Margate library head
deserves high salary
The Feb. 23 story, "Margate library boss pay tops rest," was misleading.
Yes, Margate Library Director James Cahill receives a higher salary than the other "similarly sized" municipalities mentioned in the article. However, Margate is a resort community, and because of the influx of summer residents, the city has an effective population far in excess of its conservative Census population. The utilization of the Margate Library is several times that of non-resort communities of similar size.
In 2013, there were 122,000 visits to our library. This does not count people who requested services via computer. Based only upon usage of the library, Cahill's salary is appropriate - and this does not take into account his innovative service for more than a quarter century.
Margate has one of the pre-eminent libraries in New Jersey, largely due to Cahill's experienced leadership. For example, our library changed to an upgraded software system and then merged our school library system into the Margate Public Library, resulting in significant efficiencies. This was a huge undertaking led by Cahill. This shared service between the school district and public library was the first of its kind in New Jersey and improved our local educational system. The Margate Library is entitled to an award, rather than a critical article.
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New Jersey losing out
on wedding business
New Jersey should be a couple-friendly wedding destination, but it's not. Weddings are big business, and not doing everything that can be done to be wedding-friendly means that New Jersey is missing out.
As a professional wedding officiant, I know that our area attracts a large number of out-of-state couples who want to be married at the Jersey Shore. But in New Jersey, out-of-state couples must apply in the municipality where they intend to be married, and that is the only place they may be married under that license.
In other wedding destination states, such as New York, couples can apply anywhere in the state and use their marriage licenses anywhere in the state. And unlike New Jersey's three-day waiting period, the license is processed before the couple leaves the office. True, New York has a 24-hour waiting period, but the couple is in possession of their license and is not obligated to retrieve it. This attractive feature means a couple living in Philadelphia who wants to be married at Niagara Falls does not have to drive all the way to Niagara Falls to apply and then return to Niagara Falls to pick up the license.
Or consider if there is a hurricane on someone's wedding weekend in Atlantic City, and the event must be canceled. This has happened twice to me in the past three years. Thousands of dollars are lost in payments to venues, DJs, florists and photographers. Once a couple goes through this financial loss, why would they consider returning to New Jersey to get married?
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Christie too vindictive
to be N.J. governor
Chris Christie didn't just want to win last year's election; he wanted to win by a landslide so he could be the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner. Bill Stepien, Christie's campaign manager, developed a dossier of the top 100 mayors in New Jersey for the purposes of doing them favors to gain their endorsements.
The mayors that cooperated received special aid whether they needed it or not, like Belleville Mayor Ray Kimble, who received $6 million in Sandy aid for a senior center two weeks after granting his endorsement. Others who withheld their endorsement experienced problems like Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her swamped city was denied Sandy aid because she didn't support a redevelopment project by the politically connected Rockefeller Group. Former Hunterdon County Prosecutor Ben Barlyn is suing Christie for wrongful termination, alleging he was fired for refusing to drop an indictment against a Christie loyalist.
These are a few examples of Christie getting even with apparent political enemies. It is clear the person who runs our state has little integrity and does not deserve to stay. If he doesn't do the honorable thing and resign, the Legislature should do its duty and remove him to keep him from further disgracing the office.
Low voter turnout
should concern us all
What has happened to our population in New Jersey? Turnout for this last governor's election was less than 38 percent, the lowest since 1920. A mere 2 million out of 5 million registered voters went to the polls.
Gov. Chris Christie got 60 percent of the votes. But how does that small turnout represent our state? How can anyone declare this an overwhelming victory and a mandate? Approximately 1.2 million voters elected a governor to represent the 8.9 million residents in New Jersey.
Elected officials and New Jersey residents should be concerned about why people aren't voting.
sure about warming
Regarding Charles Krauthammer's Feb. 23 column denying climate change, "It is unscientific to talk about 'settled science'":
I would urge readers to go to the American Meteorological Society's website and read that organization's conclusions. The members of the AMS publish peer-reviewed scientific studies. Their conclusions are not ideologically driven. A sample from their statement page:
"Warming of the climate system now is unequivocal, according to many different kinds of evidence. Observations show increases in globally averaged air and ocean temperatures, as well as widespread melting of snow and ice and rising globally averaged sea level. ... Due to natural variability, not every year is warmer than the preceding year globally. Nevertheless, all of the 10 warmest years in the global temperature records up to 2011 have occurred since 1997, with 2005 and 2010 being the warmest two years in more than a century of global records. ... Arctic sea ice extent and volume have been decreasing for the past several decades. Both the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have lost significant amounts of ice. Most of the world's glaciers are in retreat."
Hagel is right to cut
the number of troops
Reducing the size of the military is the correct choice. The programs that need to be cut will be worked out, but in the end the choice to reduce the size is a correct one.
Lawmakers are not worried about the cost of these programs, any more than they are worried about the debt they are putting this country into. They are worried about one thing - how many votes they can collect so they stay in office.
Each one will fight to keep the program that benefits his or her district, no matter if it is needed or not. They have done this for years. The result is trillions of dollars in debt, but they get to stay in office.
The world has changed and so has the need for the current number of troops. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is just doing what should be done, and our elected officials should realize this.