Angry postal workers

shouldn't mistreat mail

A couple of summers ago, during a hot July, I started leaving cold water bottles in my mailbox for my letter carrier. He is very appreciative of this, and I'm glad to make his day a little better.

However, other postmen and top U.S. Postal Service executives should learn that abusing packages and acts of destruction will do nothing to help a failing, bankrupt agency.

Recently, my son sent an autographed, framed picture of Philadelphia Phillie Mike Schmidt to one of his clients. It was professionally bubble-wrapped, taped to USPS requirements and was insured for more than $300. It was labeled "glass," "breakable" and "fragile."

It was returned with severe damage. The picture was ripped and there was a large footprint on the wrapping paper. It was obvious someone wanted to violate the rules. Often when a facility is about to shut down or people are losing their jobs, customers' goods are vandalized. The person taking the claim information said there has been a dramatic rise in damaged packages recently.

Postal management does not get it either. Ever go into the post office and the line is 15 deep? You want to scream out, "Open another line," but nobody does.

Frustrated postal workers need to understand that their loyal customers are not the enemy.

To the dedicated, caring workers of the USPS, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Keep up the good job



Meddlesome government

holds N.J. businesses back

The Tax Foundation ranks Nevada third in the nation for having a business-friendly climate. New Jersey ranks 49th.

One reason New Jersey ranks so poorly is that politicians and regulators try to control everything when it comes to our casino hotel investors.

Our governing bodies want to be too involved with private enterprise, which is not their place. New Jersey has failed the employees and residents of Atlantic City and we have zero growth in this area because of it.

Atlantic City's casino market share continues to wane in the face of competition. This is a war, and we are losing it. We are on is a barrier island, and we don't emphasize the ocean and bay at all. Where is the "wow" when you get here? Where is the huge port for ocean liners to bring thousands in from abroad?

We are losing market share to Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Steve Wynn will never be back. What does that say about the freedom to do business here?

Get busy supporting private enterprise or face being replaced - and sooner than you think.



Most voters opposed

Republican giveaways

Regarding the Nov. 25 letter, "More voters favored Democratic giveaways":

What the majority of voters approved was "giveaways" to people of lower income, rather than those government gifts welcomed and received by the more well-to-do.

Those who wanted a different outcome in the presidential election should hearken back to the oft-repeated but seldom-followed "Thy will be done."

That's how I survived the ruin-nation of the Bush/Cheney regime.


Ocean City

Romney also had list

of gifts for his supporters

Regarding the Nov. 25 letter, "More voters favored Democratic giveaways":

May I suggest that most voters favored not giving away $5 trillion to the top 1 percent (Sheldon Adelson spent approximately $34 million supporting this), not giving away the regulation of the mining industry (David and Charles Koch committed millions of dollars to Mitt Romney's campaign for their quid pro quo), not giving away the extra $2 trillion that Romney promised the defense industry and not giving away $716 billion in overpayments to the hospital and insurance industries.

I was happy to see that some Republicans are starting to understand the value of social programs. Here is what Lindsay Graham, R-South Carolina, said on "Meet The Press":

"Most people on public assistance don't have a character flaw, they just have a tough life."


Wildwood Crest

Galloway Twp. layoffs

endanger public services

Despite policy differences, Republicans and Democrats generally agree that government has a duty to its citizens to provide basic services.

As I read that Galloway Township may be laying off about a crew and a half from our already-bare-bones Public Works Department and five officers from our already-stretched-thin Police Department, I worry that our municipal government will no longer be in a position to provide basic services to our people.

We are in tough times, and we all need to tighten our belts. But our government has a responsibility to the citizens and taxpayers of Galloway. Keeping us safe, plowing snow from streets and leaf collection are basic functions of government. At a certain point, we have to stop cutting or else we will have nothing left.

Years ago, our township used to have budget surpluses. As our population grew and more land was developed, Galloway's government still provided basic services to our people to lower crime and make our township more business-friendly.

We need to cut back, yes, but we still need officers to patrol our township and keep us safe. We still need Public Works crews to collect leaves and plow snow. We still need Galloway Township government to work for us, not against us. The fact that we are in such a grave fiscal condition despite our rising taxes should give us all great pause.


Galloway Township

Mike Suleiman is chairman of the Galloway Township Democratic Club.

Rutgers player quote

speaks volumes

As an alumnus of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, it warmed my heart to hear that senior linebacker Khaseen Greene said, "At the end of the day, we ain't winning no Big Ten championship this year."

Just to think that Greene will soon be a graduate of what was once a prestigious school of academics brings tears of joy to my eyes. Me happy.


Egg Harbor City

Meed remembered

as an inspiring teacher

Regarding the recent death of Vladka Meed:

I knew Meed. I was one of the fortunate educators who participated in her "Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust" program and traveled with her and some 42 other teachers to Poland and Israel during the summer of 1992.

We traveled to Auschwitz, Majdanek, and Treblinka, and that experience, while being with her, changed our lives forever. None of us could ever be the same.

She shared what it was like to be an underground courier on both sides of the Warsaw Ghetto. It was an epiphany. She mesmerized us with her charisma, her knowledge, her resilience and her unwavering determination to teach the teachers how to teach the world.

One evening during that study tour, Meed handed me a note on a small piece of white paper, asking me to come up to her room after the program for a "cold Diet Coca Cola drink to celebrate Ben's (her husband's) birthday." It was signed "Vladka." I have always cherished that little note.

The passing of Vladka Meed is a time of extreme mourning for many of us now. She was truly an exceptional human being, who, despite tremendous adversity, lived her life inspiring hundreds of others to believe that the world can be a beautiful place. All one has to do is just look in the right places.