Webb space views affirm what a focused America can do | Letters


I recently read an article about Mark Finchem, a Michigan native who is running for Secretary of State from Arizona. Finchem is said to have a “deep distrust” of the federal government. He is not alone, as the events of January 6, 2021 so clearly showed.

Many conservatives — and even liberals — have deep suspicions about the motives and size of the federal government. They believe that states and individuals can do things better, including deciding how a woman controls her body.

But then, as many of us have done, I sat back and marveled at the scale and grandeur of the images coming from the James Webb Space Telescope. We almost go back to the beginning of time with images so clear they practically take your breath away.

The Webb Telescope is an example of what the full force of the federal government can do when it combines its scientific and organizational skills and resources toward a common goal of expanding humanity. It makes me proud to be an American and it makes me proud that we have the best government in the world. And that tells me that we can tackle other tough issues if we pull together, focus, and get things done.

Unlike people like Finchem, I see the strength and benefit of seeing the federal government achieve great things that no state or individual could ever do.

James V. Gruber, Washington (Sussex County)

Casinos have made things better for most AC residents

Regarding the recent article, “A tale of 2 cities”, which compared the glitz of Atlantic City’s casino districts to the daily struggles of many of the city’s residents:

I was Director of Human Resources when Bally’s Park Place opened in 1979 and spent 10 years there in Human Resources Management.

The Atlantic City Casino Association has fulfilled its commitment to revitalizing the resort town by providing thousands of well-paying jobs, job training, and a special focus on employment for city residents. The casinos have also made a substantial investment in public housing for the benefit of Atlantic City residents.

Atlantic City’s hotel casinos implemented Las Vegas pay rates for workers from day one in the 1970s, even though Las Vegas had a mature industry with 30 years of experience.

The decline in the number of non-casino food and beverage establishments in Atlantic City can be attributed to the higher pay rates enjoyed by casino employees, which many local establishments could not compete with.

The purchasing power of casino employees has had a positive ripple effect on the local economy, and that doesn’t take into account the millions of dollars that casinos spend each year on local goods and services.

The claim that Atlantic City residents have seen virtually no benefit from casinos is simply not true.

Don Buzney, Brunswick East

Would Oz have split loyalties?

In all the uproar over the fact that U.S. Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz, was a New Jersey baggage handler raised in Paul Mulshine’s column (“Oz is in the running, but can he outrun Trump?” July 14), a bigger issue was overlooked — his dual Turkish nationality, according to his biography.

Born here to Turkish nationals, Oz was entitled to dual American and Turkish citizenship. When he turned 18, Oz fulfilled his military obligations – with the Turkish army, not the American army. Currently, the United States enjoys cordial relations with Turkey, but Turkey is at odds with some of our closest allies: it is challenging Israel’s ownership of gas wells in the Mediterranean and is violating NATO rules by buying weapons from Russia.

There is no reason to doubt Dr. Oz’s loyalty to America. However, US senators are privy to state secrets and senators vote on treaties and foreign aid. It would be reassuring to know that no senator has split loyalties.

Unfortunately, the Constitution is silent on senatorial dual nationality.

Dr. Oz could solve this problem by renouncing his Turkish citizenship. So why didn’t he?

Shirley Allen, Hopewell Township

Note: Oz has stated that he will renounce his Turkish citizenship if he wins election to the Senate.

No medals for Pence

During a recent select committee hearing on Jan. 6, Donald Trump’s White House lawyer Pat Cipollone suggested that Vice President Mike Pence should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for not throwing out votes. voters who certified the election of Joe Biden.

Absolutely not.

A day when Pence does his ceremonial job of announcing the electoral vote total does not equal the other 1,460 days of the Trump presidency, when Pence backed him up and remained silent, knowing all his conspiracy theories and lies. .

Yes, the vice president was under pressure from Trump to void the election, as well as threats from the Capitol crowd, but that still doesn’t qualify him for the medal.

All Capitol Police officers who fought the Capitol Rioters under extremely harsh conditions should receive medals or some form of equivalent recognition. They were heavily outnumbered on January 6 but fought bravely. At least four people died that day and a policeman later died after being injured. One hundred and forty officers were injured and many will be scarred for life, both mentally and physically.

Give them the recognition they deserve.

Ed Vreeswyck, Yardville

Don’t curse educators for being educated

The Star-Ledger recently published a 2,000-word analysis of The Washington Post with the headline, “The Elite Are Increasingly Dominating Academia.”

Isn’t that redundant?

Writer Andrew Van Dam essentially defines “elites” as people with a college degree. Universities employ people with advanced degrees to teach and do research. Why is this shocking?

The article goes on to refine the “elites” as the children of graduate parents, who themselves graduate. And, what is the threat of this growing group within universities? Oh good?

Over the generations, a university degree was the goal of parents for the success of their children. Well, they all succeeded. Why is this result a threat? Only to extreme right people. Or the children who blame their parents for having succeeded.

The article discusses the challenges faced in getting low-income and minority students in college to become scholars, particularly in economics. It is plausible that they lack educational access and experiences, so these are issues.

But it is counterproductive to curse educators for being educated and then ask them and others to help educate others and even to become educators themselves. It’s division as a form of persuasion, and I’m sick of it.

Herb Johnson, Ewing

Trump PAC monetized Ivana’s death

Ivana Trump passed away, and it’s sad, and I feel compassion for her children.

But, a Donald Trump PAC then used the former president’s sympathetic message about his first wife to to collect funds.

Once a scammer, always a scammer.

Jessica Lawrence, Denville

Back to school for ticketed drivers?

I have a request for our legislators in Trenton: how about passing a law giving the police the power to issue a ticket to bad drivers that will require them to take driving lessons?

No fines are imposed, but offenders must pay for driving lessons and then present proof to a judge that they have taken the course. It is quite obvious that so many drivers in New Jersey ignore our laws. Improving their driving skills will save lives, reduce accidents, reduce traffic congestion and help lower insurance costs.

Tom Scott, Spottswood

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