McQueen has ideas,

faith in Atlantic City

After following the Atlantic City mayoral race and listening to the candidates, I had decided not to vote at all, until one of the candidates came to my door.

John McQueen Jr. explained some of his ideas on how to protect our citizens, visitors and our police and firefighters with a drone program, which I found fascinating. He talked about employing seniors and residents with his new senior registry and his self-generating revenue programs, which will reduce taxes while employing people who want to work.

I could tell he was very intelligent and knowledgeable, but it was what he said after we spoke that convinced me that this is a man our city needs to lead us. He said faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. I know this passage from Hebrews 11:1. He said we have lost faith in our leaders and lost hope in our city, but he asked for just a little faith in ourselves and in him, because with that faith we can move mountains together and bring our city back.

I would say to all of my brothers and sisters, no matter what your religion, let us exercise our faith and vote for John McQueen.


Atlantic City

Thanks for switching

to blinking traffic lights

Thank you, Longport and Margate, for recently switching your traffic lights over to blinking yellow lights. This is a great help, and it not only saves time but also money.

Seems a shame other towns can't take a hint.


Somers Point

Flashing yellow lights

help in off-season

In the off-season, Margate and Longport turn their traffic lights on Atlantic Avenue to flashing yellow. With the reduction of traffic in the off-season, that is all that is needed.

Coming from Atlantic City, I drive trying to make the lights. I find that when I reach Margate, I actually slow down. I don't have to race the lights, and I feel much safer on this stretch. Thanks, Margate.



If only bicyclists

actually obeyed law

Regarding the Sept. 13 letter, "N.J. law gives bicyclists the same rights as motorists":

The writer cites a statute that allows cyclists to ride two abreast as long as they are not impeding traffic. The conclusion of that sentence is the key.

My neighborhood is a frequent route for cyclists. Unfortunately, there is no shoulder on the road, so cyclists have no choice but to occupy a lane of traffic. I have never encountered any cyclists on my street able to ride at a speed that does not impede the flow of traffic, and yet they constantly ride two and sometimes even three abreast. If a car comes up behind them, and they do not convert to single file with extreme haste, they are impeding traffic and therefore breaking the law.

Sadly, I have rarely witnessed riders following the aforementioned procedure in my neighborhood. Instead, drivers are forced to either slam on the brakes and crawl behind the cyclists or swerve into the oncoming lane.

The writer gives every indication that he is a responsible rider who knows and abides by the law. However, despite his assertion that "the vast majority of us follow the rules of the road," this has not been my experience.

In a nation plagued by obesity, I admire anyone who engages in exercise, including cyclists. But it would be beneficial to all if more obeyed the law so clearly described by the letter writer.


Cape May Court House

We must all help

fight drug addiction

Regarding the Sept. 6 story, "Forum places a tragic face on drug addiction":

Three years ago, I lost my brother-in-law to a heroin overdose. I was 17 years old and was overwhelmed by the news, because all the while I had believed he was getting clean.

It is so easy for drug addicts to say they are getting clean, but they often fail to keep things under control when they step out of the rehabilitation center or support group.

Relapsing is as easy as making a quick text or phone call to their dealer. So what are we doing to stop the dealers, or the suppliers or the makers? Are we going to continue to let them win?

Heroin is the most common drug used in New Jersey, stronger and cheaper than other drugs. However, one fact that most people do not understand is that trying heroin just once will have anyone hooked.

New Jersey needs our help as community members to speak up and help law enforcement to stop the source of illegal drugs. Even if it is just an anonymous tip to the police, every little bit can help. I know this can be scary, but what if it saves someone's life?




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