franklin Roosevelt who guided us by way of the Great Depression and World War II, which threatened world democracy.

On a private degree, I bear in mind John Kennedy in the 1960s, who resolved my nervousness about the menace of nuclear obliteration, and one way or the other guided us again to security, which I didn’t totally admire till lengthy after he was out of workplace.

More than ever, I look upon the president as the chief of this democratic nation. I hope that the subsequent nice president won’t must commit the individuals of this nice nation to a scorching struggle as the others have needed to.

U.S. Constitution protects towards kinds of dictatorship

The most harmful factor we might do as a nation could be to abolish the Electoral College.

It was included in the U.S. Constitution partially to guard the nation from a dictatorship. It ensures that each one states have a voice in the electoral course of. If not for the Electoral College, we’d have a president who would finally signify the pursuits of extra populated states and other people residing in much less populated states could be out of luck.

The Electoral College, like the Second Amendment (the proper to bear arms) was to guard us from a kind of dictatorship. If everybody would have a look at the international locations the place there’s a dictatorship, these are international locations the place residents will not be allowed to personal a gun to guard themselves from their very own authorities.

Shutting vitality plant was progress

Regarding the latest letter, “Blame environmentalists for shutting power plant”:

I discovered this letter was laughable. The author calls it “another win for eco-nuts.” I agree the loss of employment at the plant is unhappy, however I hope these individuals might be absorbed into different jobs at R.C. Cape May Holdings.

My house is in a direct line of the plant on south breezes. I used to be fascinated about the letter as I scrubbed the coal emissions from my home and porch rails for the final time. I used to be fascinated about the shortsightedness of the author, as now we will lastly sleep with the home windows open. Plant emissions when it nonetheless burned coal have been many tons yearly of ammonia, particulates, carbon dioxide, hydrogen chloride, methane, nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide.

The author additionally stated environmentalists block progress for the majority of residents however doesn’t clarify how. Shutting down the plant, which sought to transform to burning pure gasoline to provide electrical energy, was progress. Burning coal shouldn’t be progress.

Hero McCain saved Obamacare

On this previous Memorial Day, I used to be reflecting on the braveness of household and associates who’ve served and sacrificed as members of the navy. For some motive, the late Sen. John McCain got here to thoughts.

I not often agreed politically with the senator, a conservative Republican all the way down to his socks, however admired and revered him. Here was a man, a POW for over 5 years, who refused to simply accept an early launch provided by North Vietnam as a result of his father was an admiral. Here was a man who once more went together with his rules and opposite to the needs of his celebration, saved Obamacare well being advantages for thousands and thousands. That’s a hero.

Mexico should stop permitting unlawful passage into US

As the United States and Mexico battle to discover a compromise to unravel the never-ending movement of immigrants crossing into the United States, has anybody thought of an alternate?

The majority of immigrants are coming from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Mexico is permitting them to cross the border of Guatemala and Belize as they proceed their journey to the United States. Does one suppose that the Mexican authorities would permit this to occur if their vacation spot was Mexico and never the United States?

The unlawful immigration drawback into the United States could possibly be alleviated if Mexico wouldn’t let these individuals enter their nation. The Mexico-Guatemala border is roughly 541 miles. The Mexico-Belize border is 160 miles.

The Mexican authorities ought to discover a strategy to safe its southern borders of Guatemala and Belize and put a halt to the movement of unlawful immigration into the United States.

More state applications wanted in combat towards most cancers

This yr in New Jersey, 53,000 persons are anticipated to be identified with most cancers. Unfortunately, 16,000 will die from the illness. We can and have an ethical crucial to do one thing about it by bringing these numbers down.

That’s why I, along with different volunteers, just lately visited the ninth Legislative District workplaces of Sen. Christopher Connors and Assembly members DiAnne Gove and Brian Rumpf, to ask them to make the combat towards most cancers a high precedence this session. Specifically, assist is required for: New Jersey’s Tobacco Control Program funding; funding for the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research; funding for the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program; a cigarette tax improve; and palliative care laws if we wish to scale back the burden of most cancers on the state, its communities, and households and associates.

