Let's all appreciate

gas-station attendants

Regarding the April 26 letter, "Gas-station attendants should come to driver's side":

I was so upset that anyone in the state of New Jersey would complain about gas-station attendants. If this lady were in any other state, she would have to get out and pump her own gas in all kinds of weather. I am so grateful for this service.

And I open my passenger-side window before I shut my engine off. I would rather the wind and rain blow in that window than on my side. Perhaps the lady who complained should get a car that has the gas cap on the driver's side; then the attendant would be at her window.

She doesn't speak for all old-timers. The attendants who pump my gas have always been very nice, thanking me and telling me to have a nice day.

They offer to wash my front window. I tell them not to bother. I feel they have enough to do for probably only minimum wage.

Look at all the jobs that would be lost in this state if we did not have these hard-working people pumping our gas for us. That's the one reason I like to live in this state. Gas is cheaper here, and we have this great service.

The letter writer should thank these attendants instead of getting irritated. Save them a few steps by rolling down your window, and you will have done a good deed for the day.

I thank these people who, in the hot days of summer or the cold days of winter with freezing hands, pump my gas without complaining.

You are appreciated - especially by me.

HILDA NOTHAFT

Vineland

Skilling should serve

full 24-year sentence

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling could be out of prison in 2017 - more than 10 years early - under a proposed sentencing agreement submitted to a federal judge in Houston last week.

Skilling should spend his entire 24-year sentence in jail. He didn't think twice while manipulating Enron investors and employees, and now he wants to do the same to the judicial system. This just reinforces the distrust that the public has for our judicial system.

Those people worked hard for years, and then this guy did everything he could to take advantage of honest people. Every person who was affected should have to agree to any sentence reduction, not just some judge who lost nothing.

DAVID WESSEL

Galloway Township

Drug dealers deserve

the harshest penalties

Regarding the May 8 editorial, "Tougher heroin sentences?/Treatment is better":

I'm glad The Press agrees with Gov. Chris Christie on the issue of rehabilitation vs. incarceration, but there should be stiffer penalties for heroin dealers.

Dealers like to get customers by giving away free samples to unsuspecting people. These dealers should face the stiffest penalties and tougher laws. Maybe someone should ask addicts what they think. When considering the financial issue pertaining to the incarceration of dealers, one should consider the financial burden an addict has.

I'm no expert on the lifelong side effects of heroin addiction. But I think the effects probably are devastating on an addict's entire life. Laws should be tougher for dope dealers for the sake of the safety of the public. And the cost of incarcerating these pushers will pay off.

We should change laws that allow dealers to plead guilty to simple possession in order to get out of the tougher penalties. Sponsors of any laws regarding drug penalties should think about the dealers' victims.

STEVEN GUNNING

Atlantic City

News media ignore

Orthodox Christians

The May 8 editorial cartoon showing the difference in the way the media treated Tim Tebow's Christianity and Jason Collins' homosexuality told it all.

Orthodox Christians, who number more than 2 million throughout the world, celebrated Pascha (Easter) on May 5 this year, as we follow the Julian calendar. The news media, both print and electronic, did not feel this was newsworthy enough to report. Why?

America provides a place where we can all worship according to our beliefs. However, even today, in many Islamic countries, Christians are being persecuted and are dying to practice their faith. The media should report on these issues, but I guess this is what we get if we want to be political correct.

CHRISANTHY LAMBROPOULOS

Ventnor

A.C. wine event

clearly a success

I attended the Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade on May 5. The event had a few glitches (no portable potties), but nothing monumental. I was surprised that more local people didn't take advantage of it.

I did meet folks from Boston, Baltimore, Wilmington, Long Island and New York City. So I guess based on that fact, the event successfully drew people from other areas. The Atlantic City Alliance should consider doing another one in the fall.

Other than the Further concert, this was the best non-casino event so far this year.

AL JEWITT

Margate

PokerStars deal

bad for Atlantic City

Regarding the May 7 story, "PokerStars sues to save Atlantic Club deal":

It is unfortunate that a legal battle has ensued between the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and PokerStars. However, Atlantic Club continuing its involvement with a company such as PokerStars is an insult to everyone who has applied for a license to work or do business in the casino industry over the last 30 years. This is not the best deal for the city.

PokerStars has faced federal accusations of illegal gambling, money laundering and bank fraud. These allegations should weigh heavily in the decision to issue the firm a casino license.

We all want Atlantic City to emerge from this economic slump. But the new law allowing online gaming must be enacted carefully.

Casino executives, regulators and the courts must proceed cautiously in deciding the next steps for Atlantic City. The best and most productive way to move forward is to first find a more reputable firm than PokerStars.

RALPH R. CAPUTO

Assemblyman, D-Essex

Trenton

Letter inconsiderate

on teen suicide victims

Regarding the May 5 letter, "Parents should know when a child is depressed":

How dare the letter writer.

Four years ago on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon, I received a phone call from the coroner in Philadelphia telling me that my beautiful son was deceased. My son, Michael, lost his battle with himself early that morning and was gone. My world changed that day, and a part of my heart and soul was gone, never to be replaced.

How dare the writer make the assumption that parents of young suicide victims are not being responsible and have not "spent time with their children." His letter was cruel and totally devoid of human feeling.

Losing a child, whatever the circumstances, causes a pain that never goes away. Until the letter writer has experienced that pain, he should keep his heartless opinions to himself.

NANCY SANDMAN

Villas