Questions unanswered

on Margate dune plan

The writer of the Sept. 16 letter, "Information available on Margate dunes plan," claimed there's abundant information available regarding the Army Corps of Engineers' proposed Margate dune project. The problem is the information that's not available - like final plans or a contract.

It seems answers to questions about extending the Margate Pier and avoiding outfall pipes on Frontenac, Granville, Exeter and Monroe avenues aren't important, unless of course you swim on beaches near these streets.

How will moms with strollers, seniors and the disabled traverse a 6-foot-tall and 80-foot-wide artificial dune? The rate of incline for ramps is 12 inches of length per 1 inch of elevation. That's a big wooden structure on both sides. Margate has approximately 12 access points. Will ramps be built at on every street?

I'm reluctant to embrace a 40-year contract without actually having seen it, but maybe that's my auditing background. I also want more information about the "100 percent free" claim. If we replenish every three years, as recommended, our cost will be $14.9 million over 50 years.



Override veto

of pig-cruelty bill

I'm often torn on complex political issues such as how to balance the federal budget and immigration. But the recent discussion in New Jersey about isolating mother pigs in cages so small they can't turn around is a no-brainer.

We all know that cruelty like this is wrong. The farmers I know say gestation crates are unnecessary, and they'd never use them on their farms.

The Legislature should immediately call for an override vote on S1921 and support the override unanimously.



Give Obama credit

for success in Syria

It seems to me the reason that chemical weapons will now be destroyed in Syria is because President Barack Obama got tough and stayed tough.

Obviously we live in a world where we must work with other countries to keep the lid on.

Sure, we can fulfill some readers' fantasies by always being No. 1 - all that takes is sending our young people all over the world to die for this obsession.

People lose all credibility when they say Obama is trying to destroy this country from within. So sad.



Atlantic City casinos

can still be successes

Regarding the Aug. 31 story, "Golden Nugget's owners consider selling property":

I was a bit disappointed to see that another new casino in Atlantic City wasn't doing well and was possibly for sale. We are all too familiar with the Revel Casino-Hotel story and its outrageous debt.

So why does this keep happening? Is it because the overall popularity of Atlantic City has gone down? But the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the Tropicana Casino and Resort are still doing well. I think the regulars who come to the city frequent their favorite spots and possibly don't want to give anywhere new a try. They love the Borgata so they do all their gambling there.

I've been to the Golden Nugget before and it's a nice casino, but if you consider its location and the competition, you can see why it isn't doing so well. It is outside the city right next to the Borgata and Harrah's Resort, which have been around a while and have a well-established clientele. You can't as easily walk from one casino to the other in the Marina District, so when people go to one of these casinos they usually plan to stay at that spot. This could be a key reason why the new casino isn't doing well.

But I think Atlantic City will still be a popular vacation spot, even if it loses a new casino or two on the way. Just because two casinos didn't work out doesn't mean that all of the city is doomed.



U.S. needs special fund

to protect us from storms

Although I happily call Hammonton home, I am fortunate enough to have a house in Margate. That little place of peace on Absecon Island was rocked by Hurricane Sandy. Twenty inches of water destroyed our first floor and floated the fence away to who knows where. It was an eye-opener.

Building on a barrier island is increasingly a dicey affair, and we recognize that without real action we'll eventually have to abandon the island because of rising sea levels and increasingly harsh and unpredictable storms like Sandy. The science is there, understood and accepted by all but a few flat-Earthers and snake-oil politicians whose corporate backers stand to profit by their denial. Inland communities such as Hammonton will be impacted too. For a community that relies heavily on agriculture, this will mean changes in how and what we grow.

We need to think hard about establishing a mechanism to help communities recover quickly from these storms and other impacts. A new group, U.S. Strong, is proposing the establishment of an "Extreme Weather Relief and Protection Fund" to protect and strengthen our homes and communities. The fund can be established by instituting a fair financial cost to creating the pollution that leads to the extreme weather we are experiencing with increasing frequency. Check out the U.S. Strong website at



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