Romney promises

more pollution

Mitt Romney talks a lot about how much he cares for his family and how, with his business experience, he will lower unemployment in this country. He also says he will rid us of our dependency on foreign oil since "we have all the energy we need right under our feet."

Does this mean more offshore drilling? More fracking for gas? More coal burning? Romney criticizes the efficacy and the expense of clean energy. How expensive are oil spills? At least President Barack Obama is making an attempt in the right direction. I would rather bet on efforts that offer hope than on the continued pollution of our planet.

What good is a job or any kind of health care plan if you can't breathe our air or drink our water?

MARIE TOMLINSON

Ocean City

Signers of no-tax pledge

forsaking middle class

How did Grover Norquist became so powerful that 238 members of the House and 41 members of the Senate have signed his pledge not to ever raise taxes? Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have signed the pledge. What hold does Norquist have on these signers? He was not elected or appointed to any post. Who is he?

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said the No. 1 objective of the Republican Party was to make sure President Barack Obama was a one-term president, is Norquist's righthand man.

They do not have middle-class interests at heart.

WILLIAM VAN SCIVER

Somers Point

LoBiondo is committed

to South Jersey veterans

Lately, I have seen many letters attacking Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, over his commitment to the South Jersey veterans community. These attacks are ridiculous, but the issues are certainly not.

LoBiondo has always supported military pay increases, most recently a 1.6 percent raise. He supported increases in Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense budgets, and he supported a $35 million increase for post-traumatic stress syndrome and suicide prevention, two problems that have affected veterans of all wars.

Just as important is LoBiondo's record right here in our community. How about the $25 million to renovate the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home? Or the new VA clinic in Northfield and access to local dialysis treatment? On several occasions, he has helped veterans get treated in area hospitals on a "fee basis." Copays for veterans' health care, prescriptions and Tricare have also been a priority for LoBiondo.

Can the VA's delivery of health care and the processing of claims, etc., be better? Most certainly. But let's put the nonsense aside and look at the facts.

BILL BUTLER

Commander

American Legion Post 352

Somers Point

Obama's failed record

makes case for change

In 2008, Barack Obama promised to reduce unemployment and reform health care. In 2012, to downplay his poor economic record, he attempts to distract the American people with his confident smiling manner, family image and constant repetition of distorted facts and finger-pointing at others for creating his problems. Obama's mantra of "Forward" means taxing the rich more. He sees America moving forward into the redistribution of wealth.

Is our economy better than four years ago? No. The national debt is at $16 trillion and growing, and Obama will let it go higher. The public is aware that we are at a debt level from which we and future generations may never recover. Are we to just go over the cliff? Are we to follow in the footsteps of the weakened social democracies in Europe?

Are our personal liberties protected? No. Freedom of religion is under attack as Catholic institutions are being forced to conform to new health care mandates or be heavily fined and maybe shut down because of their beliefs. What happened to the Constitution and Bill of Rights each president swears to uphold?

Do we have a solid foreign policy? No. Our allies are insulted. The president returned an Oval Office bust of Winston Churchill to England. He snubs the prime minister of Israel, and he offered only a weak response and confusing explanations for the recent attack and death of three Americans at our consulate in Libya. Our image as world leader is being tarnished.

Think carefully when you vote. Let us remain a strong republic and a beacon of hope, liberty and opportunity for all.

GAIL ZONA

Absecon

Prosperity depends

on electing Romney

One key fact that has been underemphasized in coverage of the election is that our current president has had four years to dig us out of the economic slump and has not done so.

In fact, President Barack Obama's "spend now, pay later" policies have worsened the recession. Obama has brought us ever-increasing debt and sky-high unemployment.

Mitt Romney has spent his life in business. He understands that the road to recovery is to unleash the spirit of American free enterprise. Only by lowering taxes and removing unnecessary regulations can we recover the prosperity and opportunity that should be the birthright of every American. Romney is the right choice for our nation.

MICHAEL STEVENS

Atlantic City

Prosperity depends

on electing Obama

Four years ago, America faced its greatest economic crisis in generations. Employment was plummeting, and a second Great Depression appeared possible.

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America's middle class. This hasn't always been easy, but we are moving in the right direction. We now have steady job growth, and recovery is under way.

Now Mitt Romney proposes a return to the Bush-era policies of cutting taxes for millionaires and giving freer reign to Wall Street. That's what led us into this mess. This didn't work before, and it won't work now. I urge your readers to vote for Barack Obama.

ANDREW MILLS

Atlantic City

Address homelessness

in the 2nd District

On behalf of the many concerned residents in the 2nd Congressional District, I would urge both Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo and Democratic challenger Cassandra Shober to focus on the expensive problem of homelessness.

Studies have shown that it is a far more cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars to house the most vulnerable homeless people in permanent, supportive housing, rather than have them languish in a cycle of emergency systems, such as emergency rooms, detox centers and jails.

They should visit a permanent, supportive development, so they could see firsthand the innovative work being done to help the lives of their fellow residents of the district.

STEVEN CLAYTON

Field Mobilizer

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Ocean Township