• November 12, 2019

Ocean City Sentinel: Editorials


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Rest in peace, Bill Hughes

On Monday, Nov. 4, Ocean City laid to rest its favorite son, William J. Hughes, former Congressman and Ambassador to Panama who died Oct. 30.

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
What do voters want in their representatives?
Updated: October 30, 2019 - 8:31 am

There are clear distinctions between some of the candidates running for election to the state Assembly and Senate, but for others, it depends on priorities.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Does Mr. Mature America have to wear a Speedo?
Posted: October 16, 2019

A recent letter to the editor of this newspaper came across as rather prudish in many aspects, but its primary point makes sense: Get rid of the swimsuit portion of the Miss Ocean City Pageant.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
OUR VIEW: GOP campaign takes an ugly turn
Posted: October 10, 2019

The Cape May County Republican Party has picked a campaign topic sure to arouse anger and hatred just in time to bring people to the polls in an otherwise sleepy election.

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Wednesday 10/02/2019
OUR VIEW: Wide open election this November
Posted: October 02, 2019

The race for state Assembly and Senate is wide open this year. 

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Posted: October 02, 2019

Every so often we have an experience that takes us back in time to a happy and comfortable place – a place where things seemed to be just right.  

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Spare us the mock outrage ... and the negative political ads
Posted: September 18, 2019

As calculable as the tides, the froth and scum of negative campaign ads in the fall is a definite certainty. 

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Wednesday 09/04/2019
Time to breathe a sigh of relief
Posted: September 04, 2019

The last two weeks of August provided the ultimate contrast.

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Wednesday 08/28/2019
OUR VIEW: Law of unintended flying consequences
Posted: August 28, 2019

Mark Soifer would be proud.

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Thursday 08/01/2019
Who inspires us to be passionate about what we do?
Posted: August 01, 2019

Editor’s note: People have stories about a family member, a friend or mentor who influenced their life. Mine isn’t special in the larger scheme of things, but the story is special to me. I hope it reminds others about what inspired them.

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Wednesday 07/31/2019
OUR VIEW: Sheriff sending the wrong message about following the law
Updated: July 31, 2019 - 10:12 am

While we understand the reasoning behind Sheriff Robert Nolan wanting to continue his department’s relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), we don’t understand how he can justify openly defying a directive from the state attorney general.

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Wednesday 07/24/2019
Don’t feed the freakin’ gulls
Posted: July 24, 2019

Do we really need the mayor admonishing people not to feed the gulls?

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Wednesday 07/10/2019
Summer at the Shore
Posted: July 10, 2019

Just about everyone enjoys pizza. There’s nothing like savoring a slice of pizza on a boardwalk stroll or at home after a day on the beach. 

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Tuesday 07/09/2019
Censure votes show GOP fracture lines
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 12:46 pm

The Cape May County Republican Party seems to be fracturing again.

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Wednesday 06/26/2019
OUR VIEW: Get back to protecting the Pinelands
Updated: June 26, 2019 - 9:47 am

Can the Pinelands Commission get back to protecting the Pinelands?

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: The unsolved Chester horticultural heist
Posted: June 19, 2019

My uncle Harry was the youngest of four brothers. His oldest brother Joe was a journalist and author; next oldest was Abe, my father, an all-state fullback in high school, and a member of Temple University’s powerhouse football teams of the 1930s. He later played with the Frankfort team, forerunner to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
What is selling point: the resort or celebrities?
Posted: June 12, 2019

Ocean City is spending at least a quarter-million bucks this year to bring celebrities to town. Most of them come to special events, to ride in parades, perform with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra or to sign autographs and meet fans.

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Wednesday 05/29/2019
Don’t rain on our parade
Posted: May 29, 2019

Driving from Cape May to Ocean City early Monday, I was stuck in traffic for miles.

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Wednesday 05/22/2019
Your phone is tracking your moves, reporting to Google
Posted: May 22, 2019

We were looking at rocking chairs for the porch at a local store and I compared prices on my smartphone to see if there was a better deal elsewhere. Later in the day, ads for rocking chairs start popping up on Facebook and on my computer.

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Wednesday 05/15/2019
Consider community patrols for safety at Birch Grove Park
Posted: May 15, 2019

Northfield’s Birch Grove Park is a wooded oasis, a stronghold of nature amid suburban encroachment from every direction — and one of the reasons why many choose to live in the city.

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Wednesday 05/08/2019
You get what you fight for
Posted: May 08, 2019

It’s dumb now for Fairness in Taxes (FIT) to be questioning whether the city has the option to buy or condemn the former Ocean City Chevrolet car dealership between Haven and Simpson avenues. 

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Wednesday 05/01/2019
OUR VIEW: Keeping noise levels down on Boardwalk
Posted: May 01, 2019

Who would think limiting the noise from buskers on the Ocean City Boardwalk would be this complicated?

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
Of course we don’t wantm to pay in N.J.
Posted: April 10, 2019

According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Associations’ annual report, about 7 percent – 47,052 of the nation’s 616,087 bridges – are “structurally deficient and in poor condition.” 

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
EDITOR'S DESK: Focus on next generation
Posted: April 03, 2019

I don’t have a great interest in interviewing television or movie stars. As a journalist I have the opportunity, but I prefer to talk to people in the community who affect my life and the lives of all those people around me in more direct ways. 

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OUR VIEW: Stop seismic testing in the Atlantic
Posted: April 03, 2019

If there is one thing that has aligned public officials from opposing political parties, it is their unity against seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
Be safer with pesticides on this island; residents and landscapers can help
Posted: March 20, 2019

Scientific evidence is mounting of the detrimental human health effects, particularly to developing children, of cumulative/low-level exposures to chemical lawn pesticides, while our family resort island is doused in pesticides. 

