Price doesn’t matter in Ocean City lot purchase

The recent articles on Ocean City’s purchase of a former car dealer property seem to miss the point. It is unlikely, barring a major fire, that a parcel of that size will ever be for sale in Ocean City again.

Five years from now know one will even remember what was paid for the lot. Example: Ten years ago the city could have purchased the lot at 11th and Ocean, a large parcel that was priced between $3 million and $4 million. They didn’t buy it and it has since become a huge source of aggravation to the city and surrounding properties. And the most recent number as to the value of that property is $8 million to $10 million.

When something, be it land or otherwise, is one of a kind, it usually is more expensive. The question should be whether a developer would be willing to pay $9 million for the lot in an open bidding war with other developers. The old saying that “the quality lingers on and the price is soon forgotten” seems to apply here.

Richard King Sr.

Ocean City

Fight domestic violence

Every nine seconds on average a woman is violently abused by her spouse or partner, and nearly 50 percent of the violence spills over to their children. On July 16, the New Jersey courts along with The Press held a domestic violence conference searching for more solutions. The conference was very knowledgeable and I was privileged to play a small part.

I will continue to say, let’s have the conversation and deal with every hidden aspect of domestic violence. Because our children are the most vulnerable victims, and their underdeveloped brains cannot deal with the stressors from witnessing their mothers being abused. The fear, shame and helplessness children experience can stay with them for a lifetime, and sadly some develop PTSD and other mental illnesses.

Will better laws, policies and procedures solve domestic violence in the 21st century? As a survivor, I’m a firm believer in a healthy environment and believe children should be permanently removed from an abusive environment.

Valeria Marcus

Atlantic City

Need casino job guarantee

I was happy to learn that some of my fellow workers at the former Trump Plaza received severance pay. Non-union casino employees never did. It was awful that our departments were not part of a union.

We all thought our jobs would always be there for us. Now we are a part of a lost era in the history of Atlantic City, an era in which the promises to our parents for voting yes to allow gaming were never fulfilled.

I and many others have moved on. My only wish is that something like this never happens again. Casino employees must learn from the past and organize some kind of group that would guarantee someone another casino job nearby, thus making one feel that they have a career.

Michael Clemente

Las Vegas

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