Full report needed

on Mainland crash

Regarding the Aug. 26 story, "Year later, many questions in Mainland crash," about the August 2011 accident on the Garden State Parkway that involved eight Mainland Regional High School students who happened to be football players:

Four students died in the crash. The Mainland community and the families didn't hide from publicity over the past year as, with much fanfare, prayer vigils were held, memorials were made, testimonials were given, a campaign for new football uniforms occurred, and advocacy for a change in driving laws was done. News sources covered June's graduation ceremony, which paid special tribute to the deceased students.

Some of the families filed a tort-claim notice against local and state agencies, reserving the right to file a lawsuit claiming dangerous road conditions as a factor. I found this information surprising based on the general information known about the single-vehicle crash.

Many of the online comments at PressofAtlanticCity.com blasted the article and the reporter. But since the accident, there have been many unanswered questions.

The article seems to indicate that a more thorough investigation needs to be undertaken. If public entities are on notice of being sued, then the public has a right to know the facts. It will be taxes footing the bill if lawsuits continue.

For anyone in the Mainland community to say at this point that the grieving process is a private matter is completely hypocritical. Causes related to this accident were advanced publicly all year long.

MARIAN R. CARLINO

Somers Point

If Romney wins,

the rich will rule

The winners of this presidential election will determine the ideological direction of our nation for years. For the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan camp, that direction would be an elitist, preferential meritocracy controlled by the monied class.

Not since the 1920s has the gap between the rich and poor been so wide. During the past three decades, the average income of our nation's top 1 percent, adjusted for inflation, has risen from just over $1 million to $7.1 million annually. During that same period, the 60 percent representing the middle class have seen a miniscule increase from $44,000 to $57,000. And worst, the bottom 20 percent have shown a paltry increase from $15,500 to $17,000.

Between 1979 and 2007, 88 percent of the economy's income gains went to the top 1 percent. In "The Twilight of the Elites," Harvard's Chris Hayes writes, "The last three decades of accelerating inequality have produced a deformed social order and a set of elites who cannot help but be dysfunctional and corrupt."

If the government were to implement the austere budget proposal Ryan submitted last April, widespread dysfunction and corruption will be the very least of our problems. With his proposed evisceration of Medicaid and Medicare, funeral parlors and graveyards would be a very good investment for entrepreneurs.

You can see the influence of the above figures in the caste-like ideology of the upper classes, as the reality of historical materialism outlines the struggle of the lower classes. And still the House voted to continue the Bush tax cuts for the rich. It pains me how the rich, who have the ability to promote economic parity, reprove the poor and blame them for their own wretchedness.

It is of vital importance that voters do their own homework and not rely on Fox, CNN or MSNBC to think for them. That can be very dangerous.

EDSEL COATES

Atlantic City

Obama easy to support

over these Republicans

Regarding the Aug. 27 letter, "How can so many support Obama?":

Very easily, when one considers the concrete wall of obstructionism in the Congress that President Barack Obama was faced with upon taking office.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said his "single most important" goal was to limit Obama to one term. In order to do this, Republicans resisted any and all proposals introduced by the president. As a consequence, this Congress has one of the worst records of accomplishment in the history of our country.

Despite that blockage, the president accomplished many good things that the writer totally ignores. Yes, in doing so he may have had help from the unions. But from the tone of this letter, it is apparent that the writer didn't live through the days before the unions became effective.

Contrast this with the Republicans (and some Democrats) who are bought and paid for by corporations and the super rich in order to beat down the middle class. And all this just so Obama does not serve a second term and, perhaps, so they don't have to pay their fair share in taxes.

If the electorate is asleep at the wheel, then we might just get Mitt Romney, who can't decide which shoe goes on which foot in the morning, and Paul Ryan, who is against women's rights on abortion and the Medicare program that can help so many people who need the help.

SHERMAN MILLER

Sea Isle City

Immigration concerns

are about economics

Regarding the Aug. 28 letter, "Americans fear people of color," which said that no one seems concerned about illegal immigrants coming across our northern border:

I would just like to point out that most people who live in Canada would not want to live here. I never heard of someone who lives north of our border needing to escape a poverty-stricken land and corruption-filled government.

The people from the south want for free what you and I work for - housing, health care, etc. People in Canada already get government health care.

And don't even get me started on the human- and drug-trafficking epidemic from our south. So, sir, this is not a race/color issue. It is a socioeconomic/common-sense issue.

WILLIAM HOLT

Little Egg Harbor Township

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