As a long-term most cancers volunteer, I’ve seen the devastating toll this illness can tackle an individual. I’ve watched it have an effect on my household, associates and family members. Knowing now we have the alternative to stop this from taking place to others is empowering. However, that data comes with an important accountability to behave.

By supporting these applications, we’d see fewer most cancers diagnoses and deaths in the state.

It is attention-grabbing that some ladies in Margate blame progressives whereas some Judeo-Christians on this nation are attacking synagogues, attacking black individuals, making life for gays tougher, combating to bar younger ladies who’re raped from entry to abortions, separating undocumented immigrant households and supporting President Trump, who I think about the most immoral president in historical past.

Left claims males are poisonous to justify its agenda

There’s a deliberate ongoing marketing campaign by the left, with an enormous help from militant feminists, to emasculate males — in different phrases make males much less manly. They’ve invented a brand new phrase to supposedly justify their agenda: “toxic masculinity.” They declare poisonous masculinity is a serious trigger of cultural issues reminiscent of racism, ladies held again in enterprise, divorce leading to one-parent households, struggle, you title it. And invariably, it’s the white, Anglo-Saxon, protestant male primarily responsible.

Neither males nor ladies are good, however I guess the guys on the market didn’t know simply what unhealthy individuals they’re in spite of opening doorways for his or her ladies, lifting heavy packages for his or her wives, holding two jobs to place meals on the desk and a roof overhead, and attempting laborious to be an excellent dad as finest as they know the way.

As far as struggle is worried, what man desires to die? But generally an enemy forces one to combat. I can’t assist surprise the place the nation — and the world — could be at the moment if that Greatest Generation (together with ladies however primarily males) hadn’t been self-sacrificing sufficient, courageous sufficient and, sure, masculine sufficient to combat and defend this nation and its individuals in World War II. Would we see swastikas flying from each pole and everybody required to bow to the Rising Sun?

In at the moment’s social-engineering environment, pushed by the left for political functions, when are we going to insurgent and simply let ladies be ladies and men be males as nature meant?

Founders referenced faith in Declaration of Independence

Regarding the latest commentary by Annie Laurie Gaylor, “National Day of Prayer and the U.S. Constitution have been hijacked”:

The author claims that the U.S. Constitution is a secular doc, however presents no proof or the place she obtained her data.

God is energetic in the world now. He shouldn’t be on the sidelines watching what males do.

In mild of this reality in 1776, expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the apparent query is why didn’t the Constitution use comparable language simply 11 years later in 1787. The Constitution is a realistic textual content that solutions the “how” questions. It is meant merely to present the construction of how the authorities is to function. The Declaration of Independence solutions a “why” questions.

Article 7 of the Constitution does point out God: “Done in convention … in the year of our Lord.”

The Declaration of Independence 5 instances mentions the God of the Bible. The U.S. Constitution ensures the freedom to follow the Christian faith unimpeded.

Reading historical past and what the Founding Fathers have been speaking about let’s us be taught from them what’s true and factual.

Liberty can not final except individuals be taught its value

We are a grateful nation that enjoys its liberty as a result of tons of of 1000’s of patriots gave their lives in protection of this liberty, all the method again earlier than the battle of Bunker Hill.

A Medal of Honor recipient was requested to touch upon how nicely at the moment’s citizenry measures up in duplicating and sustaining the qualities mandatory to take care of this liberty. His reply referred us to a cycle: Tyranny brings about revolution, which in flip supplies freedom, which over a interval of time can produce an excessive amount of freedom when not monitored correctly, thus inflicting the completion of the cycle again to tyranny.

Think about it. British tyranny again in previous Boston led us as an oppressed inhabitants to protest in lethal revolution. Revolution, when profitable, results in a level of freedom. If this freedom is nurtured correctly by educating a nation’s populace with true info and the value of sustaining this freedom, a nation can abstain from experiencing a state of an excessive amount of freedom. Too a lot freedom, which we’re experiencing at the moment, will finally full the cycle and lead us again to tyranny.

Education curriculum at the moment is void of the nurturing data essential to keep away from this cycle being accomplished. A compulsory full examine of United States historical past together with an all-grades examine of metropolis, state and federal civics would assist construct an informed basis. At current, two or extra generations have little or no concept what American liberty value. The reality is that liberty and freedom will not be free.

