Galloway needs

more businesses

The website NJSpotlight.com recently ran a story on Census data about daytime populations in New Jersey - that is, the number of people living in a town versus the average population of people in the town due to work, leisure, etc.

While Galloway Township's residential population is roughly 37,000, our daytime population is less than 30,000. Furthermore, only 22 percent of Galloway residents work in the town. While many of our residents work in the casino and tourism industries, there are still many who are forced to find work in other areas because of the lack of jobs and development in Galloway.

We need to promote Galloway by creating an aggressive marketing campaign to attract quality jobs and investment into the town. With our great schools, proximity to Atlantic City and Philadelphia, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, we need to do a better job of encouraging businesses to start or grow in Galloway.

We also need to make our town more business-friendly to attract developers. We need to consider tax incentives for businesses that will bring good-paying jobs to Galloway residents and streamline the permitting process so businesses can start building and growing.

Galloway Township works best when Galloway Township is working.

MICHAEL SULEIMAN

Galloway Township

Michael Suleiman is a Democratic candidate for Galloway Township Council.

More parkway exits

•eeded in Upper Township

We should seriously think about the impact of the closing of the Beesleys Point Bridge. Exit 20 of the Garden State Parkway and access in Marmora is horribly congested and dangerous for motorists. Our legislators should arrange for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to create new parkway interchanges in Beesleys Point and Seaville so motorists can more easily access the only north-south highway from Atlantic County to Cape May County.

BOB MARSHALL

Linwood

No one, including blacks,

should use the N-word

Wouldn't this be a great teachable moment? Wouldn't it be great if some of the more distinguished African Americans (Michelle Obama, for example) chose to use the Paula Deen story to come out and say what has not been said? It is not OK for anyone to use the "N-word."

I am confused why the other races and ethnic groups that have risen through their American journey have not typically used racial or religious epithets hurled at them in the way the African American celebrities have. Is it not time that this word gets removed from the lexicon by everyone?

Deen has been vilified, rightfully so. But I'm just hoping that this moment will be seized by the leaders in the African American community to speak up for their dignity.

JOHN REGINA

Northfield

Doesn't Deen get

a second chance?

So now it's Paula Deen's turn. In our era of racial intolerance and political correctness, the previously successful businesswoman has been chastised and has lost lucrative sponsorships for using the N-word, the Holy Grail of all hurtful utterances.

But shame on these companies. To dismiss a person for disclosing that she used a certain word, one she probably heard as a youngster, is an example of injustice in itself.

In our land of second chances, where is Paula Deen's, especially after her numerous heartfelt, remorseful explanations of the insensitive remark?

Perhaps the Coors Beverage Co., for the sake of political correctness, should dismiss the rapper Ice Cube, known for using the N-word in his lyrics, from its Coors Light commercials.

On a brighter note, some enterprises have promised to continue doing business with the embattled chef. And kudos to Rev. Jesse Jackson for supporting her, noting that Deen should not just be a "sacrificial lamb" for all those who feel violated by this issue.

In today's society, as suggested by Leonard Pitts Jr. in his June 18 column, "No explaining away offensive team names," many people of color liberally use the N-word as a sign of endearment or empowerment.

Ponder this question: Where would the public stand on this point of discussion if Paula Deen were a black chef?

ROB SMITH

Galloway Township

Supreme Court ignored

the will of the people

Regarding the recent Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8:

On a court of nine judges, five of them (majority rules) voted to overturn the voice of the people. The people of California voiced their desire with their votes on Proposition 8 - but five judges overruled their decision.

The current system allows a total of nine judges to overrule, disregard or eliminate the power of "we, the people." Something is wrong with this picture.

It is a very sad day in America when the will of the people is no longer the guiding light of the nation. Something in our system of checks and balances has gone awry.

The power of the people is now systematically being transferred into the hands of a small group of powerful people who will make the decisions for all. From birth to death, decisions are being made by a powerful minority that affects the majority. This must change.

We need to contact our federal and state representatives to voice our concerns regarding this shift of power. Let our representatives again reflect the will of the majority and the foundations of our Constitution.

It's time to return the power to "we, the people."

RICHARD F. MYERS

Millville