Press of Atlantic City: Press Editorials

Press Editorials

Cape May and Coast Guard show even perfect match can need help

The city of Cape May needs the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center there, that's for sure.

After beating acute pollution, Maurice River faces tougher challenge

The Maurice River epitomizes the conflict in New Jersey between exceptional natural areas and abundant people and industry.

Naturalized citizens happy to be in N.J., which needs them

For an all-smiles event, it's hard to beat a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens.

New Jersey improving its good record on kids with jailed parents

Imprisoning those convicted is usually a just consequence of the crimes they've committed. If they are parents, however, their children also usually suffer. A close and important relationship may be lost, and their living circumstances may be worsened.

Neighboring counties show Atlantic's nongaming tourism opportunity

Cape May County enjoyed record tourism spending of $6 billion last year, driven by a slowly improving U.S. economy, low gasoline prices and exceptionally good weather in summer.

Numbers suggest Weymouth revenue burden needs rebalancing

Weymouth Township is largely a pleasant mix of two quite different kinds of residences.

Consider CRDA's mandate when looking to criticize it

People looking to assign blame for their misfortunes typically are reluctant to look in the mirror, so it's not surprising that in this worst of times for the Atlantic City area, elected officials and some residents are quick to fault the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

S.J. veterans get expanded care from VA, could use more

This has been a great month for South Jersey's veterans, thanks to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Fewer auto crashes just one positive trend for today's teens

There's nothing worse for parents than losing a child, and no danger to teen children greater than motor-vehicle crashes. That means the dramatic reduction in crashes involving New Jersey teens the past several years is great news - and convincing evidence that teen-driving initiatives work and deserve support.

Lower Bank Bridge should have normal fishing access

Some problems take a while to surface. A dispute about fishing from the Lower Bank Bridge over the Mullica River took 24 years to come to a boil - and reveal that state and county governments probably caused the problem.

Coming bail reform looks good, except for bondsmen

In 2014, New Jersey worked out and enacted a nation-leading reform of its bail system for those accused of crimes.

Politicians should quit digging A.C.'s hole deeper

State and local politicians have dragged out the rescue and reorganization of Atlantic City government for so long that they're damaging further the already depressed regional economy.

After unfairly blaming A.C., state finally may let it end lifeguard pensions

For half a year, state leaders have been pointing to Atlantic City lifeguard pensions as what one North Jersey newspaper called a "symbol of extravagance and mismanagement in the near-broke resort town."

Wildwood and others should ban hoverboards, for now

Wildwood said last week it might enact a Boardwalk ban on hoverboards - so-called because the self-balancing scooters resemble floating platforms from science fiction. Officials fear injury to visitors (and liability for injuries) and catastrophic fire to its wooden way.

Will Brown's political gamble pay off, or add to A.C. woes?

Assemblyman Chris Brown's opposition to the bipartisan compromise to rescue and reorganize Atlantic City is risky.

Fund police cameras and test the unfunded mandate panel

The use of dashboard and body cameras by police is widely supported. Police and citizens both like having a camera's view of encounters that typically have few witnesses. Studies have found cameras reduce complaints about police by about two-thirds and cut use of force by police in half.

Reneging on deals makes needed compromise tough

The Legislature might finally act this coming week to prevent insolvent Atlantic City from spiraling into chaos and bankruptcy. The legislators are expected to be done with their budget work and ready to take close and important votes.

EHC officials need to reassure public on police reforms

Mum is not the word, or at least shouldn't be when citizens are told their police department isn't following proper practices on dozens of matters, some of them critical. Yet that was the headline a month after Egg Harbor City residents read about the report.

Vacant-home programs good; time will tell which is better

On a lovely spring day earlier this week, Pleasantville's public works crew cleaned up its popular bike path, preparing it for legions of youngsters who will hit the pedals as the weather warms.

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