Retired police officers
a great idea for schools
Regarding the Feb. 16 article, "Galloway officials want police officers back in schools":
As a wife of a retired police officer and a parent of a former Absegami High School student, I feel that more retired police officers should be in our school systems. My husband has all the training of a current police officer, along with a current firearm carrying permit.
The cost of employing a retired police officer would be less than half of what a current police officer makes in yearly salary. If the presence of a uniform on a retired police officer makes all the difference, then by all means we should put that retired officer in some sort of uniform that could identify them as such.
If training is an issue, then provide them with training courses, similar to the ones current police officers are required to take.
But please don't take our current officers off the streets, especially with the reduction we now have on patrol. As residents, we need our police officers to be accessible in this highly populated community.
Offer employment to any and all retired police officers for school positions, provide them with uniforms and training, and the township will still save thousands of dollars each year.
lawful gun owners
There have been numerous letters to the editor regarding the anti-gun bills recently passed by the Assembly. I commend those willing to speak out for the Constitution.
As a former National Guard soldier, longtime hunter and legitimate gun owner, I am fearful of the direction government is taking against law-abiding citizens. These anti-gun bills essentially criminalize legitimate gun owners and let officials hide behind the justification of "making the streets safer."
Law-abiding citizens spend hundreds of dollars in fees, adhere to strict permitting requirements, submit to background checks, mental health requirements, fingerprinting and the like - a process that takes months because government says this is what is needed to keep our streets "safe."
All the while, a criminal can buy guns within minutes, guns that have been illegally obtained or smuggled across the border.
Banks are holding up
Sandy insurance claims
Regarding the Feb. 24 letter, "Bank makes it tough to process claim money":
I had a situation similar to the letter writer's. I went to Bank of America with my first insurance check and was able to immediately deposit it. When the second check came, I had to sign my life away while the bank sent it to California to be deposited in its account. I had to wait for an inspector to come out, write a report that at least 60 percent of repairs were done, then wait for them to release more of my money.
I now must wait again for an inspector to see that 95 percent of the work is finished before the bank will release the balance. This apartment is a rental, and I depend on the income to live. It's been four months now since Sandy. My wonderful contractor is more than ready to finish the job, but where's the money?
Hire more people if that's what it takes. Everyone on my street is in the same situation.
Account for guns
when owners die
According to the National Death Index, more than 70,000 people die in New Jersey yearly. Many of these people owned one or more registered guns.
But when someone dies, many of those registered weapons just disappear from the radar and become unaccounted for.
Heirs are supposed to register these weapons or properly dispose of them, but all too often they fall into the hands of relatives, friends and others. Most are not registered, as they are just given away, taken or lost. Who knows who has them now, and for what purpose are they being used?
With the renewed concern over guns, especially unregistered ones, it may be prudent to enact legislation to account for guns upon the death of a registered owner. I suggest the probate laws be amended to require a document from the local police chief or the State Police (in an area of their jurisdiction) prior to the county surrogate issuing appointment of executors or administrators. These documents would indicate that there are no registered weapons, or that any registered weapons have been accounted for according to applicable statutes.
JAMES A. CARNEY
Egg Harbor Township
James A. Carney is a former Atlantic County surrogate.