Regarding the Sept. 7 story, "Egg Harbor Township Environmental Commission chair resigns":

As an Egg Harbor Township resident for more than 30 years, I am saddened to see a local community activist resign from her post as president of the EHT Environmental Commission because of not being appointed to the recently assembled arboretum committee. Isn't the purpose of the committee to provide direction for the park's future expansion? Then Janis Hetrick is a perfect fit. She spent this past decade soliciting manpower, materials and money ($60,000) for the development of the park. The current facility has a solar-powered irrigation pump house, an open-air pavilion, beautiful indigenous gardens and walking trails. To think she did all of this without taxpayers' money is even more astonishing.

I am sure James "Sonny" McCullough has appointed a number of solid citizens to the newly established arboretum committee, but it is hard for me to imagine that all of them in totality can match the selfless commitment and sweat equity that Hetrick has already put into this project.

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Please, mayor, reconsider your decision and put her on the committee.

The Egg Harbor Township arboretum without Janis Hetrick is like Walden Pond without Henry David Thoreau - or McCullough's Emerald Links without Sonny McCullough.

It just isn't right.

BOB ZENTMEYER

Egg Harbor Township

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