Self-blame is over for sexual harassment

Regarding the Dec. 19 digital comment, “What I don’t get is why people say nothing for years and as soon as someone comes forward, they come out of the woodwork.”

The commenter asks why women are coming out now about sexual harassment. Anita Hill told her story of sexual abuse by Clarence Thomas and he was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice anyway.

When women joined the workforce, men assumed they wanted to play. And girls were raised to be compliant, nice, polite. My mother, in her 1950s mentality, admonished me for directing a kids game with “You know, nobody likes a bossy girl.” So we put up with the crude, the rude and the jerks because if we left that job, there would be the same attitude and treatment at the next. It was pervasive.

Watch “Mad Men.” That was what women walked into when they went to work. Being labeled a bitch didn’t get you good references or promotions. If a woman wanted a career, she kept her mouth shut. There were no regulations in place to protect employees. There was no place to go for help. Put up or shut up. And power was the ticket.

Women quickly look inside of themselves to see what they coulda, shoulda, woulda done differently to have prevented the behavior. However, when Donald Trump openly bragged about his behavior, a long burning fuse finally hit its mark. He admitted to doing to women what they were blaming themselves for happening. He believes his celebrity, power and wealth gives him the right! Self-blame is over. It’s not our fault after all.

Valerie George

Galloway Township

Legalizing pot conflicts with fighting opioids

No candidate for public office will ever please all of the people all of the time. That said, candidates campaign on a platform that represents their beliefs and those of their party.

It is beyond my comprehension how anyone who votes has not taken the initiative or the time to explore the candidates and know and understand what their campaign promises are.

Our new Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has stated he wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He wants to legalize recreational marijuana and make New Jersey a sanctuary state. Each of these issues is an immediate no vote for me. However, the voters of New Jersey have given his platform the green light to proceed.

We have been told by our elected officials and the medical community that we are having an opioid crisis, which is escalating and killing citizens on a daily basis. We are told we need millions of dollars to deal with this. Meanwhile, Murphy wants to legalize recreational marijuana. Is this an oxymoron or is he planning to use the tax dollars obtained from the revenue to help pay for the opioid crisis?

I don’t see the sanity in fighting an opioid epidemic while legalizing marijuana.

Eileen G. Wood

Egg Harbor Township

Jesus remains relevant

In this modern society, Jesus has been set aside as irrelevant by increasing numbers of individuals. I do not believe in, nor more importantly, feel a sense of irrelevance.

Quite the opposite, Jesus remains relevant, his teachings being formative of the fundamental ethics that guide our lives and behavior.

Jesus taught that his father above loves all people regardless of their shortcomings, a somewhat radical concept for his time. He taught that by tending to the least of us, one’s spirit trickles upward, permeating all of our daily precepts and actions, thus expanding, by example, human goodness, even if in small, seemingly insignificant amounts, which, all together, powerfully accumulate.

Jesus tapped into the part of an inborn human spirituality that cannot be taught, but can be influenced, and that is why his memory still prevails over all these centuries. So for yet another year, his birthday gives me a sense of peace and comfort, during a difficult purgatory-like journey back to my everlasting home.

Owen Sheekey


Nuclear power risky, costly

History is repeating itself. When we lived in Pennsylvania, the Limerick nuclear generation plant was built by Philadelphia Electric, a unit of PECO. Thereafter, PECO customers saw their electric rates soar although they were promised nuclear would save money.

PECO is now Exelon. Incidentally, while serving on an evacuation committee, I learned that 75 percent of the Limerick plant’s output was being purchased for New York.

Now Atlantic City Electric’s parent company, Pepco Holdings, has been purchased by Exelon.

There are lots of TV ads about how we need nuclear power, a clean source of energy. Seldom mentioned is that nuclear waste is still on site at Limerick. Radioactive spent rods are stockpiled there even though residents were promised they would be stored at Yucca Mountain. Nevada has rejected their storage there.

Spent rods are extremely dangerous and their radioactivity has a half-life of thousands of years. Wish the Legislature here in New Jersey would show concern about this aspect. Plus, why dump the subsidy on the backs of ratepayers?

Jacqueline Crahalla