Instead of spending funds,

why not reduce taxes?

Regarding the Feb. 11 editorial, "Offshore tax havens/N.J. loses, too":

Your suggestion for using the estimated $2.8 billion that could be recouped if tax havens were shut down? Spend it.

Did you ever think of applying it to the state deficit? Or using it to reduce income taxes or property taxes? Of course not.

You have demonstrated exactly why taxpayers look for loopholes and shelters. They know that no matter how much they pay, politicians and people who think as the editors of The Press of Atlantic City do will spend more, demand more and vilify those who are just trying to outwit thieves.

CHUCK WEBER

Villas

Solution to Congress:

Throw the bums out

Regarding the Feb. 11 letter, "U.S. Senate must eliminate filibuster":

I agree that the Senate must get rid of progress-stoppers known as filibusters.

Members of Congress should get on with the country's pressing needs and realize that while the money of the political action committees fuels their bids for re-election, it is the votes of we, the people, that send them to Washington.

It is about time voters wised up as to who is looking out for our interests and who is looking out for the special-interest groups. Unless we want to continue the lack of activity in our gridlocked, do-nothing, worst-ever Congress, we should not re-elect these yo-yos.

If the voters want to correct the situation and bring sanity back to governance then they should throw these bums out. To say that I am extremely angry about this situation would be putting it mildly.

SHERMAN MILLER

Sea Isle City

Listen to the people,

•ot gun companies

I support the Second Amendment. I believe any law-abiding citizen has the right to have guns, whether for protection or sport. It is an American tradition and the law.

But I don't get the delusions of people who think the government is coming to take our guns. Nowhere in any proposed law is there evidence this is true.

In 1999, the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre said universal background checks should be law. But once an idea is embraced by the president, it becomes like a plague to Republicans.

The majority of NRA members believe we should have universal background checks for gun buyers along with an assault-weapons ban and a restriction on magazine size.

LaPierre appeared on Fox News recently with Chris Wallace and said every child in America faces the same kind of threats as the president's children. Wallace's response was that this was "ridiculous."

What has happened to common sense? What has happened to our compassion for others? We, the people, must tell our representatives to start listening to us instead of the industrial lobbyists. This gun debate is not about the Second Amendment but about gun manufacturers making profits through fear tactics and corruption of our government.

Write letters to the media. Write to your Congress members. Use social media. Let your views be known, even if they are not the same as mine. Exercise your First Amendment rights.

DAVID IRA SCHULTZ

Galloway Township

Local towns need program

to steer teens from drugs

Regarding the Jan 25 story, "Presentation advises talking to kids about drugs":

This caught my attention because I am still in shock over the recent death of a young friend who died of a heroin overdose in her first use of the drug. It is good to know this program is coming to Atlantic City and Mays Landing, but what about the rest of our state?

In the Bayville section of Berkeley Township, Ocean County, where I live, a 23-year-old woman was charged in December with being involved in a heroin-trafficking ring, which allegedly distributed 200,000 bags of heroin throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Recently, Berkeley Township police conducted drug raids less than a mile from my home. The nine people charged with possession were ages 18 to 20.

In neighboring Lacey Township, there were 40 overdoses in 2012, six of which led to deaths. The majority of these drug users were young.

High school is a challenging time, and a time when many first-time users begin experimenting with drugs.

According to a 2012 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, nearly 44 percent of high school students told surveyors they knew a classmate who sold drugs.

The 15-Minute Child Break program is for parents concerned about children of any age and substance abuse. It teaches parents that they are a strong influence in a child's decision making, and daily 15-minute conversations can prevent a child from trying drugs.

Because drugs are everywhere, we need to make efforts to keep them out of young people's thoughts and hands. This program could help prevent our local children from becoming drug users or addicts.

TAYLOR DiPAOLO

Bayville