Area clearly needs

•ew gas pipeline

The writer of the March 31 letter, "Pipeline explosion could destroy Pinelands," tells of 4,000 households being without heat when a Canadian pipeline exploded this winter. It seems to me that her example makes a strong argument for a new pipeline into our area. Should our single pipeline fail, many thousands of homes and businesses would be without natural gas.

She also speaks of another Canadian pipeline exploding and burning 200 acres of woodlands. I checked out this incident on the Internet and learned that just 2 hectares were burned (about 5 acres). The Pine Barrens contain 1.1 million acres.

Another anti-pipeline writer reports a North Dakota oil pipeline spilling 34,000 gallons of crude. What has an oil spill to do with a natural gas pipeline?

My only interest in arguing for the proposed gas pipeline is that my home depends on natural gas - my heat, hot water and gas range. Without natural gas as a fuel supply, the closing of the B. L. England generating plant could very well mean much higher rates for our electricity. A short March 19 article in The Press reported that "a lack of pipelines into New England is making natural gas costlier, pushing up wholesale electricity prices in the region by 55 percent last year."

Please support this pipeline. We all need it.



Biosolids unsafe

as crop fertilizers

Many people know about organic farming and organic foods, but most people do not know about biosolids - a subcategory of fertilizer composed of recycled wastewater sewage.

Even though biosolids are treated and recycled, they still include heavy metals, toxic chemicals and pathogens. The repeated application of biosolids can pose potential hazards to the health of crops, farmers and the environment.

The reason biosolids remain invisible to the public eye is due to a lack of proper labeling and information. The biosolid lobby has had a strong influence in politics, which allows it to avoid proper labeling.

Rutgers University Professor Julie Fagan and a group of student researchers, including me, are assisting in the spread of useful information regarding the application of biosolids and educating farmers on how biosolids affect us and the environment. We urge farmers to do a little research into what compounds they are applying to their land.



Potholes mar

Margate streets

Welcome to Margate - million-dollar homes, great restaurants, the beach, the bay, boats. There's just one small problem - many streets look like land mines exploded under them. Drive Monroe Avenue from Pacific Avenue to Amherst, and you encounter potholes, bumps and botched street repairs. It's an obstacle course second to none.



Why sully Pleasantville

with methadone clinic?

Pleasantville has begun demolishing buildings on Main Street to make room for the first phase of its redevelopment project, which has been discussed in detail for the last few years. Since it was not a secret that the city was engaged in the process of reinvigorating itself, why must it fight for the right to govern itself?

If I am trying to better myself and eliminate negative behavior in my vicinity and then you try to force me to embrace negativity, what you are telling me is you have no desire to see me in a better state.

County Executive Dennis Levinson talks about moving a methadone clinic to Pleasantville because it is a more appropriate location than Atlantic City's Tourism District and says that it's not about the money. Appropriate for whom?

If a tourist would not want to see that kind of climate, why would you think the residents of Pleasantville would want to bring this climate into our backyard?

Why is Levinson trying to dump garbage in a well that we are trying to get a clean drink of water out of?



Peace in Mideast

an impossible task

To demonstrate the seriousness of his intent, Secretary of State John Kerry set a nine-month timetable for a Mideast peace agreement to be reached. The problem won't be because Kerry did not try hard enough. But has it ever occurred to anyone that he is just another person in a long line of diplomats who have tried but failed to get either side to agree to anything? This story is like a broken record.

They talk about wanting to do this or that, and over the last how many years they have agreed to basically nothing. There comes a point when you walk away, which the United States should do now and let both sides settle whatever differences they have with each other.

No matter how involved the U.S. is, unless the two sides are willing to find a solution, it just becomes nothing but another story in the newspaper. It's the same as the two political parties in America saying they are serious about the deficit. Nothing gets done, we get deeper in debt, and we continue to say we're serious. No were not. If we were, we wouldn't be in debt. The old saying, "Actions speak louder than words," is so true in both of these instances.


Galloway Township

Taxpayers bear costs

of BVT properties

The March 29 article, "Down and out on the White Horse Pike," describes a situation similar to one in Buena Vista Township, where it's also apparent that just having traffic on our Route 40 corridor hasn't transformed Richland Village into a destination. A crucial difference is that the township, not private enterprise, owns many of the languishing properties.

For 10 years Chuck Chiarello, our former and current mayor, unsuccessfully proposed a railroad-themed village in Richland, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for engineering and architectural plans and to purchase deteriorating properties. Most are still empty, although over his objections a few recently were sold.

Incentives he offered to prospective renters were seldom successful; the few properties now rented are rented at below-market rates, with the township responsible for utilities, maintenance and repairs.

We're still paying for the bonds issued to cover their acquisition, although our debt was substantially lowered by a payment from the surplus accumulated during the administration of Mayor Sue Barber. While we are not alone in having vacant properties, where we may be unique is that the residents of Buena Vista Township, not the private sector, are bearing the costs.