N.J. regulators restricted growth of Atlantic City

A retired Casino Control Commissioner was recently quoted in The Press that "it didn't matter what the governor tried to do, Atlantic City was doomed due to too many casinos in too concentrated an area." His view is indicative of the pontificating approach N.J. regulators took in their 38-year body of work.

The CCC and the Division of Gaming Enforcement are directly responsible for the restriction of growth and sustained development of Atlantic City and the proof is in the pudding. Here are a few names to remember, developers who were run out of town because they were not honest and forthright enough to do business in Atlantic City - Baron Hilton, Hugh Hefner and Steve Wynn.

The truth is, we don't have the developers who would have sustained the city and discouraged much of the competition across the Delaware River. The competition across the river is basically barns compared to what we have here, not to mention the landscape, beautiful beaches and Atlantic Ocean.

No, commissioner, I'm sorry, you people were a cog in this wheel for many years. And now, I'm sure they will get in Glenn Straub's way as well.

MICHAEL TABASCO

Ventnor

No compelling reason

to reject plant's pipeline

Objections have been raised against the proposed B.L. England plant natural gas pipeline through the pinelands, 90 percent of which should not be taken into consideration by the state Pinelands Commission.

The processes used in producing the gas already have been considered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which gave its approval. The state Board of Public Utilities (which represents the interests of citizens regarding utilities) has put its support behind the pipeline. New Jersey has some of the highest goals for solar and wind energy use, and these are not threatened by the pipeline.

The commissioners should base their vote on one thing. Will the pipeline's presence in the pinelands (after the undergrowth has returned) pose a reasonable threat to the pinelands? Prove that to me and I will agree to oppose it.

You have to figure some trees will come down. If this is important to the commission, they could insist on planting replacements. My guess is any tree removals will not amount to a fraction of a percent of trees lost to wind, fire and the pine beetle.

The people of the United States have lived with hundreds of thousands of miles of natural gas lines for over 100 years. Those were allowed. Are those areas less important than the pinelands ?

JOSEPH GUNDY

Mays Landing

Apply open-records law to all state government

Regarding the July 8 editorial, "Public records/People want more openness, so make it happen":

I was an elected official for 15 years, serving as an Absecon City Council member, most of that time as president or president pro tem. I am very much in favor of governmental transparency and the public right to know.

But neither the existing Open Public Records Act nor the new legislation proposed by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg covers the state government. It is exempt on virtually every aspect of the law.

It seems to me if Weinberg were really sincere in her quest for open government, she would be amending the existing law to include all aspects of state government and certainly would have included the state in her proposed list of agencies newly to be covered.

"What's good for the goose, is good for the gander," applies here.

LYNN CATERSON

Absecon

O.C. police solved theft

We commend the Ocean City police for responding promptly to a theft. The detectives assigned to our case solved the crime and returned our property in less than a week. The police were courteous and efficient.

DONNA and TOM AGLIRA

Ocean City

Glad S.C. brought down its symbol of hate

The Confederate flag is a symbol of hate, just as other nations have or had their symbols.

The fact that Columbia, S.C., raised it in the 1960s and displayed it on government property clearly let the nation know where it stood on their views.

Yes, history, but hateful history, nonetheless, and nine more lives were murdered under the symbol of that flag.

Glad it's down, and hope to see others follow. When you wave it, we know what part of history you idolize.

MARTA STOTT

Atlantic City

Imagine Trump reaction to restaurant ban in A.C.

Donald Trump, it is rumored online, had a mini-nervous breakdown when he discovered that Mike Hauke, owner of two Tony Baloney's restaurants, has banned him from his establishment in Atlantic City's South Inlet section.

Another social media rumor says this may dissuade Trump from running for the presidency.

Hauke is, in my opinion, principled and courageous, without a single thought that the publicity he has received might enhance the profit line of his business.

RON HILL

Egg Harbor City

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