to county workers
Regarding the March 13 story, "Atlantic County worker accused of trying to lure boy for sex act":
I found the headline to be a bit unfair to county employees. What one individual does on his own time should not reflect on the hardworking and dedicated public servants who make up the Atlantic County Department of Public Works.
How quickly we forget that when the derecho struck Atlantic County, it was Public Works that removed more than 1,000 trees from streets and roadways.
When Hurrican Sandy struck, Public Works employees left their damaged homes and assisted local towns in their recovery efforts.
When snowstorms hit our region, it is the employees of the Atlantic County Department of Public Works who stay up all night plowing snow so I can get to read my Press of Atlantic City first thing in the morning.
FRANK ALFANO JR.
Van Drew needs support
to push pipeline plan
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, needs public support to help bring a natural-gas pipeline to the B.L. England Generating Station in Upper Township to retain existing jobs and bring additional jobs and construction to the area.
The proposed route passes through the Pine Barrens, and local taxpayers and elected officials have little or no input into decisions involving the pinelands.
In 1980, when the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan was adopted, New Jersey was a growing state. Casinos were opening, small businesses were opening and tourism was very good. People were moving into the state, not out of it.
Now, New Jersey has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, the highest property taxes and high insurance rates. Businesses have gone under or left the state. The tourism economy is hurting.
Thank you, Sen. Van Drew, for your efforts for cleaner air and an economic push for our area.
To casino operators,
employees are numbers
Regarding the March 13 letter, "Before a beach ban, end smoking in casinos":
What the writer might not realize is that the casinos' only concern is their cash drop. Each dealer wears a badge with a number because he or she is only a number.
When that number gets ill, they replace it with another number. If the casinos cared about their dealers, wouldn't managers ask a player holding his cigar right under a dealer's face to please hold it back?
But why would they take a chance on angering the player, when it's only a number that can't breathe?
Store manager refused
to summon ambulance
A friend of mine has worked for a local store for more than 15 years. He went to work one day not feeling well. Halfway through his shift, his manager called me and asked if could I come and pick my friend up.
He was disoriented and dizzy. Management refused to call 911 to summon an ambulance to the store. I went to pick him up, and he clearly needed medical attention. Management still refused to get an ambulance. Is this the way we should treat employees? This is unacceptable.
After his brother got him to the hospital, a doctor reported that he was showing signs of having had a stroke.