Let craft breweries give customers what they want

David P. Rible, director of New Jersey’s Alcoholic Beverage Control, is going to have to change his bio. At the ABC website it says he is business friendly, so why did he hand down all the new regulations for craft breweries?

New limits on the number of events and parties a craft brewery can host, now suspended, are not business friendly either. Breweries were happy with the freedom to give their customers what they actually wanted. When people are free to make their own choices, they are more motivated and prosperous.

Rible seems to feel basic freedom is dangerous. Also, according to the suspended rules, breweries couldn’t have restaurant menus available for takeout. I cannot find a single person who doesn’t think all of this is completely pointless. All this begs the question of who influenced Rible to make this damaging special ruling.

Evan Shea

Galloway Township

Many clergy also suffer for the crimes of some

Regarding the recent letter, “Bible backs holding pope accountable in scandal”:

The letter purports to tell the truth regarding sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The writer quotes scripture. Scripture can be used selectively to justify almost any point of view. Even Satan quotes scripture in Matthew 4:16. The writer then declares the confessional “unbiblical” and contributing to abuse. Unbiblical? See Matthew 16:19, where Christ gives to Peter the Office of the Keys.

As a member of the Lutheran clergy for more than 50 years, it has often been my responsibility to hear the confessions of people troubled by specific sins and to offer counsel and absolution. This is in obedience to Christ’s command.

Over the years I have come to know many Roman Catholic clergy. They have been colleagues and friends. The overwhelming majority faithfully mediate the love of God through pastoral care, preaching and teaching, and the Eucharist. They also are victims of the misdeeds of some among them. They are worthy of our prayers and support rather than suspicion and condemnation.

The writer refers to scripture about eternal judgment. Those who commit crimes and those who cover up the crimes must face criminal and civil judgment and penalties for things to begin to be made right. But eternal judgment belongs to God alone. As Christians, can we not agree that we all are sinners in need of a Savior?

Rev. Henry A. Ireland

Dennis Township

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