Law, fairness needed on sexual misconduct

Regarding the frenzy of exposures of sexual misconduct thus far — it’s time to turn down the heat and bring in the light.

First, we need consciousness and clarity in workplace harassment laws.

To achieve this, we must bring together about 12 each of both men and women, with reason and common sense, from different backgrounds and occupations to bring forth balanced, sane, fair and reasonable suggestions and solutions, while leaving out those who profit from human misery — namely, lawyers, reporters and also corporations who can fire somebody and get a cheaper replacement.

Right now we are supposed to believe the accounts of accusers, channeled through reporters, most of whom sound as if they cheated their way through both high school and college, seem drunk on a power trip, have neither common sense nor objectivity, and little regard for the facts.

Trials like this in the court of public opinion amount to mob rule, and are a terrible step backwards. What made us respected worldwide is our great court system, where we are innocent until proven guilty by a jury of our peers. This is where all of these cases belong.

What will not work is a one-sided solution imposed on men. It is unacceptable and will further strain the already tenuous relationships between men and women in this country, leading to family breakdowns, more divorces, children suffering and prostitution thriving.

Finally, the solutions must include a reasonable statute of limitations, perhaps three years. Anybody not coming forward within that period must be deemed not credible.

John Molloy

Mays Landing

Tuning in to see athletes play football, not protest

Science says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So it is with opinions. Therefore, in reply to a recent letter to the editor, I would prefer to take a respite from almost daily protestations regarding the various beliefs and opinions of athletes. Really! Who cares? Not the people who simply tune in to enjoy an afternoon of football viewing and relaxation.

I suggest the athletes take their rights and protests to another venue and permit the rest of us to simply enjoy an afternoon of football.

What is actually un-American is depriving others and me of our right to view a game without being subjected to protests and disruptions.

Play ball, not politics.

Elaine A. Pappas

Pomona

Prefer printed books, news

I agree with the woman who wrote that she could not start her day without reading the newspaper. I too read it from front to back, a habit I picked up from my father.

The newspaper makes my day. I could never go online to read it or ever read a digital book, while I do read a lot of printed books. Give me a book in my hand any day.

Marie DeCamp

Egg Harbor City

Racism seen in reactions to addiction deaths

Fifty years ago in the late 1960s, young black men and women died regularly from overdoses of heroin, an opium product. Few cared, whether among the clergy, politicians, business community or especially the police, because for them, it was considered a criminal act.

Now, when it happens in the white community, it is a disease. How convenient. Oh! Pardon me, I must correct myself, the bearer of death comes again from an opium product, except now it is called an opioid. This product is dealt out by the pillars of society, the medical profession and all who cater to them and benefit from them.

Donal Sheahan

Egg Harbor Township