No need for story

on crash victims

I do not think it was necessary to print the Aug. 30 story, "3 Mainland victims had pot in system," about the Mainland Regional High School students who were killed in a crash a year ago.

I agree that use of the drug found in three of the boys was wrong. But don't you think the families and friends have suffered enough? I am sure most people were aware of the presence of the drug.

Let the boys rest in peace and let the families and friends heal. It was a stupid mistake. Let it rest.

DIANE BELL

Galloway Township

Ryan budget plan

won't hurt seniors

Regarding the Sept. 4 letter, "LoBiondo supports Ryan's budget ideas":

Seniors would not be affected by Paul Ryan's proposed budget. There's no increase in costs to seniors. And Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, wisely voted against Obamacare, which contains an increase to seniors and all Americans.

The letter writer referred to the "do nothing" Congress. President Barack Obama had control of the House and Senate for two years, and all he accomplished was more spending. Speaking of "do nothing," the Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget for more than three years.

Therefore, I believe that if LoBiondo's Democratic opponent, Cassandra Shober, is elected, she would continue the same debt-ridden mess we now have emanating from Washington.

JAMES J. O'DONNELL

Ocean City

Remember Sept. 11,

and how we responded

Eleven years ago, our lives unquestionably changed. With more than 3,000 Americans lost on Sept. 11, 2001, we will never forget the horrific attack on our nation.

In the immediate aftermath we refocused our efforts to strengthen our security procedures at home and increase intelligence gathering capabilities abroad. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I've seen firsthand the increased coordination and stronger partnership between our 16 intelligence agencies.

The results are undisputed: Those efforts have systematically disrupted the al-Qaida terror network responsible for not only the 9/11 attacks, but the killings of thousands of innocent civilians across the globe. Those efforts have destabilized the terrorist leadership from the caves of Afghanistan to the jungles of Africa. And last year, the cooperation of our intelligence analysts and our Navy SEALs brought the ultimate justice to Osama bin Laden.

We will never forget that day, a day that America never wanted to know. We will always honor those who died that day and in subsequent years in defense of our nation. And we will forever be a stronger nation going forward.

REP. FRANK LOBIONDO

R-2nd

Washington

We just can't afford

to trust Obama again

Regarding the Sept. 5 story, "First lady: Obama 'a man we can trust' to fix economy":

What has President Barack Obama done about the economy since he has been in office? He would be riding on the crest of a wave if he had kept even some of the promises he made four years ago.

Even as he seeks re-election, he is still failing to earn the trust for which we are asked. There were simple things he could have done to create jobs and improve our economy. The Keystone XL pipeline and reopening federal lands for oil exploration quickly come to mind. Neither required tax dollars and either would have created thousands of jobs.

Instead, he continues to waste billions on "green" jobs in an industry that we can neither afford nor support, regardless of the environmental value. Millions have been squandered, in large part by this investment in failed companies.

Our annual deficit - a deficit he promised his administration would cut in half by now - has tripled and our debt has increased by 50 percent.

This is not to say he has done nothing good. Among his accomplishments are ending the hunt for Osama bin Laden, financing the pensions and payroll for GM's United Auto Workers and bolstering the oil industry of Brazil and the auto industry of Finland with our tax dollars.

And we should not ignore the fact that he helped destabilize the Middle East. Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi may not have been our allies, but they controlled their people, a control that has been assumed by more threatening authorities since Obama decided to "lead from behind" to unseat them without provocation.

Obama took advantage of our trusting nature. As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. I'm not buying in and neither should anyone else.

KEN ELLIS

Ocean City

Their hasty passage

makes ID laws suspect

Regarding the Aug. 29, letter "Editorial unfair on voter ID laws," referring to an editorial of Aug. 24. I can't understand what was unfair about the editorial.

I thought it merely laid out a solid case for what could be done to make the identification laws less cumbersome.

You see, I support the voter ID laws, but not how they were conceived and enacted in some states with haste. Consider Pennsylvania, where the House majority leader said the law would help Mitt Romney win the state.

The writer cites a 2005 U.S. Government Accountability Office report that found 3 percent of 30,000 people on the voter registration roll in one region were not citizens. When one uses 2005 numbers to debunk 2012 situations, I take that for what it is.

Statistics can be used to justify anything. As a minority and one who has traveled to many countries, I agree with most of the points the writer raised about most institutions requiring photo IDs today. But I would also venture to say that photo IDs would not prevent fraud in voting because of human error.

The way in which these laws were hastily enacted is what is suspect.

As they say on ESPN's Sports Center, "Come on, man!" Wake up and smell the roses.

ALBERT A. MENSAH

Atlantic City

Obama needs a Congress

that will work with him

This Election Day, the voters of the 2nd Congressional District have a unique opportunity to do their part in helping the Democratic Party gain seats in the House of Representatives. President Barack Obama, in his second term, will need a Congress that will work with him and not against him.

Our incumbent Republican, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, is seeking his 10th term, even though he pledged to serve no more than six terms. He has voted to obstruct all of the president's programs. He has taken his marching orders from the Republican leadership and he dare not deviate from their instructions.

The only time in recent years that he demonstrated some degree of independence and voted for the cap-and-trade bill, he was taken to the proverbial woodshed and shown the error of his ways. He has learned his lesson well. Just look at his voting record. It speaks for itself.

We need a representative who will work with the president and not against him. Vote for the Democratic candidate, Cassandra Shober, for Congress.

DAVID BEHR

Egg Harbor Township