Voice of the People
America doesn’t need involvement in Syria
U.S. officials have declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against insurgents.
I hope this assertion is more accurate than when President George W. Bush said Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. This could be an excuse to get the United States involved in that part of the world, something America doesn’t need.
We have just spent countless amounts of time, money and American lives in Iraq, a waste of all three. Iraq is reverting back to what it was prior to our invasion, which was based on false allegations.
The war in Afghanistan is winding down, and we have been there much too long. Osama bin Laden was killed more than two years ago, and we are still there.
America should not be getting involved in Syria. Give the rebels weapons if you want to, but not one single U.S. troop should be involved.
If anything, Syria is a United Nations problem. And if the U.N. gets involved, the United States should be only a small part of that effort. America does not need to step into every problem area. Americans don’t like to see oppression, but at the same time, they don’t want our people being harmed and money spent in causes that may not be worthwhile.
We are not the world’s police. We should be sure of our facts before getting involved.
DAVID WESSEL Galloway Township
Handicapped parking should be sacred
Like everyone else, I’ll circle a parking lot, trying to find the closest spot to my destination. But I will take the farthest one from the door rather than take a specially designated handicapped parking space.
Some things should be sacred, and leaving those spots for people who need them is one of them.
MARY CANESI Northfield
Casino parking fees drive away business
Recently, on our way to see our new great niece, we traveled to Atlantic City.
Because one of us has trouble walking, we decided to park at Caesars Atlantic City and to use valet parking.
We did not plan on spending any money in the casinos because we did not have a lot with us. We were very shocked to be charged $30 for parking for the less than two hours we were there.
It is no wonder Atlantic City has lost business. That is a ridiculous amount to pay for parking. I was told the price was because it was a weekend and that during the week it is cheaper.
There is talk in the state Legislature of eliminating parking fees at casinos. I would be the first to vote yes, if asked.
When people go to Atlantic City, especially if they go there to gamble, they usually spend money. Not only do the casinos make money on the gambling, they also make money on the exorbitant prices they charge in the restaurants, etc.
I believe the parking fees should be eliminated and that, until they are, no one should park in the casino garages.
HARVEY KLEIN Englishtown
Those who seek organs should also be donors
The story of the little girl in Philadelphia who finally got a lung transplant is news all over the world.
I have an opinion on organ donations. I think anyone who needs an organ transplant should move up on the list if they have signed up to be an organ donor. People who don’t believe in being a donor should be on the bottom of the list.
This may be an unfair question, but I would like to know if the little girl’s parents have signed up as organ donors. I am also praying for the little girl, as should everyone.
Don’t ask if you are not willing to give. Sign up soon.
EDWARD BOBER Hammonton
Lonegan offers N.J. a rare opportunity
Wanted: Residents and voters of New Jersey who are tired of do-nothing U.S. senators who talk a great game while they are self-serving power-grabbers who vote recklessly and spend OPM (other people’s money).
The recent death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg has presented a opportunity. In the special primary election in August, voters can choose a truly special Republican candidate, Steven M. Lonegan.
The winner of the Republican primary will run against a Democrat in October, most likely Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Booker is just a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama. More of the same — all talk, no action — that has brought this nation to its knees.
Make no mistake, Booker will be the same massive failure that Obama has been with his trillions of dollars of debt, massive spending and taking hardearned money from the middle class to give to the have-nots, with no accountability to us, the working stiffs.
Some citizens truly deserve a hand up until they get on their feet. But not the millions who wait for a check on the first of every month.
Lonegan ran for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2009 and won 142,000 votes against Chris Christie’s 182,000. A great accomplishment. This time he will go on to become the first Republican, conservative senator elected from New Jersey in 41 years.
How exciting is that? A voice in Washington who represents true Republican values, a fiscal conservative who was exceedingly successful as two-term mayor of Bogota, not a go-along-to-getalong politician. Lonegan will help New Jersey get back to common-sense values, lower taxes and the defense taxpayers.
NATE NATHANSON Northfield