Farm work good for kids

Regarding the Feb. 9 story, “Changing climate in D.C. a worry for South Jersey farmers”:

I would like to say, instead of worrying about hiring foreigners, let’s think about hiring the youth of today. Many have expressed a desire to work but state regulations don’t allow them to get a job until they are 16.

Children 12 through 15 are looking for a job. Working on the farm would be ideal. Not only would it keep them out of trouble, they would be earning a paycheck. The money would stay in this country and not be sent to other countries and it would help families in need.

I was raised at a time when this was possible and I worked on farms. It is healthy and something I think children could learn a lot from. Just think of the exercise involved. I am 82 years old and still going strong.

This is something the farmers should consider.

Annette Harrell

Galloway Township

Putin’s apprentice show

Dictator Vladimir Putin’s apprentice program should send a memo to President Donald Trump congratulating him and telling him he’s not fired, that he in fact passed with flying colors.

Ilona Ujhelyi


Restrict smoking further

Atlantic City reeks of cigars. Second-hand smoke continues to take over the streets, even though there are so many laws banning smoking in public places like the parks, restaurants and workplaces. It is a problem at the bus stops as well. Sometimes, the bus is delayed and while waiting at the booth for it somebody will light up a cigarette and pollute the place.

Thousands of adults die each year due to lung cancer from second-hand smoke exposure. Heart diseases contribute tens of thousands more. This is a serious health issue that needs to be addressed.

A public forum is required on the health implications of exposure to second-hand smoke. The police must ensure that people don’t smoke as they move about on the busy streets. It is better to stay at one place and finish a cigarette than to move about with it.

Anita Kwarteng

Egg Harbor Township