Galloway Township needs department stores
Regarding the Nov. 9 editorial, “Always a good time for towns to listen to residents, businesses”;
Galloway Township Council switching positions on the motocross track after receiving a negative response from residents isn’t the issue so much as the fact that the council unanimously approved it in the first place.
The fact is that the council didn’t see that allowing 46 acres of township land to be used for a dirt track that is destructive environmentally, creates air pollution from the dust and gas engines, noise pollution and brings virtually zero jobs to an area desperate for same was just another example of the cluelessness that is typical of that council.
Council ignored the fact that the track in Millville continues to be an issue for people who live there, otherwise they wouldn’t have approved the same thing for Galloway. Additionally, the fact of the township choosing to basically waste 46 acres of land on a business with a very limited appeal is unconscionable. Those 46 acres should be developed with businesses that bring something to the majority of the residents.
Galloway has a dearth of meaningful places to shop. Specialty stores and gift shops are not places that people go for clothes and household goods. We need department stores, which would be a far better use of those 46 acres than a motorcycle/ATV dirt track. The problem with Galloway Council is a lack of vision in regard to what is beneficial to the most people.
Hard, honest work needed
When will our alleged representatives learn? The greatness of America does not come from a slogan — it emanates from our collective ability to recognize a problem, devise innovative solutions, and do the hard work to get the job done.
To propose a tax plan that “only” calls for another $1.5 trillion in debt should be viewed as proof that the swamp has reached the pinnacle of disingenuousness and disregard for their duty as stewards of this nation.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, trillions have been spent on continuous war. The nation has seen 35-plus years of the failed con game of trickle-down economics, and representation that is bought and paid for by the interests seeking to perpetuate the slow, painful draining of this noble experiment in self-government. America finds itself at an inflection point.
The election results, and those of 2016, are the groans of a population that has had enough. People can handle the truth and the truth is that there is a lot of work to do, together, to get the country back on track.
Our representatives in Washington and at all levels need to come clean with the population, which is yearning for honesty and effort to address the problems (and there are many), design long-term solutions via bipartisan legislation, then implement sensible programs to address the serious issues facing the nation.
Failure to do so should result in a revolving door until there is true representation.
Progressive policies triumphed in election
The election results showed what it takes for Democrats to succeed. Here in New Jersey, Phil Murphy was overwhelmingly elected the next governor because he spoke about a message of creating an inclusive economy that will benefit all the residents of this great state as well as instituting common-sense, progressive policies on everything from access to affordable health care to protecting our environment.
Contrast that with what is going on in Washington with the Trump administration, and you can see why the Murphy campaign’s message was a compelling one and one that can be copied as a blueprint in the congressional midterm elections and beyond.
Steven M. Clayton