Press Editorials

Press Editorials

Friday 05/22/2015
Posted: May 22, 2015
Tough times / There are so many in need, and lots of ways to help

Of all the measures of the economic calamity afflicting Atlantic County, perhaps the most poignant is that more than a third of its residents are receiving some kind of need-based government assistance.

Thursday 05/21/2015
Posted: May 21, 2015
Abandoned homes / Shore has special need for enforcement

Wildwood and Ocean City are preparing to get tough with owners of unused buildings and properties who don't maintain them. That's a good idea anywhere, but a great idea at the shore, where a neglected building and yard can detract from a neighborhood and discourage visitors from returning.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Posted: May 20, 2015
business incentives / Stop and reconsider

This region should welcome state Sen. Raymond Lesniak's proposal to put a moratorium on New Jersey business incentive programs and re-evaluate them. They've worked against the local economy and job market lately, and whether they've worked for the state overall is much debated.

Monday 05/18/2015
Posted: May 18, 2015
Sexting warnings / Set an example too

Perhaps it's just a hyperbolic version of the relatively innocent and natural youthful behavior of "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." But today's high school and even middle school children are using their smartphones to share sexy photos. In an era when such things can last forever and can be misused by anyone if posted to the Internet, that cannot be dismissed as innocent or victimless.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Posted: May 17, 2015
Tax partisans / Failure as usual

Elected state officials don't actually govern much of their time in office. Instead they take positions and float proposals either irrelevant to New Jersey's severe and difficult problems or that have no chance of being enacted.

Friday 05/15/2015
Posted: May 15, 2015
Countywide assessment / Go all the way

This newspaper thinks shared services and government consolidation, in general, are good ideas that can improve efficiency and effectiveness, cutting costs to taxpayers. Businesses constantly strive to better satisfy customers at less cost - why shouldn't governments? Given the severe economic difficulties of this region, reducing the cost of government is a necessity.

Thursday 05/14/2015
Posted: May 14, 2015
Celebrity shark / Tide has turned

In 40 years, the biggest and most fearsome shark has gone from star of human nightmares to idol of office daydreams. That's a makeover worthy of Hollywood, which is appropriate since that's where the story starts.

Wednesday 05/13/2015
Posted: May 13, 2015
Government unions / Collision of interests

As noted here previously, selling or leasing a municipal water utility often results in higher monthly bills for residents, but sometimes a municipality must because it can no longer afford to do otherwise. Atlantic City might be in just that situation - deep in debt and in need of dramatic action to restore its finances to normal.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Posted: May 12, 2015
Wine designations / Too many already

The Napa Valley designation has worked pretty well for the California wineries there. Buy a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with the appellation and you've got a pretty good idea of what you're drinking before you've even pulled the cork.

Monday 05/11/2015
Posted: May 11, 2015
Affordable housing / Part of the answer

The state has a long-standing lack of affordable housing for its poorest residents. That's been the subject of a decades-long fight in which the courts have repeatedly tried to get state and local governments to comply with requirements to provide or even allow sufficient affordable housing.

Sunday 05/10/2015
Posted: May 10, 2015
Oceanfront dunes / Seeing the value

Some residents of the shore don't have to see storm waves crashing through their windows and doors to see the benefit of healthy sand dunes. They're glad to have the protection and even enjoy the wildlife they bring.

Friday 05/08/2015
Posted: May 08, 2015
Bridge scandal / Where's the exit?

OK, it's official. The Gov. Chris Christie administration, in places anyway, was so arrogant and petty that it decided to punish a mayor who didn't endorse his re-election with traffic jams.

Thursday 05/07/2015
Posted: May 07, 2015
Trustee boards / Serious responsibility

The fallout from Stockton University's purchase of an Atlantic City casino with a casino-only deed restriction has cost the university at least two members of its board of trustees. The Association of College Trustees and Alumni points out trustees must understand that their role is crucial to the business of operating a college and they must ask the president questions.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Posted: May 06, 2015
Small business EDA / Sounds redundant

Three members of the state Assembly, including Atlantic County's Vince Mazzeo, have introduced a bill to create a Small Business Action Center within the N.J. Economic Development Authority.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Posted: May 05, 2015
Boardwalk myth / It finally pays off

Apparently Vladimir Lenin was correct that a lie told often enough becomes the truth. Or in the case of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, true enough for $8.8 million.

Monday 05/04/2015
Posted: May 04, 2015
E-cigarettes / Tough to tax

Use of electronic cigarettes is soaring, and smoking of traditional cigarettes is declining. Researchers and regulators are trying to figure out the public health implications, but this much is clear: The change will be bad for state and federal budgets.

Sunday 05/03/2015
Posted: May 03, 2015
Police criticism / Focus on the fixes

Incidents of police use of force locally and across the nation have shown there are serious problems that need to be addressed to ensure law enforcement is fair and does the least harm in carrying out its essential service to society.

Friday 05/01/2015
Posted: May 01, 2015
Crime data / Make it accurate

For decades shore towns complained about how the state Uniform Crime Report made them seem unsafe by failing to take into account their massive number of visitors.

Thursday 04/30/2015
Posted: April 30, 2015
Bader Field / An underwhelming proposal

"Wow" is not the word for the sports proposal for Bader Field in Atlantic City. Far from it.

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