Time to clean up
Millville Police Dept.
Regarding the June 7 article, "Millville police: Discipline was retaliation":
Here we go again. Another lawsuit filed against the city of Millville by another Millville police officer over this appalling "ticket-fixing" scandal.
The captain who ordered the ticket fixed for the motorist pulled over by Officer Edmund Ansara because the motorist was somehow "connected" to a city official or former police officer, as is alleged in the second lawsuit, should either resign and forfeit his pension or be terminated.
How many more lawsuits are going to be filed against the city? More important, how much more taxpayer money is going to have to be shelled out to pay the settlements for these lawsuits until Chief Thomas Haas wakes up and realizes he's got possible corruption under his command?
The Millville Police Department has gone through three police chiefs in the past 15 years. It needs a strong leader to enforce discipline among the officers and restore the public's trust. Chief Haas, you are the leader of the Millville Police Department. And it's time you stepped up to the plate and became one.
GEORGE I. ANDERSON
to help environment
Amid all the clamor about raising the smoking age to 21, why not license smokers, as we do with drivers? Before buying smokes, smokers would have to show their licenses, and smokers caught throwing their butts on the ground would be issued tickets with points and fines, Get too many points, and surcharges would be applied. Our environment would be cleaner, and smokers could still puff away.
Egg Harbor Township
the death penalty
Regarding Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians:
Bales' guilty plea took the death penalty off the table, and now he could receive a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. But the idea that the military court would even consider the possibility of parole is simply unacceptable. No matter what the reason may be behind his actions, simply put, this man is lucky they don't execute him.
Sad to say, but if they can't execute him for what he did, then they need to lock the door and throw away the key. Those were human beings, and they did nothing to him to be slaughtered like cattle.
Acts like these should be dealt with in the most severe way - execution. It seems like life has become so valueless in our society. When someone can massacre 16 people and expect to walk out free someday, we have lost all sense of the value of human life, and that is very sad.
shows founders' wisdom
Regarding recent letters to Voice of the People about Catholic schools:
It is clear to see the reason why the planners and signers of our Constitution insisted on separation of church and state. These letters once again proved the wisdom of the Founding Fathers. Sponsoring specific schools that teach one religion or another strays close to the appearance of state-sponsored religious organizations.
A priest from a local Catholic parish wrote a letter citing the reasons he thought state funding for Catholic schools was a good idea. Hot on the heels of his note were two writers who felt very much the opposite. All three letters seemed to strike out in search of jugulars the writers could pounce on.
The issue is not any one religion's history. The issue is the constitutionality of the government sponsoring a private religious organization's school.
Sweeney gun bill
will make N.J. safer
State Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, deserves a thank-you for leading the way and passing legislation that would make New Jersey a leader in providing comprehensive background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and keep our children and families safer.
Sweeney effectively did what Washington failed to do, despite 90 percent of Americans agreeing that better background checks are needed.
The centerpiece of Sweeney's bill would overhaul the state's permitting process by establishing a modernized, electronic system of instant background checks for all gun purchases, with up-to-date information on permits for handguns and hunting rifles encoded on the buyer's driver's license or a state-issued "smart-card," allowing for real-time reporting of all gun sales to law enforcement.
The instant background checks will include mental-health records and allow for the immediate disqualification of those who are or who become ineligible for a weapons permit.
The bill would also require, for the first time, that private sales go through a dealer so that full background checks will ensure compliance with permit requirements.
This legislation is basic common sense. It isn't an attack on the Second Amendment or punitive to law-abiding citizens. But it is a significant step in ensuring that our children and families will be safer.
Thank you, Sen. Sweeney, for standing up for our families.