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Hate never takes a holiday
Posted: March 20, 2019

The mass murder – white nationalist terror – in New Zealand is one more horribly disheartening fact of life on this planet.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: A little help for our kestrals
Posted: March 13, 2019

If you build it, they will come. 

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EDITOR'S DESK: Darned Teenagers Keeping me wrinkled
Posted: March 13, 2019

Young people keep ruining my evenings and weekends.

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
OUR VIEW: Impressive budget given all the work on city’s infrastructure
Posted: March 06, 2019

We believe Ocean City has been on the right path for the past number of years by focusing on major infrastructure improvements rather than on holding the line on taxes.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
Not everybody is meant to hold a ‘real’ job
Posted: February 27, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen and Jim Henson never had a real job. All three were fortunate enough to go right into the entertainment business.

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Van Drew right: Border wall not an emergency
Posted: February 27, 2019

We are glad to see our new congressman, Jeff Van Drew, has joined efforts to fight President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency over a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
More doings down south to annoy snowbirds
Posted: February 20, 2019

While a substantial portion of our population may be residing in Florida this time of year, for those who remain frozen to their fence post or glued to their Barcalounger watching Netflix, I offer an update on the crazy happenings down south. The Sunshine State hosts a large crew of people doing strange things, often leading to arrest.

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Far to go to restore faith in the church
Posted: February 20, 2019

The Diocese of Camden released the names of 56 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. Some of these priests worked in local churches over the years, including ones in Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Marmora, Somers Point and Northfield.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
ANOTHER VIEW: ‘Early bird’ bald eagles are nesting
Posted: February 13, 2019

Bald eagles are New Jersey’s early birds. In the chill of winter, they’re the first to build nests and lay eggs.

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OUR VIEW: If nothing else, be informed
Updated: February 13, 2019 - 10:00 am

Although some of the content in Sea Isle City’s seminar on marijuana and vaping struck us as overly alarmist, we are glad to see programs that help inform the public.

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Over the back Fence: Self-driving cars offer frightening future
Posted: February 13, 2019

I keep reading items about self-driving cars, but the idea scares the hell out of me. 

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
OUR VIEW: There is time to adjust to $15 an hour minimum wage
Posted: February 06, 2019

An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue.

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Over the Back Fence: Game show winnings tied to financial future
Posted: February 06, 2019

I have found a way to assure my financial future. I’ve discovered a great cable television channel called Buzzr. It’s loaded with nonstop game shows and there are so many of them, I know I can become a contestant on a least two shows and win a fortune in cash and fabulous prizes.

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Wednesday 01/30/2019
Happy to see another opposition party
Posted: January 30, 2019

On Sunday, Jan. 20, the New England Patriots punched their ticket for a third straight trip to the Super Bowl and fourth in five years. It will be the ninth time since 2002 that the team has appeared in the Super Bowl, winning five times.

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Smart county purchase reusing Kmart plaza
Posted: January 30, 2019

We commend Cape May County for buying the empty Kmart shopping plaza in Rio Grande to turn it into the new Social Services department and to locate a Veterans Affairs Community Based Clinic there.

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Wednesday 12/26/2018
Stockton’s A.C. campus a benefit to city and region
Posted: December 26, 2018

Stockton University’s new Atlantic City campus celebrated the completion of its first semester. 

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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Sharing the burden of affordable housing
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 10:13 am

Island communities such as Ocean City have long struggled with making room for affordable housing because there is little available room, but this resort, like others, have the obligation to ensure at least a certain amount of available housing for those with limited incomes, including families and senior citizens.

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
Is legalization a common good or the end of humanity?
Posted: November 28, 2018

On Monday, committees from the Senate and Assembly advanced legislation legalizing possession and use of cannabis. The full legislature will vote on the bills at a later date, setting the stage for more debate and discussion on whether New Jersey will join ten states in legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Somers Point wise to wait on ban of marijuana sales
Posted: November 07, 2018

Somers Point City Council did the right thing by tabling an ordinance that would have banned the sale of marijuana for recreational use in the city until it has more information on the potential financial ramifications of such a decision.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
City lot purchase at a crossroads
Posted: October 24, 2018

Ocean City’s purchase of the former Ocean City Chevrolet car dealership lot is at a crossroads.

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
Would seeing the world through a child’s eyes help alleviate all these school shootings?
Posted: October 17, 2018

As a child in middle class Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the late sixties, one place I always felt safe was certainly at home.  Although difficult at times, I also felt safe at school.  This was one place my parents sent us and did not worry about us for the day.  We had the normal interpersonal childhood/teen issues or struggles, which we always felt was part of growing up and part of learning to live outside of home.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
Poll shows a lot of voters don’t know Van Drew, Grossman That may be bigger woe for the lesser known
Posted: September 26, 2018

It’s election season again and that means polling voters on who they’ll vote for in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Wednesday 09/19/2018
Tight lips can lead to uninformed residents
Posted: September 19, 2018

When we write stories that demand a response from an on-the-record government source, we need that response for our readers. It helps us balance out a story and present as complete and accurate a picture as possible for those directly and indirectly affected.

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
Delay vote on buying dealership property
Posted: September 12, 2018

While we continue to believe Ocean City’s acquisition of the former Chevrolet dealership lot makes sense, it would make even more sense to get a third appraisal of the property before going forward with a vote Thursday night to approve the $9 million purchase.

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