We just lately celebrated the D-Day achievements throughout World War II. We should additionally acknowledge the loss of life in addition to the value of its destruction. It’s time that we right the ignorance of these truths to insure a free future for all.

Pleasantville faculty board spending with out getting outcomes

Regarding latest tales regarding Pleasantville faculties and its Board of Education. Business Administrator Elisha Tompkins advises the faculty boards they need to spend the cash the state sends Pleasantville School District or they won’t preserve receiving the cash. Last yr between retirees and terminations, 70 positions have been alleged to be eradicated. Did they ever observe by way of with that plan? Eliminating that many positions recommend that perhaps that they had over-hired.

Now with this yr’s price range they’re combating to save lots of 11 positions. Of course a rise would have an effect on the metropolis’s taxpayers. In 2016 or 2017, as I recall, the state despatched Pleasantville faculties a further $three million. The response from the faculty board was they didn’t know the way they’d spend it, however they’d spend it. (Lesson discovered from Tompkins.) A portion of the cash was spent on sending workers to a weight-loss program. What does this contribute to schooling? It’s simply spend, spend, spend and so they hope they see outcomes.

Independent espresso store sorely missed in A.C.

Hayday, what I think about the flagship of the Orange Loop and Atlantic City’s solely impartial espresso store, is closing and hasn’t introduced even a tentative plan to reopen. It appears that each one the “important people” in the room are staying constructive and can proceed to work on different tasks in and round the Orange Loop (they’re larger individuals than I, for positive).

However, this “un-important” observer and caramel latte drinker is offended and unhappy that my favourite espresso store is closing so one other enterprise can relocate. I hope sooner or later to get pleasure from extra espresso and dialog at a future location of what’s going to in any other case be a sorely missed institution.

Can’t respect a president who isn’t respectful again

Regarding the latest letter, “Harassment by Democrats is juvenile, harmful to US”:

I discovered it incomprehensible that the author is accusing Democrats of harassing President Trump when now we have a person who holds the highest energy in the land, that frequently bullies and calls individuals names, like a 5 yr previous child. That’s what I name grade-school conduct. The particular person (or individuals) who’re getting harassed are the American individuals.

And sure, I used to be additionally instructed to respect whoever is elected president, however I can’t respect an individual, irrespective of who they’re, who doesn’t respect me again. If it was the determination of the American individuals by way of the Electoral College vote, then I can’t work out why he misplaced the in style vote by practically three million votes.

Hope U.S.-Iran disagreement doesn’t result in warfare

President Trump throughout his personal profession as a supervisor of a enterprise empire had many disagreements with different companies and organizations. When there was no resolution to the satisfaction of each events, a authorized battle typically resulted. Lawyers carrying fancy fits, armed with briefcases and paper, dueled verbally on courtroom flooring.

Now as president, Trump has as soon as once more develop into embroiled in controversy, solely this time it’s with different nations, some of which oppose the United States and all it stands for. They are international locations, like ours, with nationwide pleasure. I hope the president might be glad with the outcome of his withdrawal from the settlement with Iran.

If not, then it could be troopers suited in armor carrying deadly weapons taking pictures to maim or kill reasonably than being maimed or killed on international soil.

Congress clearly can select to research President Trump

A latest political cartoon stated, “If we could say Trump hadn’t NOT committed a crime, we couldn’t say so.” Ha, ha, ha … the dreaded triple unfavorable! Oh, the Mueller report is so complicated.

Actually, it’s not complicated in any respect; or, in case you favor, I can not not say it’s not complicated in any respect.

Of course, Mueller really used the single unfavorable, “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president had not committed obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Any confusion would possibly come from his previous assertion sitting president can’t be indicted or prosecuted as a result of, per the Office of Legal Counsel’s discovering, it might “impermissibly undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.” What’s extra, it might be unfair to evaluate him responsible with out prosecuting him as a result of it then denies him the alternative to defend himself in a speedy trial. Finally, making a judgment with out prosecuting would preempt the Congress’s constitutional oversight operate.

So it’s impermissible to cost a sitting president in any occasion; nevertheless it could be permissible to exonerate him if the proof doesn’t point out crime has been dedicated. Sadly, in the opinion of the particular counsel, the proof didn’t exonerate President Trump and additional motion was as much as Congress.

