Ethics charges ridiculous
against Cape May mayor
Regarding the June 1 story, "Cape mayor faces ethics charge":
The allegations concern Temple University, Mayor Ed Mahaney's alma mater, which was hired to work on the new Convention Hall. I attended all of the meetings that are the subject of the allegations, and I can assure you that not only were they open and transparent, but the participation by the public was voluminous and spirited. The mayor and City Council gave the public every opportunity to be involved at each meeting.
At least two other institutions of higher education had expressed an interest in the contract - Rutgers University and Richard Stockton College - but neither followed through. Furthermore, I see nothing wrong with Cape May having a mayor who may know whom to call when an issue arises.
The facts are clear and incontrovertible. The mayor, City Council, and the city manager delivered our new Convention Hall on time and on budget, just as they said they would. I believe their record speaks for itself.
JOHN M. FLEMING
Beach fees an example
of how N.J. operates
Regarding the June 7 article, "Beach tags key source of funds":
What a joke - charging to access the ocean. This state has some of the highest taxes in the country, among the highest automobile insurance in the country, tolls on every road imaginable (and those roads are in embarrassingly bad shape), and ridiculous fees to use the beach and access the ocean. Better be careful, the next breath of New Jersey air you take may be taxed or subject to a fee.
to advocate for elderly
Countless thousands of vulnerable elderly people across this country are being abused, neglected and financially exploited. These are crimes that are, by all accounts, severely underreported and get far too little attention in our youth-focused society.
Friday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was created in 2006 to focus attention on elder abuse and exploitation. As New Jersey's long-term care ombudsman, I oversee a resident-focused advocacy program that seeks to protect the health, safety, welfare, and civil and human rights of older individuals who live in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
While awareness of an issue is important, in my view, action is even more important. That is why I urge anyone who is truly concerned about elder abuse and exploitation to call my office at 609-826-5053 to find out about how to become a volunteer advocate.
Volunteer advocates receive 32 hours of training and are asked to spend four hours a week at a local nursing home, listening to residents' concerns and advocating on their behalf. Right here in Atlantic County, we have 11 nursing homes and no volunteers. The situation is slightly better in Cumberland County, where there are six nursing homes and just two volunteer advocates. The need is clearly there. Will you answer the call?
JAMES W. McCRACKEN
N.J. Ombudsman for
the Institutionalized Elderly
Letter writer correct
on our broken system
I applaud the writer of the June 8 letter, "Access-road elimination another wasteful decision."
His second paragraph, which lamented how we are constantly disappointed by a broken system of government, was beautifully written and spot on. And you can say the same thing about health care, the financial industry, the educational system, etc. I could go on and on. There is indeed "unavoidable evidence" that the interests of the citizens are rarely considered when decisions are made. I dare say that leadership and integrity in today's world are nothing but buzzwords.
at Little League night
June 6 was Little League night at Citizens Bank Park. Approximately 500 kids couldn't wait to see their favorite players. But when the Phillies walked out on the field, only Juan Pierre managed to give the kids a thumbs up. Not one other Phillie waved, gave the kids a high five, or even smiled in their direction. They kept their heads down.
Thank God they were playing the Dodgers, who were the total opposite. The Dodgers signed autographs, gave the kids high fives, smiled, talked to the kids, posed for pictures.
Now I hope the Phillies lose every game. I was a Phillies fan, but now I root against them. I am sure many parents also have a very negative feeling toward these players.