Habitat for Humanity
is rebuilding the shore
As a board member and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County, I am proud of the work Habitat has done since Hurricane Sandy hit our county. On behalf of the staff and board of directors, I want to thank the citizens, businesses and foundations that support our mission.
Nine months ago, our model was to build affordable homes for families in need. We were completing one or two homes a year. After Sandy, we shifted to repairing homes damaged by the storm. We now average repairs on two or three homes a month. This has required a significant increase in financial and volunteer resources.
We have received funding from Habitat for Humanity International, Discovery Communications, ShopRite, Robin Hood Foundation, State Farm, Carnival Cruise Line, Red Cross and many others. Volunteers have come to us from all over the country. We hired additional staff, including a new executive director, Kara Kattau.
On July 6 and 7, our volunteers at a coin drop in Absecon collected more than $2,500 in just two days. Thank you to all, including the county freeholders, the city of Absecon, the Police Department and TD Bank.
There is a long way to go before the county is fully recovered, and we hope you will join us in our mission. To contribute or to volunteer, email email@example.com.
a good fuel alternative
Regarding the July 15 letter, "Stop gas pipeline through pinelands":
While I enjoy New Jersey's Pinelands very much, I believe that the argument presented by this writer is way off the mark.
It might make sense to object if the plan were for a crude oil or chemical pipeline. I fail to see how the transport of a clean-burning fuel, normally used for cooking, would be a threat to the environment.
Most clear-thinking environmentalists would opt for a gas-fired electric plant to replace coal. That is, until the wind and solar plans bear enough fruit to satisfy our actual and future demand for electric power.
There may be short-term disruptions in tranquility during pipeline construction, but Mother Nature has a great track record for regrowth of disturbed trees and foliage.
If you appreciate lights, heat, air conditioning or simply blow-drying your hair, please step aside and allow the power company to furnish your needs most dependably and economically.
Angry, texting drivers
put us all in danger
When I started driving, I thought my biggest concern would be drunken drivers. When the economy began to tank, I noticed an increase in aggressive drivers. It is never a good idea to drive while emotional, but many people do it. Patience is short, manners are few and other people are put in danger.
Lately, I've seen drivers whose eyes were not on the road. We all know it only takes a second of diverted attention to get into an accident. More and more, I am convinced that if I am ever in an accident, it will be with someone who was texting while driving.
Put that phone down and drive. If it is so necessary for you to send or receive a text, please find a safe place to pull over and take care of your business. Think of how many lives you can save - including your own.
Rush to judgment
wrong on Zimmerman
Every story declared George Zimmerman guilty moments after the shooting of an innocent-looking boy (shown in a 4-year-old picture).
Barack Obama has been playing the race card ever since he became president, the latest time being when he said, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon." He should have kept his mouth shut, just as he should have when he said the police acted stupidly when they arrested a black professor in Cambridge, Mass. He was followed up by so-called black leaders such as Al Sharpton and, of course, all the politicians hungry for votes from the black community.
Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty. The prosecution had a voice in the jury selection just as the defense did, so you can't blame the jurors. The prosecution did not have any evidence to convict. Let the system work as it should.
Hopefully our country is beyond mob rule. To think this administration is considering violating the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution by trying a person twice for the same crime is unconscionable.
EDWARD O'FLYNN SR.