Letters to the Editor: Week of October 28, 2018

Letters to the Editor: Week of October 28, 2018

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The following are letters to the editor submitted to MercerMe. Please note, election season submission deadlines: the last date for LTEs for the election was October 26. Rebuttals will be accepted until November 1.

Bluffing Through the Debate

Another October, another underwhelming Republican performance at the League of Women Voters’ Candidates Forum on Tuesday October 16. Largely absent on the campaign trail, the Republican candidate Ed “Jack” Jackowski showed up for the debate and read his prepared remarks. Unfortunately for him, his response to the moderator’s questions revealed his lack of preparation for a position on the Hopewell Township Committee. To continue reading, click this link.

Support for Blake for Township Committee

Three years ago, Julie Blake was a name on a flyer on my front door. Like a lot of folks, I was not plugged in to municipal politics. I followed the back-and-forth between red and blue nationally and state-wide, but not here in our own community. To continue reading, click this link.

Re-elect Blake for Township Committee

I try to keep up to date about the news in Hopewell Valley. As an older resident with no children in the schools, I tune into the Township Committee meetings on tv and read the local papers. Lately, though, all I come across is angry people berating Julie Blake and the rest of the Committee for doing their job. Anger expressed at meetings and in the Hopewell Valley News. To continue reading, click this link.

Trick or Treat

We learned only on the day of the Hopewell Township meeting that the Mayor has cancelled it.  The regular meeting has been moved to October 31, Halloween, a Wednesday.  The web site does not yet specify the actual time of the rescheduled meeting, making it even harder for the public to attend or watch on television. The new meeting is now just in time to pay the October bills, but one day too late for residents to meet the deadline for Letters to the Editor to comment before the election. To continue reading, click this link.

Campaign platforms need to have substance not absurdity

I received a campaign flyer in my mailbox this week announcing that I should vote for Julie Blake for Hopewell Township Council because she is a woman. I did a double-take, as I wondered why her gender should matter in the slightest on the most local level of politics in my home town. To continue reading, click this link.

Julie Blake speaks for herself

This year’s Republican candidate for Hopewell Township Committee, Ed “Jack” Jackowski, has set a record for silence in a campaign. Entering at the last minute well after the primary, he has remained largely silent, allowing a few surrogates to speak on his behalf. To continue reading, click 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, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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