There appears to be a disgusting parallel between what’s occurring with a bullying and hazing inquiry at Wall Excessive College and what’s occurring politically with GOP violence and rise of the correct.
It was very unhappy to learn the story about Eric Duchak (“Former Wall HS student says school has been plagued by bullying issues for years”) and what occurred to him 25 years in the past. I used to be additionally unhappy that the article didn’t point out “a number of sexual assaults towards feminine college students on the faculty” till the very finish.
What soccer groups primarily appear to have going for them is the power to boost funds, however this sport seems to pander to a male want for violence. And, the extension of this into hazing by gamers towards each other that resembles sexual assaults suggests fears in regards to the perpetrators’ personal sexuality or manhood.
Colleges are rounding up 8-year-olds to play on soccer groups with gear that appears fairly skilled and are taught to run into each other as laborious as doable, to knock heads and throw themselves on the opposing participant till they bring about him down. Evaluate that with enjoying tennis or lacrosse and what’s being discovered in these sports activities.
I think about there are lots of extra Eric Duchaks on the market. I feel they have to be discovered to wish to assist shield this era of youngsters on the faculty. Clearly, the Wall school board hasn’t been successful, if, certainly, that they had been making an attempt.
I applaud the rapid reporting and posting of a video of considered one of these current incidents by dad and mom, and the principal’s choice to alert police and different authorities instantly. That’s the best way it ought to be completed.
Barbara Briemer, Westfield
Chilly response to these left homeless by rockslide
When our group of West Orange residents, displaced by a rockslide within the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, met with township officers within the presence of the press, clergy, and different authorities officers, we had been instructed we might be housed till we discovered new locations to stay. We had been evacuated from our properties in the course of the evening.
Mayor Robert Parisi mentioned that we might not be left homeless and the township would cowl our stays in momentary housing till we might discover longer-term preparations. He mentioned it might be for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days or no matter it takes. We had been so grateful to have that sense of safety.
We don’t get pleasure from dwelling in lodge rooms. We’re not dwelling excessive off the hog. We’re diligently trying to find properties. Because of the just lately ended eviction moratorium and chilly climate season, discovering housing is troublesome. A few of us who’ve signed leases can not transfer in till the top of December or early January. We signed these leases based mostly on what we had been instructed.
There isn’t a sense of entitlement or lack of gratitude right here. We’re grateful. We simply weren’t instructed the reality and the rug is being pulled from underneath our ft proper earlier than what we might have been in a position to make of the vacations.
We perceive that there is no such thing as a simple repair, however we’re not the villains, and when somebody makes a promise, they need to hold it.
Charity Bracey, West Orange
Sweeney’s been champion for developmentally disabled
As we strategy Thanksgiving, The Arc of New Jersey wish to categorical our gratitude for state Senate President Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and all he has completed throughout his tenure as a legislator to enhance the lives of individuals with mental and developmental disabilities. (Sweeney misplaced a reelection bid for his Senate seat.)
The time period “champion” will not be sturdy sufficient to explain simply how instrumental Sweeney has been in transferring New Jersey ahead in the case of incapacity points. He led the best way for folks with mental and developmental disabilities on the whole lot from employment, to transportation, to entry to group providers and equal rights.
Due to Sweeney, a New Jersey resident can’t be denied an organ donation if they’ve considered one of these disabilities. Due to him, this state not makes use of the “R” phrase when referring to folks with mental and developmental disabilities. And, due to Sweeney, many state budgets included funding to deal with chronically low wages for the direct help skilled workforce.
It was at all times the senator’s objective to make New Jersey a greater place to stay for folks with mental and developmental disabilities. I can say with out reservation that he succeeded. These represented by The Arc of New Jersey thank him for that.
Thomas Baffuto, govt director, The Arc of New Jersey
Thanks for belief on this lawmaker trio
We wish to thank the voters of the twenty fourth Legislative District for the belief they’ve positioned in us by means of our reelection. Ours was a hard-fought marketing campaign, and we thank all of those that participated within the electoral course of.
Whereas we’re disenchanted that our buddy Jack Ciattarelli got here up quick in his marketing campaign for governor, we’re pleased with the election ends in Sussex, Warren and Morris counties. These residents need us to deal with the problems they care about — property tax aid and general affordability, defending scholar and parental rights in our college programs, and investigating the 8,000 nursing residence deaths that we attribute to the present Phil Murphy administration.
We’re happy with our file of accomplishment and stay up for constructing on our successes for the advantage of our district and our state. We may also proceed to supply first-class constituent service by means of our district workplace.
State Sen. Steve Oroho, and Assemblymen Parker House and Hal Wirths
Notice: The three Republicans lawmakers symbolize parts of Morris, Sussex and Warren counties.
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