System has decided:

Zimmerman not guilty

Regarding the George Zimmerman verdict:

How can we have a system of justice that allows a trial by jury, and then has people go out and demonstrate because they do not like the verdict that was handed down?

When I see the press coverage, I see a country that looks as if it does not have a system of justice, a country where people can riot whenever they do not like a decision. This is not justice. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty. Like it or not, this is our system.

Are we going to look like Egypt or other countries in the Middle East?

ROSE SILVERMAN

Margate

Headline blames gun

in Galloway death

Regarding the July 13 headline, "Galloway gun victim left behind 3-year old":

A terrible crime committed by this gun. Has the gun been caught yet? Any leads on where the gun might hang out? Do we know where the gun lives and does it have a record of assaults?

Is the gun a juvenile or an adult? Has the gun been put on a "Be on the lookout" list?

I hope the police make an arrest soon, because we can't have the gun walking around shooting anyone else. We have some guns walking around shooting people here in Millville at times, so I am concerned that the gun from Galloway Township might drive over to Millville and hurt somebody.

JIMMIE HOLLIS

Millville

Ventnor, A.C. roads

in disgraceful shape

Driving down the side streets of Ventnor and Ventnor Heights is like driving through an obstacle course. Driving on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City is worse, especially from Albany Avenue to Iowa Avenue. If you want to get your tires flat and out of line and your motor bouncing around, enjoy your ride.

What a disgrace for casino city. Get with it.

JOHN D'ANGELO JR.

Ventnor

We can help reduce

drug-overdose deaths

The escalating abuse of illegal and prescription drugs is a health crisis reaching epidemic proportions.

The Drug Policy Alliance says drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey. Since 2004, nearly 6,000 residents have died of overdoses. Many of these deaths are preventable.

In May, Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation known as the good Samaritan law. The law protects witnesses and victims who call for help for a drug overdose from prosecution and revocation of parole or probation for possession or use of illegal drugs. By doing so, it removes the fear factor for friends, family members and strangers to call 911 and get help. Many overdoses can be treated with swift medical intervention.

It's critical that we get the word out. Too many lives are at risk. Save a life; don't think twice. In the case of an overdose, call 911 immediately.

JENNIFER VELEZ

Commissioner

N.J. Department of Human Services

Trenton

Supreme Court ruling

goes against nature

Justice Anthony Kennedy proved himself to be not so conservative as he desperately strained to justify ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act and for same-sex marriage. Kennedy's unusual standard of "heightened scrutiny" for a law he deemed an "unusual deviation" from traditional federal treatment of state laws is breathtaking. He obviously wanted to rule in accordance with his ideology. His ruling smacks of the very thing conservatives complain about - liberal activism, subverting the will of the people, rather than adherence to constitutional law.

Whenever we go against nature, as these rulings do, we create problems for ourselves. Such action divides society into two camps, those who arrogantly thumb their nose at nature and those who recognize and accept limitations set by nature. When a large segment of the population, backed by the government, chooses to live contrary to what nature intended - abortion and same-sex marriage - social wars are inevitable.

One need not be religious to take a moral stand against this Supreme Court decision. One need only to have the courage to accept an inconvenient natural truth. If we want peace, we should strive to live in harmony with nature, not contrary to it.

DONALD ACKERMANN

Barnegat

There are worse things

than droopy pants

Regarding the July 9 story, "Wildwood's ban on droopy pants now in effect":

As the parent of two teenage boys, I neither endorse nor condone this trend. But I must ask, what is more offensive, a 200-pound-plus woman poured into a string bikini covered with jailhouse tattoos or the waistband of a kid's boxer shorts? Where is the parity here?

KELLY BOWEN

Margate

Pallone has fought

for senior citizens

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th, is fighting for senior citizens here in Cumberland County and New Jersey. He has been doing so for more than 25 years.

The economic struggles of the past few years have been particularly hard on seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes. In Cumberland County, our seniors lost their county nursing home because it was privatized. Another fear of seniors is that taxes are going to go up again.

Pallone is committed to protecting the programs seniors rely on, such as Medicare and Social Security. Congress created Social Security as a promise to all Americans that they or their loved ones would have a source of income when they retired. Pallone opposes all efforts to privatize Social Security and put seniors at risk.

Pallone believes, as I do, in stopping elderly abuse. He worked to pass the Elder Justice Act in 2010, a law to protect seniors from abuse, whether physical, emotional or financial.

Pallone is running for U.S. Senate in a special primary election. He has been helping our senior citizens here in New Jersey for more than 25 years. That's why I support Pallone.

DAVID W. MAZUR

Vineland