Contract set-asides

another tool to help vets

Regarding the Aug. 26 editorial "Set-aside for veterans/What's the issue?":

Over the years, Atlantic County has been in the forefront in veterans issues.

The administration, the department heads, many county employees and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson have supported veterans and veterans' causes without question for many years.

Some may think the concerns over an ordinance to establish a county public-contract set-aside program for businesses that are owned by or employ veterans are indicative of a split between the veterans community and the many fine individuals in Atlantic County who have supported veterans. This is not the case.

Passage of this ordinance at the county level is not going to resolve the many employment or economic issues facing today's veterans. But it is another tool in the effort to assist veterans. The strongest argument for the ordinance is the potential to spur other communities to follow suit. By leading the way, freeholders can continue the effort to assist veterans, an effort that would have a much more pronounced effect if it were replicated throughout New Jersey. That was the intent of the state law that authorizes local public contract set-asides.

This legislation is part of a great effort by our elected officials in Trenton to address some of the concerns faced by our veterans.

ROBERT E. McNULTY

Egg Harbor Township

Ditch Obamacare

to protect workers

Regarding the Aug. 27 letter by C. Robert McDevitt, president of Local 54 of UNITE-HERE, "Change ACA to protect 40-hour week":

The writer inplies that the consequences of the Affordable Care Act were somehow unforeseen. The law tells employers they can avoid offering employees health insurance if they work less than 30 hours a week. How can anyone act surprised when employers cut hours?

Where was he when so much conservative commentary expounded on this and many other concerns about this ill-conceived bill?

What is he going to do when the president's promise that we would be able to keep our insurance and our doctors turns out not to be true?

He should get behind the movement to defund this outrageous bill - with the same intensity he and his union put into getting it passed.

This bill, if permitted to proceed as written, will have devastating consequences, from lower-quality of health care to overwhelming budget deficits for generations to come.

MIKE VALENTINE

Ventnor

Affordable Care Act

must be repealed

Regarding the Aug. 27 letter by C. Robert McDevitt, president of Local 54 of UNITE-HERE, "Change ACA to protect 40-hour week":

Reading this brought a chuckle of disbelief. The writer states that a few changes will make the Affordable Care Act good for everybody. He means everybody in his union.

Others also would like to see changes. They would like to see many of the additional taxes removed. Employers would like to see the mandate to provide insurance removed. Insurance companies would like to see the mandate to provide insurance to people with pre-existing conditions removed.

The writer's union members and many others took the word of his Democratic cohorts that Obamacare contained things that would benefit them. Surprise, there are also some features not so favorable to you.

I think the dumbest thing I ever heard a politician say was when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." How anyone can vote for a politician who passes a bill with thousands of pages without even reading it is a mystery to me.

Yes, the president won't admit it, but this law is turning out to be a train wreck. Repeal it and start over.

FRANK ROMANO

Sea Isle City

'Crazy' Republicans

are crazy like a fox

Why, you ask, are Republicans doing so many things that go against the wishes of the American people? They have a plan.

The bottom line is the vote count. If you can alter that, you win elections.

The Democrats and the pundits are scratching their heads and saying things like, "The Republicans are self-destructive," "It's the end of the party," "They're crazy." Crazy like a fox, my mom used to say. If you can change the vote count by a minimal amount in your favor, you win.

Voter suppression, gerrymandered districts, reducing access to polls, eliminating Sunday voting, stopping college kids from voting -the list goes on and on. Republicans have spent millions on bean counters, the Heritage Foundation and many other false fronts for the conservative cause to figure it out.

Whoever runs as the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 will lose. The Republican conservative movement has rigged the system. Remember, in an electorate that is split 50/50, a minimal change in your favor means you win. It doesn't matter how crazy you appear. Crazy like a fox.

STEPHEN KLEMASH

Sicklerville