Improve, eventually replace Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Regarding the recent editorial, “Funding tourism improvements would increase state revenue”:

The editorial’s views on increasing Atlantic City tourism sound sensible and, hopefully, the proposals will help. Unfortunately, increasing tourism through air and rail transportation to Atlantic City has not materially improved visitations in the past. In fact, regularly scheduled airline services (other than Spirit Airlines) for the Atlantic City airport, even those that were subsidized, have failed.

However, making the Atlantic City destination more attractive to visitors should create the increased demand to visit Atlantic City that would help support air and rail services. The casino hotel properties and Stockton University have done more than their share. I suggest that improving and replacing the shabby looking Atlantic City Boardwalk might also help.

Visitors and Boardwalk merchants complain constantly about the deterioration and dangerous nature of the Boardwalk that causes pedestrians and bicycles to fall and incur injuries. The boards are loose and in need of repair and replacement. Although it will be expensive, improving the Boardwalk will dress up the city and, hopefully, avoid or reduce injuries to pedestrians and bikers. The process could start by immediately screwing down the many loose boards and replacing the rotted wood slats over a period of time. Starting the improvements to the Boardwalk would at least let visitors know of Atlantic City’s good intentions in making their visits to safer and more enjoyable.

Alan C. Staller

Atlantic City

Celibacy remains path to fulfilling spiritual love

Regarding the recent letter, “Let priests marry to solve church problem”:

If the Catholic Church addressed its clergy abuse problem by ordaining married men, that would open up another can of worms: the 50 percent divorce rate in U.S. marriages. Infidelity, promiscuity and selfishness in marriage lead to divorce.

St. John Paul II in his Theology of the Body described the celibacy to which I and many others witness today. While many look for love in all the wrong places, the celibate gives witness to the value of looking for love in the right place: spiritual, mystical intimacy with God, which leads to the intimacy of love in heaven promised by Christ to all who follow his way. John Paul taught that the design of our bodies witnesses to an intimacy beyond that of marriage. That corresponds to the teaching of St. Paul, who tells us that earthly marriage is modeled on the mystical love of the bridegroom, Christ, for his bride, the church.

Christ said in an answer to a trick question from the Pharisees that “there is no marriage in heaven.” St. Augustine taught us therefore that “you have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” No love on this Earth, therefore, even the love in a good marriage, can ever fulfill us like the love God has promised us in heaven. I think that kind of celibacy is worth witnessing to.

Rev. Henry J. Hutchins

Galloway Township

A.C. failing to run flood-control unit properly

I live across the street from the newly constructed pumping station at the canal in Gardner’s Basin. One early morning I witnessed the third significant flooding since the pump supposedly became operational. This occurred because either the pumps were not activated or the water lock was not opened to allow rain water to drain.

This is incompetence at the highest level. I’m sure Atlantic City public works, fire and emergency management officials are well compensated, but they have failed miserably with the oversight of this project. By not utilizing this new technology they have created a public safety hazard, damage to private and public property and have wasted millions in taxpayer money.

I’m sure if these officials lived across the street from the pumping station it would be firing on all cylinders at the first drop of rain or flood tide. The city should get it together or get someone in place who actually knows how to operate this thing.

Richard Ciabattoni

Atlantic City

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