Volunteers needed

to protect elderly

I am writing to ask the residents of Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties to stand up for the rights of elderly residents of nursing homes by becoming a volunteer advocate for my office. We have a shortage of volunteers in this area.

As New Jersey's long-term care ombudsman, I oversee an advocacy program that protects the civil and human rights of people over the age of 60 living in nursing homes. We do this mostly through the work of trained, dedicated volunteers whose job is to visit with residents and advocate on their behalf.

Unfortunately, we have very few volunteers assigned to facilities in the southern coastal area. Of the 53 nursing homes in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties, we have just 15 volunteers.

Volunteer advocates, who undergo 32 hours of training before they are assigned to a local facility, have a direct, positive impact on the quality of care in nursing homes.

Later this month, our office will host a training program for local volunteers at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Galloway Township. I urge anyone who is interested in a high-impact volunteer position to call my office at 609-826-5053 to find out more about the program and to register for this training.

JAMES W. McCRACKEN

N.J. Ombudsman for the

Institutionalized Elderly

Trenton

Did Washington police

•eed to shoot Carey?

I suppose it could be argued that Miriam Carey, the woman shot to death last week by police in Washington, was operating a "weapon of mass destruction" - her speeding, erratically moving car.

I suppose it could be argued she was "armed and dangerous," evading the police and striking them with her car. I suppose it could be argued that police had no idea that this woman was mentally unstable with her baby in the back seat.

We will never know the reasons for her behavior. What cannot be argued is that an unarmed black woman was shot and killed before any of these questions could be answered. Bullets ended everything, again.

JULIE POWELL

Dorothy

Why do A.C. jitneys

drive so aggressively?

Regarding the Sept. 24 article, "Assembly looking into jitney safety," about concerns after a fatal jitney crash in West New York:

For 23 years, I've driven from the Atlantic Club Casino to the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and back five days a week. I am always amazed when a jitney is behind me, cuts someone off in the left lane, speeds to pass me, then pulls in front of me and stops to pick up a passenger. Then I have to pull to the left lane, pass him and continue my drive.

If he just stayed behind me, he would have made the same time without any risk. Why all his bobbing and weaving, cutting in and out? It just doesn't make sense.

VINCE SCOTTI

Margate

Questions remain

on Linwood tax lien

Regarding the Sept. 20 article, "Linwood regains lien on Legion Hall," and the Sept. 27 editorial, "Linwood tax sale/Outrageous conflict":

The article and the editorial were excellent as far as they went. But they both left out at least one important detail. What did the city pay Code Enforcement Officer Edward Beck to buy back the tax lien? Did the city pay him more than the $325 he paid for the tax lien plus applicable interest? If so, why - since The Press has called Beck's purchase of that lien an "outrageous conflict"?

A second question is whether Beck checked with anyone in Linwood government before he bought the tax lien to see if his buying that lien might be a problem. As the editorial rightly points out, it is difficult - if not downright impossible, in my opinion - to believe that no one in city government was aware that its own code-enforcement officer had bought the tax lien.

JAY L. HUNDERTMARK

Egg Harbor Township

Change is needed

on Galloway council

I took a moment to go through the past few years of newspaper stories about Galloway Township and was deeply troubled to see the number of times the words "layoff," "lawsuit" or "settlement" appeared.

Sadly, Galloway Township has become the laughingstock for neighboring communities. Higher crime and traffic have come with our reduced number of police. And although taxes have gone up, our township services of bulk-item pickups and fall leaf collections have stopped.

It is now evident to me that the status quo in our township's leadership will no longer suffice. It's time for a clean sweep. That's why I am supporting Democrats Jim McElwee, Bill Montag, Cliff Sudler, and Mike Suleiman for Galloway Township Council.

KEVIN DERMANOSKI

Galloway Township

Reach out to fight

domestic abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Cumberland County has the highest number of domestic-abuse cases in the whole state. Did you know that one in four women are affected by domestic abuse?

As you go about your travels, look around you. Is it the woman in the supermarket line, the woman in the doctor's office, your next-door neighbor, or could it be your mother or sister?

Most domestic-abuse victims hide their abuse due to varying factors such as shame, their children, loss of somewhere to live, deportation, their animals, etc. Domestic abuse affects everyone regardless of gender, race or economic background. In some cases, it does kill.

During this month, please try to reach out to someone you may know who needs help, participate in an event being held this month or wear a simple purple ribbon to remember those who are struggling.

MYRNA DURAND

Founder

Tina's Fund for

Domestic Violence Awareness

Millville