Beach-block residents

aren't the only dune foes

The writer of the Aug. 30 letter, "Don't let ocean views drive dune decision," indicated that the only objectors to the beach project in Margate were beach-block homeowners and that they were risking other people's safety by being selfish.

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She needs to get informed and should apologize.

I'm not a beach-block owner, yet I'm against this project.

It won't provide protection, other than for a few minutes, and only to the beach-block folks, most of whom don't want it. Most damage in Margate from Hurricane Sandy was on the north side of Winchester Avenue to the bay, and this project does nothing for those folks.

The project isn't free now and won't be free at every three-year interval, when we have to pay roughly 9 percent of the cost to replenish the sand.

And who wants to sit behind a solid wall of dune, amid the trash and mosquitoes breeding in the ponding water?

I'm also against forcing senior citizens, young families and the handicapped to climb over the bulkhead, walk 20 feet and then climb over a wall of sand to access our ocean. Remember, we don't have a boardwalk as Ventnor and Atlantic City do.

The unintended consequences of this project won't be apparent until it's too late.

Our beaches are a natural beauty, and ruining them to protect manmade property seems asinine and is definitely a waste of taxpayer money.

Vote no on this duneboggle.

DAN RITZEL

Margate

Information available

on Margate dunes plan

It will pay for Margate voters to stay well informed about the proposal to construct dunes along the beachfront.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' August 1996 "Absecon Island Interim Feasibility Study" is the basis for the proposal. It answers many important questions. Where will the dunes be located? What will the beach profile be like? Will the water remain shallow and safe after the dunes are constructed? The study also reveals what other protection options were considered (and rejected) and how costs were estimated.

The 2011 "New Jersey Beach Profile Network 25 Year Report" shows how beach profiles and the shoreline have changed from 1986 to 2011. Compare the profiles for Dorset Avenue in Ventnor and Benson Avenue in Margate. And downloadable presentations from the 2012 Richard Stockton College "Coastal Research Center 25-Year Conference" provide useful background information on the state of coastal storm-damage research and control technology.

Finally, a short walk on the Ventnor Boardwalk between Richards Avenue and the Atlantic City line provides a firsthand look at the constructed dunes and a beach profile that is similar to that proposed for Margate. It is easy to see how people and vehicles cross over the dunes, how grass is being used to stabilize the dunes, how drainage is being handled, and how storm damage to the dunes and walkways has been repaired.

MICHAEL KAAS

Margate

U.S. attack on Syria

•ot in nation's interest

President Barack Obama has not yet learned from history or experience. If he would take the time to use the past as his guide, I am sure he would come to the conclusion that it is not in his or the nation's best interest to spill the blood of our young soldiers over Syria. After weeks of hard sell, he has no support.

History will show that the United States is very capable of collapsing regimes; however, our record on nation building is dismal. Look at Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. It looks no better for the end game in Syria.

Rather than attempting nation building (or muddling), it would be better if we as a nation embraced the idea that these nations need someone like a benevolent dictator until sometime in the future when they can attempt to create on their own a democracy similar to ours - which, in my humble opinion, is an insurmountable task.

LOUIS C. RIPA

Ocean City

Why did Obama

tell world of our plans?

Regarding the Sept. 6 Carl Leubsdorf column, "Obama smart on Syria":

Is the writer for real? If President Barack Obama was smart, he would have kept quiet about his plans for Syria. You don't go public with what you may do to your adversary. Why not just knock on their door and say, "Hey, we're thinking about attacking you for killing your people, but let us think about it first while you prepare."

I know the public doesn't see all these things from a military point of view, but that's why we have people trained in those areas. Let them do their job, but don't send them into a surprise party for them. Surprise our adversary.

PATRICK M. MATTHEWS

Galloway Township

Christie abuses power

by bullying people

Gov. Chris Christie should heed the spirit of the anti-bullying law he signed. Although aimed at students, the law reminds us all not to abuse people who are weaker than we are.

Politically, the governor is the most powerful person in the state. Christie has abused his power by calling people who displease him "stupid" or "idiots." Instead of expressing regret for blurting out such abusive insults, he boasts about how he intimidates people - like a classic bully.

Victims of bullying often become perpetrators to get back at the world. Children who were teased for being fat may throw their weight around when they become bosses as adults. To break the cycle of bullying, we must treat all people decently - especially if we are privileged to be in a position of authority.

EARL WARMAN

Atlantic City

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