LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS To the editor: In response to Karen Zautyk’s column on Ebola, I think much of the media coverage to date and the statements of some politicians have promoted a climate of confusion and fear. The following points are important: 1. The current strain… Continue Reading
It’s not often that I agree with Chris Christie, but on the issue of mandatory isolation for certain persons returning to the U.S. from Ebola-afflicted countries, he is 1,000% correct. Or maybe I should say, was correct. Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the White House… Continue Reading
Last week’s opinion column “Gov’t stumbles threat to Republic?” was written by Ron Leir. His name was inadvertently omitted from the print edition of the paper.
THANK YOU! To the editor: Queen of Peace Rosary Society Annual Tricky Tray met with success and much enjoyment. The Rosary Society and Tricky Tray Coordinators would like to thank all the merchants and people of the community for their generosity and support. Mary Ann Fazioli North… Continue Reading
DONOVAN GOOD FOR BERGEN To the editor: I support Kathe Donovan. I read the articles, and the different spin that people put on them, but the bottom line is that Kathe Donovan has done the job of county executive the way it should be done. Do… Continue Reading
I always liked to think of myself as a progressive minded member of society, sympathetic to the idea that government can play a positive role in providing the greater good for the greater number of people. Things like Medicare, Social Security, pensions all make sense to me, as safeguards against… Continue Reading
‘SOBER HOUSE’ CONTROVERSY To the editor: It was with a heavy heart that I read the Sept. 17 article “Sober house rattles residents.” I personally know and work with Charles Valentine and I have seen firsthand the good work that he does in the lives of those… Continue Reading
Oct. 8, 1871, was a really bad day for the American Midwest. As we learned Sunday at the Kearny Fire Department’s Open House (see story p. 3), national Fire Prevention Week is held the week of Oct. 8 to mark the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in… Continue Reading
Confronted with the widespread chaos and hardship around the globe, every time I pick up a newspaper or listen to the news on various media, I invariably want to bury myself in a good book or watch an old movie or sports event as a welcome distraction. Or take… Continue Reading
While contemplating topics for this week’s column, I considered our President’s abysmally belated response to the ISIS threat. I considered the renewed debate over climate change. I considered our governor’s increasing wanderlust, which appears to be in direct correlation to his decreasing waistline. I considered the $17.9 trillion national debt. And… Continue Reading
‘SOBER HOUSE’ CONTROVERSY Dear Editor: Having grown up in Kearny and being a licensed minister for the past 32 years, I offer my comments regarding the “Sober House.” First of all, Kearny has a rich history of supporting those in need and giving people second chances. That is… Continue Reading
A story about the new Element Harrison Hotel in last week’s issue of The Observer mischaracterized the guest parking location. It is the Harrison Parking Center. The Observer regrets the error.
This week, your correspondent – armed with a valid passport – was planning (this column is being written Sept. 20) to vacation on the island Republic of Malta, whose islands – the website lonelyplanet.com tells us – “are like nowhere else.” Indeed, the website adds, “Here you’ll find great prehistoric temples,… Continue Reading
As of press time, I am sure controversy will still be whirling around the NFL — i.e. What did the league honchos know about the Ray Rice incident and when did they know it? That bothers me less than another aspect of the case: The fact that Janay… Continue Reading
On Sept. 1 the U.S. and Canada celebrated Labor Day as a tribute to the working men and women in each country. Some communities around America mark the day with parades and speeches but, of late, it’s a holiday that’s been more honored in the breech than in the… Continue Reading