Women in combat

face different risk

I agree with the writer of the Feb. 7 letter, "Women in combat are too vulnerable."

I do think that modern women could stand their ground in combat, but I agree that the risk of capture is a risk that cannot be taken. Men have always fought to protect their women. I do not believe there is a man who would want to send his mother, wife, daughter or girlfriend into combat knowing the risk of capture is there.

As the letter writer said, you cannot expect our enemies to be of our moral convictions. I hope our elected officials rethink this decision.

WILLIAM LIEPE

Mays Landing

Rezoning proposal

would hinder airport

Regarding the Feb. 8 story, "Galloway golf course owner says 944-home proposal better":

The proposed 944 housing units adjacent to the Atlantic City International Airport will create 944 households objecting to any much-needed and inevitable future expansion of the airport.

The objectors would cost the South Jersey Transportation Authority a great deal of money to defend expansion plans and much precious time in court.

If the application must be granted, then a blanket deed restriction should be placed on the entire tract, noting that the current and future owners understand that they are investing in a home site that is subject to all the negative aspects of being near an airport, and they do not have a right to object to any current or future airport operations. Without that understanding, any housing development must be denied.

ADEO SANTORI

Margate

Parents must monitor

children's cellphones

Regarding the Jan. 23 Associated Press story, "Kids, phones and conduct/One mother goes viral with her set of rules for her son's cellphone":

I am a young adult, not a parent, but Janell Burley Hofmann's list of rules resonates with me. Having rules should be a condition for kids to receive their first cell phones. Parents should take away or check their kid's phone at a certain time every night or every morning. It's not being nosy or intruding - it is a way to have peace of mind and reassurance.

My cousin was given her first phone in the sixth grade. Girls she attended school with sent her mean messages and eventually gave her number out to people my cousin did not know. Luckily my cousin was smart and went right to her parents.

Today's kids are living in the digital age. They see going digital as a way of life. Parents may find it hard to deny their children mobile devices, which are now "must have" items. Since it is not possible to ignore the power and allure of technology, the best solution to the dilemma parents face is to set behavior rules from the outset.

It is also extremely important for parents to act as role models. If parents can't deal with their own digital obsessions, the rules they set will have very little bearing on what their children choose to do in the world of social networks and smartphones.

ELIZABETH KOWALSKY

Bridgewater

New Jersey infringes

on our gun rights

Democrats in the state Assembly now have more than 20 gun bills aimed at you. But the Second Amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I am a retired law-enforcement supervisor who served 25 years with the state Department of Corrections, and I served 43 years with the Army National Guard. For my entire life, I have risked everything to protect the rights of all the people.

In New Jersey, absolutely everything about gun ownership is already banned or requires a permit, an exemption or permission from the state. Having to grovel and jump through hoops to get a permit and wait up to six months for permission, and then still have to submit to the federal background check, is an infringment of our Second Amendment right to most reasonable people.

Now, to us reasonable people, preventing criminals, mental patients, drug-dependent people and illegal aliens from having guns is a good idea. But lying on the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms form to purchase a gun, or possession of a gun or even one round of ammo by a prohibited person, already carries a five-year prison sentence, if it was enforced. But we are not those people. We are the ones who have been obeying the law. If gun laws reduced crime, Chicago and Washington would be safe to visit.

For more than 50 years, New Jersey has chipped away at the Second Amendment without legal consequences. The guns New Jersey has banned are the very guns protected by the Second Amendment. We don't use muskets anymore. We use rifles similar to AR 15s. When seconds count, I would not advise defending your home from a rioting mob with a double-barrel shotgun.

If our right to protect ourselves and our homes, families and communities is taken away, you are not free.

THOMAS BOYLE

Tuckahoe

Mental-health bill

unfair to gun owners

Law-abiding gun owners agree that the mentally ill should not have access to firearms. However, the state Legislature's latest proposal - A3676 - is overkill in the extreme. It presumes that every one of the Garden State's 1 million gun owners are mentally ill and requires them to have a psychological examination and an intrusive home inspection without a warrant in order to keep their firearms.

It puts the exercise of a constitutional right into the hands of unaccountable health professionals and bureaucrats who know nothing about the use and safe storage of firearms, and who will be more concerned about their own potential liability than the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

This is policy-making at its worst and is reminiscent of a police state. It forces gun owners to undergo additional regulatory and financial burdens under penalty of law in order to exercise a constitutional right.

ED MAHER

Cape May Court House

Death with dignity

is already available

Regarding the Feb. 8 story, "Panel OKs legalization of assisted suicide":

You've got to be kidding me. We need a bill for this? Haven't lawmakers heard about hospice programs? They provide all the drugs you need, and your doctor signs off on them.

My brother-in-law had cancer and had all the morphine he needed. My sister signed herself into a hospice home and was basically killed by them when she had enough of her pain. My mother was given morphine by a doctor and died shortly after.

All you have to do is ask if you don't want the person to suffer. Most doctors are sincerely caring, and they know when a patient doesn't have a chance.

ELAINE MANN

Millville