Can’t learn the whole 448 web page Mueller report? At least learn the two web page introduction to Volume II. It clearly explains the counsel’s causes for not making a “traditional prosecutorial decision,” and the place the accountability for justice now lies. I believe it’s with Congress, not with Attorney General William Barr or former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Congress can select to train its oversight duties, or just not examine any attainable legal conduct for political benefit.

No collusion, no obstruction? How about no confusion, no exoneration.

NY/NJ Baykeeper grows oysters at Navy pier

Regarding the latest Press editorial, “DEP caution with oyster ventures benefits public, shellfish industry”:

I learn with curiosity the newspaper’s opinion piece. It stated, “The story had a happy ending when environmental groups started experimenting with growing oysters in bags off the side of the nearby Earle Naval Weapons Station pier that extends far into the bay and is secured round the clock by heavily armed patrol boats. In 2016, rows of oysters were planted near the pier as a shoreline stabilization project.”

NY/NJ Baykeeper, of which I’m communications director, was and nonetheless is the solely environmental group rising oysters at Naval Weapons Station Earle.

The mission of NY/NJ Baykeeper is to guard, protect and restore the ecological integrity and productiveness of the New York-New Jersey harbor estuary.

Acceptance of ending lives a slippery slope for society

As the nation and maybe the U.S. Supreme Court obsess over the risk of overturning Roe v. Wade, it appears necessary to mirror on some historic info –particularly the views of Margaret Sanger, who’s credited with creating Planned Parenthood. The present brouhaha over the closing of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion clinic and the latest passage of abortion restriction legal guidelines in some states have exacerbated the professional and con rhetoric.

Sanger was an early proponent of knowledgeable contraception for the non-wealthy ladies of the world. The wealthy had the gadgets, strategies and coverings accessible to them for a while. Being the daughter of a mom (who died at age 49) who had 18 pregnancies and 11 births, Sanger acknowledged that contraception strategies have been legally prevented from being accessible to the lots and she or he sought to treatment this. Although a staunch advocate of delivery prevention, she discovered abortion to be anathema to her. She believed that contraception was a panacea for the well being and monetary well-being of the inhabitants. While she later considerably endorsed pseudo-eugenics by way of sterilization of sure people, this view was additionally shared by others. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote a majority opinion ruling state statute allowing obligatory sterilization didn’t essentially violate the 14th Amendment’s Due Process clause.

Some declare Sanger did promote abortion in circumstances to save lots of the mom’s life, however to not cavalierly extinguish a residing being.

Of course, Sanger’s marketing campaign for efficient contraception was initiated lengthy earlier than the availability of contraception tablets and different strategies. It’s ironic that the populace is so riled up over the abortion problem regardless of the common availability of so many contraception strategies — although rape must be addressed. As the case of abortion physician Kermit Gosnell (convicted of 1st diploma homicide) has proven, the termination of the life of any residing human organism is a really slippery slope — which might result in acceptance of euthanasia in different circumstances. Society can simply succumb to being detached to the wrongheadedness of the ending of a life, if we proceed to disregard the rights of any residing being — as evinced by a beating coronary heart.

Three pillars blocking automobiles and vans from getting into the Boardwalk at Hartford Avenue have been just lately put in by Atlantic City.

Where the cement meets the Boardwalk, the grade is simply too steep. I’ve witnessed somebody in a scooter get caught taking place this ramp as a result of they have been afraid they’d take a header.

This is a particular hazard to scooter- and wheelchair-bound individuals, together with households carting their youngsters and belongings to the seaside. Others on bikes and strolling may be harmed.

The metropolis ought to rectify this.

Most NJ counties woudn’t assist legalizing marijuana

Suppose we put leisure marijuana up for a statewide vote. Would it’s legalized? Well, I’m fairly positive that it might be accepted in a statewide vote with the liberal lots in North Jersey supporting it.

But what would occur if we used Electoral College-style voting by counties?

Would we show that our Founding Fathers knew what they have been doing to inhibit the lots in the large cities from taking management of nationwide elections?

Unfortunately, as a result of New Jersey is such a darkish blue state, we might show the Founding Fathers proper however we’d not be capable to show them unsuitable.



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