Maintain access

to Longport bridge

Regarding the Jan. 29 letter, "Please don't close Longport bridge":

I agree that if in any way the bridge can remain open with only one lane during the upcoming repairs, it would be beneficial, even if it is only open during daylight hours and the project takes longer. With the bridge's proximity to Shore Medical Center, all efforts should be made to have at least partial access.

The only person who could possibly be pleased with the plans to close the bridge is the owner of the Margate Bridge. Can anyone say cha-ching?

RICK LASCHEID

Ventnor

Use retired officers

to patrol N.J. schools

The best way to protect our school children, teachers and staff in New Jersey would be to put retired law enforcement personnel in schools.

Retired members of law enforcement typically have a minimum of 20 years of training and experience and possess the skill set and tactical training to handle threats of various natures. They are familiar with state laws and policy and procedures, including those that govern our schools, and are licensed to carry a firearm, which requires that they maintain constant proficiency.

Retired law enforcement personnel are trained to see things that the normal eye would not see and have the tactical advantage because of years of training. To utilize these men and women is a win-win for our public schools.

With police departments facing cutbacks, hiring retired officers certainly makes more sense. The cost could be offset or minimized through grant money from the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies. Several schools in New Jersey have already hired retired law enforcement to protect our children, and it appears to have been positive.

Moreover, New Jersey also has a very unique situation in that the air-marshal training center is located at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. The facility houses classrooms and an indoor firing range that could be used as a training facility should additional training be required for retired officers.

HERBERT JAMES

Galloway Township

Press ignored

pro-life march

On Page A3 of the Jan. 27 edition, there was a decent-size article titled "Thousands march on D.C" and a photo. The article is about a pro-gun-control march on Jan. 26. A day earlier, somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 pro-lifers marched in Washington, as they do every year on a weekend near Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. To say that the pro-life march dwarfed the pro-gun control march is an understatement. Why would The Press cover the tiny gun-control march while ignoring the giant pro-life march?

The only explanation is that the former coincides with paper's left-leaning political views, while the latter clashes with them.

I am amazed by such blatant discrimination. This was the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, and in that time 55 million babies have been killed in our nation. Those appalled by the slaughter have been marching every year since the ruling, and those numbers keep growing every year. They deserve coverage just like the left.

LISA A. PALOMEQUE

Ocean City

Immigration reform

will boost economy

What will be the benefits of immigration reform? Most economists, many of them conservative, agree about the overall gains for both the sending and receiving economies.

The federal immigration bureaucracy is also largely paid for by application fees. It is a matter of simple calculation. Multiply a $1,000 minimum fee by 11 million potential applicants, and you get $11 billion, almost a third of the entire $35.5 billion proposed budget for the Department of Homeland Security for the current fiscal year.

Further, the human capital and collateral economic benefits of immigration reform are enormous and incalculable.

The formerly undocumented will now be able to use valid Social Security numbers to open bank accounts, build credit, buy homes, take out loans for small businesses, take out student loans, purchase health insurance, and contribute in so many other ways likely to create an economic boost for the whole economy.

Wages should also increase, as the former underground economy of undocumented labor will finally be able to come out of the shadows. Millions of workers will be able to choose to either join the ranks of unionized labor or otherwise compete in the labor force for better paying jobs. Millions of students will be able to seek higher degrees that will contribute to our economy.

Those who are so concerned about the high cost of passing immigration reform would be well advised to first consider the costs of not doing so.

LUCAS T. NASCIMENTO

Ventnor