April 2018 Letters to the Editor

It’s been a busy “letter to the editor” season this month, so rather than inundate your inbox, newsletter, or social media feed with them all, we’ve made a round-up! Feel free to re-post or email any of the individual letters. Thanks for bearing with us!

Signed, The Editor 😉  (Mary Galioto, Hopewell Borough)

Misrepresentations in the Hopewell Affordable Housing Debate  (DATE: 4/11/18)

“Recently, Hopewell Township residents Harvey Lester and Cheryl Edwards made misleading claims about affordable housing in the Township. Mr. Lester claimed that the Zaitz development at the Route 31 Circle would have 540 houses….” For more, see this link.

Misinformation About Affordable Housing and Transparency (DATE: 4/11/18)

“There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation related to the Township Committee around two related but different topics – affordable housing, and, transparency…” For more, see this link.

Mayor Kuchinski Setting the Record Straight on Township Finances (DATE: 4/12/18)

Letters to the Editor are an important opportunity for the community to voice their opinions and concerns about issues that affect them. The public assumes the information conveyed through these letters to be accurate when in fact sometimes the content is not accurate and is in fact misleading or patently incorrect. For more, see this link.

Setting the Record Straighter (DATE: 4/15/18)

“In his Letter to the Editor, Mayor Kuchinski claims to “set the record straight” on finances and Affordable Housing.  Regarding the $12 million Surplus that he inherited at the close of 2015, Mayor Kuchinski writes that his current $10.8 million Surplus is “35% higher…” For more, see this link.

Above and Beyond (DATE 4/19/18)

“Another Hopewell Township Committee Meeting, another round of vitriolic public comment, and yet another antacid (or three) required after listening to the same people disrupt the meeting by kibitzing audibly in the back of the room and speaking out of order…” For more, see this link.

Sewers Lined with Gold (DATE: 4/20/18)

“The public asks questions… Mayor Kuchinski rarely answers them. So, I will ask my questions here. Mayor Kuchinski continues to emphasize that the Township Committee had no meaningful alternative to signing with a developer…” For more, see this link.

2018 Hopewell Township Budget by Deputy Mayor Blake (4/26/18)

“On April 23rd, the Hopewell Township Committee voted to approve our 2018 budget. I am proud that our municipal budget in 2018 will be kept to a disciplined and responsible 2.48% increase that will result in less than a one cent increase in the tax levy…” For more see, this link.


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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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