Independent Opinion

Murphy, legislators enact significant laws under cover of pandemic

By Marc Gaswirth Soon after the nightmarish effects of the coronavirus pandemic subside, school district administrators may ask themselves this question: Where is Chris Christie...

It is time to rethink public utilities

By Kin Gee More than 1.4 million homes and businesses experienced a power outage in the wake of tropical storm Isaias. In particular, more than...

Two incidents grabbed public’s attention at outbreak of pandemic

At the start of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in March, Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal decided they needed...

Residents will feel sting of losing homestead benefit

I noticed my township’s website recently notified residents that the state will not be giving residents the second quarter homestead benefit to real estate...
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Comet Neowise illustrates the importance of dark skies

Since the earliest days of human civilization, the night sky has been a source of fascination and mystery. Ancient star-gazers saw human and animal...

Holmdel group shows appreciation for police

On Independence Day 2020, more than 80 Chinese American families in Holmdel arranged a “Police Appreciation Week” to show gratitude to the police force...

State is correct to do away with title of freeholder

I applaud Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed bill to change the freeholder title to commissioner. In 1776 by definition, a freeholder was an elected official...

State’s position amounts to grand-standing

The announcement that the state has decided to change the title of county freeholders, in the middle of a pandemic, is mind-blowing. This is...

New report on plastics refutes false claims on reusables

We are in the middle of a health emergency, however, what happens to the environment still matters. Plastics are still getting into our waterways...

Opinion: We must protect cancer patients during COVID-19 pandemic

I’m a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, writing on behalf of cancer survivors and their caregivers. I write out of concern for this...

A message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing. Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s...
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NJSIAA begins to plan for students’ return to high school sports in New Jersey

By Mary Liz Ivins In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we...

Resident identifies issue for food stamp recipients

Food banks are overwhelmed, while thousands of dollars sit unused in people's food stamp accounts, because New Jersey is one of only two states...

Opinion: Chelsea Senior Living has 30-year history of caring for seniors

Chelsea Senior Living operates 21 assisted living residences in New Jersey and New York. During the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, our senior population has been...

Governor’s order changes date of primary election

Executive Order No. 120 signed by Gov. Phil Murphy has postponed the 2020 primary election from June 2 to July 7 in response to...

Library staff is serving the public during pandemic

Reports from the professional staff at last week’s meeting of the Monmouth County Library Commission, conducted via conference call, were a vivid and outstanding testimony...
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Opinion: Postal employees ask for communities to observe social distancing during deliveries

During these challenging times, postal employees are working hard to ensure residents stay connected with their world through the mail. Whether it’s medications, a...

Opinion: First responders deserve line of duty death benefits due to coronavirus crisis

As a matter of practice, policy and procedure, the vast majority of law enforcement agencies provide for certain employment benefits for all sworn personnel,...
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