Drug arrests help

clean up Wildwood

To the delight of locals and vacationers, the recent drug arrests by the Wildwood Police Department have been a great success. As a member of the local community, I felt relieved to know that the police are taking drug distribution in the city very seriously. This initiative is something that needs to continue in Wildwood and the rest of Cape May County for the sake of residents and visitors.

There have been at least 100 arrests. That's 100 dangerous people off the streets of Wildwood. Granted, that's only a small percentage of the population, but it makes a difference in keeping the island safe. With the implementation of this program, the drug-related crimes in our neighborhood will rapidly decrease.

When people visit Wildwood, they want to have a good, relaxing time with friends and family. What they don't want is to worry about having drug dealers or illegal activities around the corner. They want to enjoy the perfect beach spot, the rides on Morey's Pier, and the best pizza place on the Boardwalk. No one wants the burden of looking out for drug dealers along the streets.

I applaud all of the brave men and women of the police force for taking strides to decrease the number of drug distributors in Cape May County.

STEPHANIE CELLA

Cape May

U.S. must act in Syria

for sake of mankind

I would be the first to say that I am tired of America getting involved in the internal affairs of other nations at the expense of U.S. taxpayers, who invariably bear the cost.

But President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is a megalomaniac. Raised under his father's sadistic tyranny, he believes that he and his family are the past, present and future of Syria's political and economic life. One of the main problems of many unstable nations in that region is getting out from under the despotic rule of these dynastic families, where power is handed down rather than earned through merit. Assad has become so used to ruling that he's willing to sacrifice half the population of his country to remain its sole leader and to use chemical weapons to do it.

So, are we our brothers' keeper?

I say we have to be. We cannot stand by and allow innocent men, women and children to die at the hands of a despot who refuses to recognize that his time is over. I, too, grow weary of the world's problems being dropped on our front doorstep. But our connection to the rest of the world transcends any geographical distance or cultural differences. Our investment should be in the collective survival of all humanity. In the end, I'm sure that the payoff will be well worth it.

EDSEL COATES

Atlantic City

Obama mangles

U.S. foreign policy

It saddens as well as outrages me to see our foreign policy being mangled by this administration. Our State Department, it seems, has been handed over to Russia in order to save the face of our president.

Lack of forethought and planning seems to be the style of the White House national security team and the folks at "Foggy Bottom" (well named for this State Department crew). When the president originally spoke of his "red line" there was no follow-up to garner support from a coalition of nations to subsequently exercise sanctions in the event the line was crossed. But of course, now the line is not his but "the world's."

Russian President Vladimir Putin is now running the show and seems to be on his way to retaining his naval base on the Mediterranean and expanding Russian influence in the region, while letting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad get away with no sanctions.

Our great nation is in dire need of adult leadership. Pray that we find it soon.

JAMES C. DEVER JR.

Ocean City

Quakers urge yes vote

on minimum-wage hike

For all but the wealthiest, real family income has been declining since 1999. The worst losses in income have been experienced by the poorest among us. The New Jersey poverty rate is now the highest in 52 years, hurting almost 25 percent of our residents. Unsurprisingly, our state's continued backslide into poverty is mirrored by the declining real value of the minimum wage.

Measured in current dollars, the minimum wage plummeted from $10.56 an hour in 1968 to $7.25 today. People of conscience have compelling reasons to be concerned with an inadequate minimum wage. When struggling, hard-working family members, friends and neighbors are not able to escape poverty, even by working two jobs or more, we are called upon to act. It is not enough to provide more food banks and soup kitchens.

On Nov. 5, New Jersey voters will be able to consider a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to $8.25, with automatic annual increases based on inflation.

It is not a perfect law. There is much more that our society needs to do to end the cycle of poverty. However, this measure will help provide a step toward a livable wage for many more working New Jersey residents, as its implementation will raise wages across the board.

MARY HUNT

Clerk

Atlantic City Friends Meeting

Galloway Township

Mary Hunt wrote this letter on behalf of the meeting members and attenders.