Don't blame towns

for lack of housing

Regarding the March 3 article "Economics, not culture, force more families to share homes."

I question the comment by Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research at Atlantic Cape Community College, who said that "home-rule issues" are limiting the affordable housing market because "(towns) don't want to pay for school kids and new schools."

Since the towns are made up of taxpaying residents and the people they elect to run the town, he is really criticizing taxpayers who don't want to pay increased property taxes to subsidize the costs of new development.

I don't think it is fair to blame the towns for wanting to protect their taxpayers from increased property taxes.

The myth that new property taxes on new developments pay all the costs is finally over.

Rather than blame the towns and their taxpayers for wanting affordable government first before subsidizing schools, affordable housing and most other development, the blame should go back to the Christie administration for not addressing the need for property-tax reform and finding another source of revenue to take the ever-increasing costs of schools, housing and public infrastructure off the backs of property owners.

FRED AKERS

Newtonville

Romney beat Obama

in donations from rich

Regarding the March 3 letter, "Obama, Democrats accept donations from the rich":

The letter writer casts aspersions on President Barack Obama's recent campaign for accepting big money from even bigger donors. The writer also claims that Mitt Romney's campaign depended upon small business as his base. But consider the following:

The Restore Our Future super PAC donated $142 million to causes associated with Romney. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife donated $34.2 million to Romney. Texas industrialist Harold Simmons gave $16 million. Bob J. Perry, the head of a Houston real estate empire, donated $15.3 million, and Robert Rowling, the head of Dallas-based TRT Holdings, gave $4.1 million.

That's a whole lot of money, and it's obscene given the many causes it would serve if put to better use.

So, it would appear that Romney, who is quite wealthy in his own right, is not above tapping his exceedingly wealthy friends for even more money to serve his own purposes.

ELEANOR BALSLEY

Galloway Township

Loss of ratables

is Sandy's next wave

I bless God that my home stands untouched by Hurricane Sandy. I pray for those who need financial, emotional and spiritual help.

A concern that has yet to be discussed is what will taxpayers face in increases to keep government working at the municipal, county and state levels? How will we recover the tax revenue lost because of the storm in towns like mine, which lost about a third of its housing stock?

Gov. Chris Christie, county freeholders, mayors and other municipal officials have yet to face the "tail-end" of this mega-storm - cutting spending to meet the new normal. This is a looming issue as the politicians face their 2013-2014 budgets.

MICHELE A. PIERDINOCK

Tuckerton

A.C.'s casinos need

•ongambling revenue

Internet gambling will bring revenue to the casinos. But it won't bring customers to the casinos unless they comp Internet play with room stays and dinner packages.

Nongaming-revenue attractions should be focused on, such as much-needed activities for children and adolescents. Look at the success of The Walk - no slot machines there, and it is doing very well.

The casino industry here must focus on nongaming revenue to survive. Every casino in town has high vacancy rates. How about converting some of the hotel rooms to condos? Perhaps some of the misplaced Sandy victims would take up permanent residence there.

AL CASALNOVA

Galloway Township

Hospice programs

put patient needs first

Regarding the Feb. 22 letter, "Euthanasia a better choice than hospice": Our involvement as volunteers with AtlantiCare Hospice paints a radically different picture. We have never experienced the dire conditions outlined in this letter.

After 12 years of visiting patients, our observations have only been positive. The patients' needs and care always come first. The response from the vast majority of patients, caregivers and families has been overwhelmingly appreciated.

At this stressful time the alternatives for patients and caregivers are difficult and often painful. Choosing hospice is an effort to help make the patient's quality of life optimal.

JERRY FEEHAN

ANDREA FEEHAN

Smithville