Mooney is bad choice
for Galloway Twp.
In the past two years, Galloway Township has been the laughingstock of Atlantic County due to the dysfunction on Township Council and in the township administration. Galloway is also in a deep financial hole from reckless spending in the years when the local economy was in good shape, and the town was receiving large sums of money generated by fees paid by developers.
For eight years, Township Council has been controlled and mismanaged by the Republicans. Now their candidate is John Mooney, the former Atlantic City police chief. He has a lawsuit pending against Atlantic City resulting from when he resigned because he was being demoted from chief to deputy chief and was being replaced by a public safety director. One of his last acts as chief was to forbid his officers from speaking to the public safety director, exposing them to possible discipline for insubordination.
Meanwhile, when he was promoted to chief in 2006, he collected more than $250,000 for unused leave.
Gov. Chris Christie has been an outspoken critic of this kind of payout to people who leave office with large pensions and lifetime health benefits after having earned a very good salary paid by taxpayer dollars.
Why would Galloway taxpayers want Mooney, knowing his attitude? It's time to stop the circus in Galloway.
Romney tax plan
puts corporations first
The Tax Policy Center reports that at the corporate level, Mitt Romney's tax plan would make two major changes: Reduce the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. And make the research and experimentation credit permanent. It would also extend for one year the full expensing of capital expenditures and allow a "tax holiday" for the repatriation of corporate profits held overseas.
When Romney said, "Corporations are people, my friend," he was making an understatement - and he knows it. Individual rights are superceded when our plutocracy has more power than the people and its compromised representatives in government.
That's why we continue to have oil subsidies and use gasoline engines, initiate unprovoked wars and build military bases all over the world, deny global warming and deny Ron Paul any chance of succeeding on the GOP ticket.
But of all the subsidies that the U.S. awards, Romney is targeting the one that makes up 100th of 1 percent of the budget - the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. How bold, how courageous is the paper dragon, still bullying the little guys and feigning great courage and bravery.
Stable funding needed
to preserve farmland
As the president of New Jersey Farm Bureau, I would like to congratulate our state for preserving 200,000 acres of farmland under the Department of Agriculture's nationally recognized farmland preservation program. This is a significant milestone that will ensure this land will remain in agriculture production for decades to come.
Yet as we celebrate this achievement, it is important to recognize that we need to do more. New Jersey has many more thousands of acres of farmland that need to be preserved to secure a viable land base for the agriculture industry. A stable source of funding for long-term interests would serve the state very well.
By continuing our legacy of farmland preservation, we can ensure our agriculture industry remains strong and our families continue to have access to a local supply of fresh farm products. In addition, we can protect the working landscapes that our farms provide - and that are appreciated by residents and visitors alike - and we can help maintain our freshwater supply.
Preserved farmland open space is privately owned and therefore maintained at no cost to the taxpayer. Farmland preservation in New Jersey has always enjoyed strong public and bipartisan support, which has helped get us to where we are today. I thank Gov. Chris Christie's administration as well as Senate President Stephen Sweeney and the Legislature for their ongoing leadership in preserving our farms, and I look forward to working together to keep New Jersey green and prosperous well into the future.
New Jersey Farm Bureau
The first debate was a disappointment because the candidates didn't tackle tough questions about the environment.
Mitt Romney was so irresponsible in declaring he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. There are valid reasons why it was not OK'd by the current administration. It represents going backward in energy production. The harm that could be caused to the lands through which the pipeline would run, both in construction and potential mishaps, could be devastating.
All taxpayers felt the blow when the funding for solar power was misappropriated due to corruption, but that is no reason to abandon sound solar subsidies. After what the bankers did most of us still have bank accounts, and now there is comprehensive oversight regarding banking practices. Let's pursue clean energy with the same intensity by providing oversight and regulation so the alternative-energy industry can be given the same opportunities as the dirty-energy companies.
By the way, what an oxymoron "clean coal" is. Saying stuff doesn't make it so.