Forget ferry and build

bridge/tunnel to Del.

Regarding the June 26 story, "Unused ferry sold at loss to become barge":

The MV Cape May ferry, purchased for $14.5 million in 1985 and remodeled in 1998 for $20 million, was sold for just $750,000. The MV Twin Capes ferry was put up for sale in 2010, and so far no serious bidders have emerged.

Since its inception, the ferry has run at a loss. The losses have been subsidized by toll revenue from the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The ferry service operation ran a $9.6 million deficit in 2012, and there was also a decline in ferry traffic of 16 percent from 2006 to 2012.

Now the long-range plan is to build smaller, faster ferry boats. This appears to be the definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. The root problem of the ferry has not been addressed. The Cape May-Lewes ferry prices are too expensive; the crossing is too time-consuming, and there is limited crossing accessibility. This is why there has been a decline in ferry traffic.

It is time to build a Delaware Bay bridge/tunnel, crossing the Delaware Bay from Fortescue to Kitts Hummock, Del., to bring real economic development to South Jersey. The economic facts above speak for themselves.

JOHN BODENLOS

Linwood

Only the greedy

favor austerity

Those who know history are doomed to not repeat it. Paul Krugman, the lone whistler in the wind for economic recovery, is under attack by proponents of austerity. These are the same people who brought us the Great Depression.

Thankfully, after 10 years of their nonsense, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to spend us out of the Depression thanks to World War II.

What were the results of this massive spending of money we didn't have?

We won the war and produced the greatest economy, and the best health care, schools, infrastructure, unions and middle class in world history.

What happened? The proponents of austerity came back under President Ronald Reagan. After 30 great years of unsurpassed prosperity, Reagan and the austerity proponents brought us back to the brink of a total world collapse.

Who are these fans of austerity? They are the greedy 1 percenters who are the richest and most powerful people in the world and who think the rest of us are going to take away what doesn't belong to them anyway.

Their actions over the last 30 years have given us the total collapse of the world economy and the destruction of the middle class and America, as we knew it.

History proves Krugman is correct, and the others are wrong again. Austerity is a transfer of wealth from the workers to the manipulators.

STEPHEN KLEMASH

Sicklerville

Abortion column

incorrect and nasty

In his July 5 column, "Democrats are misreading the politics of abortion," Ramesh Ponnuru makes a serious misstatement of fact, and an incredibly inappropriate, insensitive remark that renders the larger body of work highly suspect.

A bill strictly regulating abortion was being filibustered by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, when the Senate president ruled her out of order for discussing other relevant abortion laws. It was this prejudicial and incorrect ruling - not Davis, as Ponnuru suggests - that caused people in the gallery to disrupt the proceedings.

The author later postulates that Davis "can still look forward to a star-studded play about her greatness. Broadway loves defeated Texas liberals." One may favor strict limitations on abortions, but being uncharitable to opponents and falsifying the legislative record do no credit to the writer or his position.

JOEL OLLANDER

Galloway Township

Lifeguards' cellphones

useful in emergencies

As a former lifeguard, I found the July 7 letter, "Lifeguards shouldn't be looking at cellphones," to be completely out of line. If an emergency arises on the beach, how will the lifeguards be able to call 911 if they do not have cellphones? The writer should have thought about this before making that argument.

DAVID J. BUTALA

Galloway Township