Give Obama credit
for new plan in Syria
I am astounded by the constant dialogue about President Barack Obama's supposed vacillation and uncertainty about the situation in Syria. Enough. The world is more complex than ever, and the Middle East the most complex. It is 50 shades of gray - good and bad leaders, good and bad rebels, citizens who want to just live their lives, and citizens who feel strongly about initiating change or about maintaining the status quo.
We face a danger greater than ever before. Many players are driven by emotion, not reason. Weapons are more readily available and in the hands of many with differing agendas. The president's balancing act should be the envy of anyone who has walked in those shoes.
Obama drew a red line and did not back down. Most believe that Secretary of State John Kerry's comment that the only way to prevent U.S. intervention was for Bashar al-Assad to relinquish all chemical weapons was rhetorical and worked in our favor by happenstance. Clearly, Kerry was reinforcing the president's position, and our leaders averted an attack that could have caused more American deaths and the deaths of innocent Syrian citizens.
The president's hard line supported by Kerry's assertion led to an incredible result. Vladimir Putin took the prospect of our intervention seriously enough to reign in Assad.
Yes, we are negotiating with a terrorist. No, we don't know what the outcome will be. But what have we gained and what have we lost? Obama should be praised for negotiating the nonnegotiable and creating a possible change in the world's political paradigm. Let's just opt for peace.
Stockton should build
multi-level parking garage
Trying to find a parking spot at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is absolutely exhausting and infuriating - and that is on a good day. If you are running late to class, then it is an actual nightmare.
Being a commuter, I don't have the advantage of just waking up a few minutes before class and walking out the door without worrying about where I am going to park every day.
I don't know how, but Stockton came up with the great idea of building the new science center right in the middle of one of the parking lots, taking away many parking spaces. The college should build a parking garage with multiple levels. This would provide many more spots for students to park in.
Many students are now forced to park all the way in the north lot because there are no other spots available. After parking there, you can do one of two things - walk all the way over to the campus or take one of the shuttles.
Walking is fine until you realize how far away you are and how fast you have to pace yourself to get to class on time. You also have to think about the weather conditions, because no one wants to walk that far when it is not nice out.
And waiting for the shuttle can be nerve-wracking because there aren't set pickup times, which can result in being late to class even though you were there early.
It is a good thing that I graduate in the spring and will not have to deal with the chaotic parking situation at Stockton ever again.
about texting editorial
Regarding the Sept. 12 editorial, "Texting a driver/Helpful ruling," about a court decision saying a person can be held liable for sending a text to a driver:
This has got to be one of the most ridiculous rulings ever handed down, and this newspaper thinks it certainly seems reasonable?
Yeah, let's make the courts more overworked and the lawyers richer.
How about this newspaper sending this powerful and important message: When driving, do not answer your phone. Turn the ringer off if necessary.
Now that seems reasonable.
PHILIP L. RELLO
Thanks for supporting
Good Old Days Festival
Maybe you flipped hamburgers. Perhaps you helped out at one of the many booths. Or maybe you just came to the festival and enjoyed the music and the company of your neighbors. On behalf of the organizing committee, thank you.
Thank you for helping with another tremendous edition of what has become a great institution in Somers Point - the Good Old Days Festival. After so many years it has become a multi-generation event, with parents bringing their kids to an event that their parents brought them to when they were youngsters.
The festival is a tradition that has endured and grown over the years when many traditions and events have faded away. It would not be possible without the support of the city of Somers Point and the help of the Public Works Department and the Police Department, as well as the army of volunteers who step up to help put on this wonderful community event.
SEAN T. McGUIGAN
New parking rules
a bad idea in Ventnor
I do not understand the reasoning behind the recent changes regarding parking times in Ventnor. The many businesses on Ventnor Avenue will surely be negatively affected by the new half-hour time frame. And why, after Labor Day, enact such a change? Wake up, City Hall.