Change makes sense
for handicapped parking
Regarding the June 18 letter, "Proposed parking change another unnecessary law":
Most tickets for illegal parking in handicapped spots are for cars with no handicap tags or placards. To check and see if the placard matches a person's identification, an officer would need to be there when the person is present. A clearly dated mirror tag will make it so much easier.
When a person with a permanent disability passes away, someone could use the tag indefinitely, thus the need for renewal. Just plan ahead for the cost of a doctor's visit every three years to renew your handicapped-parking placard.
In today's world, we must
sacrifice some liberties
Regarding the June 16 letter, "Liberty, once lost, is hard to regain":
As nuclear weapons proliferate, ask yourself: If you were the president and responsible for the security of America and, indirectly, the planet, would you bend the rules to protect everyone?
At the time our Founding Fathers created the documents that protect our civil liberties, the world was a much different place. Nuclear weapons in the possession of terrorists would create enormous damage throughout the world. We must trust our government to do whatever is necessary to prevent a disaster, even if we sacrifice some of our liberties.
Casinos should pay
more of A.C. tax burden
The June 13 article, "Municipal tax rate to increase 22% in Atlantic City," must have shocked city residents. The $584 average increase in property taxes will be a crippling amount for many older and younger Atlantic City residents. This is a result of the total lack of cooperation on this issue between the state and municipal elected officials who seem more intent on personal attacks and payback than the best interests of their constituents.
This tax increase is not a surprise. In fact, it was first foreshadowed four years ago, became predictable three years ago and inevitable two years ago. Everybody knew that the huge reductions in the casino property assessments would force a much greater burden on homeowners. Now we see it's an obscene increase.
I have proposed this before and received no response from our state senator and assemblymen. Considering the longstanding tradition of the New Jersey Legislature recognizing that Atlantic City is a unique municipality and creating special statutes for it, there is a solution. It requires a statute exempting the city from the normal statewide practice of treating residential and commercial property assessments similarly and distributing the tax burden equally between them based on those assessments.
Because Atlantic City has to provide services for the millions of people who visit the casinos, the budget burden should be divided more fairly between the commercial and the residential properties. The difference between the services needed by Atlantic City's 39,000 residents and the services needed to accommodate the commercial/casino interests must be recognized. Once that division is established (and that's what the legislation would provide), then all property owners would pay their share based on a comparison of each property's assessed value to its share of the divided budget.
As a resident of Atlantic City, I demand that the mayor and City Council get together with our state senator and assemblymen and explore this possibility.
I would not like to think that they are allowing this obvious inequity to be visited upon A.C. residents because they are in bed with the commercial/casino interests.
Shame on Christie
for October election
I often vote for Democrats, but I have been very favorably impressed with Gov. Chris Christie and was sure that I would vote for him in November. Now I am terribly disappointed.
Why should $12 million be spent on an election for a new U.S. senator on Oct. 16 when there is an election scheduled Nov. 5, less than a month later? This is a terrible waste of funds that could certainly be put to better use.
Shame on you, governor.
Egg Harbor Township
smeared Iwo Jima vets
Regarding the political cartoon accompanying the June 19 column by Elizabeth Robbins, "Alcohol fuels military sexual assaults":
The cartoon showed a female soldier having her skirt lifted by a group of soldiers. To some, this might pass for humor. But the cartoon used the well-known depiction of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. As a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, this offended me and should offend all who see it - not because of the skirt-raising, but for the use of an image of brave and honorable men who defended all of us.
If the cartoonist wanted to use a military figure, why did he not use Beetle Bailey? This would have gotten his point across without smearing brave men.
I am a firm believer in the right of a free press. But I also expect all of us to be treated with dignity, especially those who served in defense of us all.
PATRICK D. PETERS
Set carbon limits
on power plants
On June 13, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., joined with senators from New York and Connecticut to deliver a letter to President Barack Obama, recounting the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused in New Jersey and calling on the president to set limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
We need more elected officials in New Jersey taking similar actions, and we need Obama to lead in tackling global warming. From Sandy to wildfires in Colorado, millions of Americans continue to be affected by extreme weather events that scientists warn will only grow worse unless we make cuts in the carbon pollution fueling global warming.
I applaud Menendez for speaking out, and I urge Obama to tackle global warming with the urgency it requires, most notably by setting strong limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
Environment New Jersey
Miss New Jersey
should be from N.J.
Pageants are a wonderful opportunity for young women. But my peeve is this: Shouldn't Miss New Jersey have her hometown in New Jersey? Shouldn't Miss Oregon have been born in Oregon to be a representative of Oregon? Get my drift?
I know when the Miss America Pageant started, the contestants were from the state they represented. Since the pageant is returning to its origins, shouldn't its old format return also? In other words, in order to represent a state, you would have to have been born there.
Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum is a very intelligent, talented, articulate and beautiful young woman - but she is not from New Jersey. She should be representing Arkansas, her native state.