will be open, ready
Regarding the July 26 story, "Medical marijuana CEO expects failure":
I want to thank The Press for visiting our facility in Egg Harbor Township. I thought the content of the article about our charitable foundation and operations was correct. The headline, however, did cause concern from both patients and doctors who are counting on us to open.
We received more than 50 calls the day the story ran, asking about it. We want everyone to know that we will open in September with enough medicine to serve all currently registered patients in all of New Jersey.
Any perceived negative comments that I made were directed at the law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine and the initial regulations, which should now be reopened for public comment and revisions. It is four years later and upwards of 50,000 patients are still waiting for medicine.
WILLIAM J. THOMAS
Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc.
Egg Harbor Township
Is Atlantic City ready
for Miss America?
Remember in 1964 when Atlantic City hosted the Democratic National Convention?
There was a media blitz that the city was not prepared for.
Members of the media destroyed the hotels, saying the rooms were in deplorable condition. They were on target. More than half of the hotel rooms were in terrible condition.
Atlantic City never recovered from this bad publicity. From that summer on, the economy of the city slowly deteriorated until the arrival of casinos in 1979.
Is this going to happen again? With the return of Miss America, we will see a media blitz that will far surpass what occurred in 1964. I hope the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority and the city public relations office are getting prepared.
CURTIS H. KUGEL
Change tax structure
for Atlantic City casinos
The method used to assess the value of Atlantic City casino hotels must be changed. Properties that cost hundreds of millions to build have changed hands for less than $50 million. Casinos have won tax appeals, and the city has lost millions in ratables and has had to raise the tax rate 22 percent.
I propose that casinos should be assessed at not less than 60 percent of original cost, plus improvements, minus accumulated depreciation, regardless of sales price. This should stabilize the tax rate, make the city more attractive to developers and facilitate the sale of Bader Field.
Finally, I think property owners in New Jersey who vote in national elections in other states should be allowed to vote in New Jersey local elections. That would include 3,000-4,000 people in Atlantic City.
Keep age restriction
on Blue Heron East
Ole Hansen, who is planning a housing project on the Blue Heron Pines East golf course, wants to eliminate the age restriction and modify the development to accommodate 189 affordable housing units. The project would include a total of 944 housing units - 632 single family units and 312 multifamily townhouse units. The planning board of Galloway Township should not vote for this because of the tax impact.
Such a project will create an increase in the school population by 4,000 students or more, meaning more police, fire and tax liabilities. The people of Galloway should vote on this, not the politicians who are influenced by these big builders.
This property could be used to bring in businesses or an industrial park, not more affordable housing, condos and townhouses, which the township has enough of.
Galloway needs business ratables. This project will increase taxes, not decrease them. The age restriction should stay in place.
Education can cure
poverty and violence
As a 12-year-old, I see all the violence in our world tearing us apart. Why is it so difficult for people in society to get along?
The lack of education causes poverty and violence. It's really quite simple. The solution is in the message of Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old girl Pakistani girl who was shot in the head for wanting woman to have an education. She is a voice we all should be listening to.
"Let us pick up our books and pens, and let them become our most powerful weapons," she implores. Bringing an end to poverty and violence really is as simple as picking up a pen.
to laws, their own safety
Regarding the July 21 editorial, "Stopping for pedestrians /Confusion, danger":
This is an excellent and timely editorial and so true. This summer has been worse than ever. It appears that pedestrians are oblivious to the laws. We have bicycle riders who continue riding the wrong way on a one-way street and the individuals who prefer jaywalking rather than crossing at a traffic light.
You hit it right on the head. Beachgoers are of special concern. They seem to believe they automatically have the right of way no matter the circumstance.
I sure hope readers heed your advice. It would be a blessing for all concerned.