Letters to the MercerMe Editor June Roundup

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Another Call for Civility at Township Committee Meetings

When the usual suspects, the predictable parade of detractors, approach the podium during public comment, to talk intentionally at cross purposes to imply the committee is doing other than their absolute best work serving the township, never once have I heard those who take umbrage with their words shout out one word of protest while they are speaking. For more, please see this link.

More Voices Needed at Committee Meetings

After watching the Hopewell Township Committee meeting on Monday, June 11, I would like to say that I hope more residents of our community will attend or watch a meeting.  They can be seen on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 30. The meetings are the second and fourth Monday of the month.

The elected officials work long, hard hours on the important issues that affect us all.  Some whose favored candidates did not win may not agree with the actions proposed by the committee. Since we live in a democracy, anyone can speak or voice their disapproval at meetings.

This does not mean personal attacks with alternative facts are the way to go. For more, please see this link.

Save the Sourlands while having fun at Sourland Music Festival

How often do we get to do good while having a blast? Pretty rare but there is an opportunity coming up.

Most of your readers will know and appreciate the Sourland Mountain – in many ways it is one of the defining features of our area, a green gem, rich in history as well as an invaluable ecosystem. Sadly, this jewel is under threat from many sources, including over-development, pipelines, invasive species and too many deer.  Local residents are fighting back, however, and supporting efforts by the likes of the Sourland Conservancy to protect the Sourlands. For more, please see this link.

Brush Collection Update in Hopewell Township

Hopewell Township’s Public Works Department is responsible for clearing brush throughout 58 square miles of our primarily rural Township.  Two pickups are scheduled each year, in May and October.

In most years, this schedule works well and our Public Works crews are able to do their jobs quickly and efficiently. But this has not been a normal year. For more, please see this link.



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