Why can't baymen

and birds coexist?

Regarding the June 3 letter, "Don't endanger horseshoe crabs for 34 baymen":

Why do environmentalists always want everything one way? It seems that some compromise could be worked out that gives everyone something.

In 2003, the state had a five-week ban on horseshoe crab harvesting while the red knots were here and some kind of quota system. That year there were more than 300 licensed crab harvesters. Now there are only 34. That's a huge reduction in the harvest, but still not enough for the environmentalists.

Those 34 crabbers sell to more than 200 eel and conch fishermen, who then sell to hundreds of distributors. That's more than just 34 jobs. And there's plenty of money being spent by striper fishermen using eels for bait.

There will always be crabs for biomedicine. The blood is used to detect contaminants, not for research. Most of the labs that use the blood are in New England, not South Jersey.

It's a little over the top to suggest that 34 hand harvesters will put an entire species at risk when crabs are being harvested along the entire East Coast. But environmentalists always fall back on "the birds can't survive the trip north without the crab eggs." My question is, what do they eat when they fly south?

JOHN APPLEGATE

Galloway Township

A.C. doesn't need

art from Philadelphia

Regarding the June 10 letter, "A.C. needs exhibits from Phila. Art Museum":

Atlantic City needs exhibits from the Philadelphia Museum of Art like a fish needs a bicycle.

JOSEPH D. STAFFORD

Egg Harbor City

Liberty, once lost,

is hard to regain

Beneath the federal government's data mining, the Internal Revenue Service scandals, the Justice Department's curious non-answers and the stonewalled investigations is a fundamental concern: Should we as citizens trust our federal government when it claims this massive data collecting on us is for our own good, our own security?

The president tells us we can't have absolute security and absolute privacy (translation: liberty). I'm reminded of a quote from Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

For my part, I don't trust government not to abuse this data. Maybe my 76 years have imparted some wisdom - or at least skepticism. Politics attracts the corruptible as well as the corrupt. For some, the opiate of power is too addicting. I don't trust politicians not to abuse this bonanza of data for political advantage or as a way to consolidate power.

The founders, realists about human nature, warned us about big government and giving officials too much power. The Constitution spells out delineated powers, the Bill of Rights and checks and balances between government branches.

When challenged about this program, administration officials explain it is for national security. All we need do is surrender some privacy (liberty). Trust us.

Well, I don't. At the least, we should be on guard, applying a healthy dose of skepticism. Liberties lost are hard to regain.

BOB LOVELL

Cape May Court House

Printing movie times

would benefit seniors

Regarding the June 4 letter, "Theaters, advertise your movie times":

I thank the letter writer for stating what I have wanted to say for months. I would love to go to see a movie now and then. I can't, because I don't know what, where and when movies are playing.

I can play solitaire on my laptop and I can send an e-mail if you send me one first. Otherwise, I can't use my laptop so I can't get movie information. I am one of those "golden oldies" the letter writer referred to. Somebody, please help us.

PAULINE TYNDALL

Absecon

Don't further burden

people with diseases

Regarding the June 11 article, "Handicapped parking/Privilege not permanent":

The idea of renewing handicapped parking would only make sense if the diseases covered by the American Disability Act were not permanent.

The ADA defines a covered disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities. Ther are many diseases such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Crohn's disease that have no cure and, by definition, are permanent. Some are invisible to the naked eye but are no less debilitating.

To require people who suffers from this type of disease to reconfirm their disability every three years is pure insanity. If our New Jersey politicians feel the handicapped placard privilege is being abused, they should fix the abuse in a way that does not place additional hardships on and further remind the truly handicapped of their lifelong disability.

FRANK X. CAVALLARO

Ventnor

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