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In Your Opinion: Keep Thanksgiving COVID-Free

In Your Opinion: Keep Thanksgiving COVID-Free

By Mayor Phil Kramer. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Lots of food with the people I love most. I am however concerned about COVID spreading this Thanksgiving. Here are my suggestions on how to do a safer Thanksgiving. I recommend not gathering beyond your typical family unit. My extended family is planning a Zoom cooking […]

In Your Opinion: News from the Eagle’s Nest at BSA Troop 113 – Local Projects That Benefit our Community!

In Your Opinion: News from the Eagle’s Nest at BSA Troop 113 – Local Projects That Benefit our Community!

By Michele Rojek, Troop 113 Committee Publicity Chair. Franklin Township Boy Scout Troop 113 is on the move again and ready to serve you! On Saturday, September 5th, 2020, Troop 113 kicked off our 54th Scouting Season and we are expecting a very busy year since five of our members will be aging out of […]

In Your Opinion: Franklin Needs To Face Its Slave-Holding History

In Your Opinion: Franklin Needs To Face Its Slave-Holding History

By Mark Grieco. Several years ago, I happened upon a tour of one of the preserved, 18th Century farm houses in Franklin Township. A costume-clad guide explained the various artifacts of the house to an interested couple, the only other people on the tour. After the couple wandered to another room, I played upon a […]

In Your Opinion: Random Thoughts

In Your Opinion: Random Thoughts

By Bill Connell, Somerset I find it enjoyable to observe, assess, and comment. Sometimes, it’s for fun, sometimes it’s to challenge someone, or just to play devil’s advocate and tip over the apple cart. Surprisingly though, I have had nothing to say about current events.  I have been avoiding adding one more opinion. Most of […]

In Your Opinion: Juneteenth Celebration Must Be On Actual Day

In Your Opinion: Juneteenth Celebration Must Be On Actual Day

By Jasmin Harrison, Braun Wright, Ta-leia Newsom, and Yasmin St Rose. We greet you in the name of the Most High and our honored Ancestors. “This is for the people in general, and Black people in particular.” There is an amassing devastation that the Black community faces, that the world bears witness to on a daily basis. […]

In Your Opinion: Get Tested, Franklin!

In Your Opinion: Get Tested, Franklin!

By Mayor Phil Kramer. I am very gratified by the success of the first day of the “Get Tested Franklin” initiative. I just learned 546 people were tested July 27 at St. Matthias!!! We cut off the registration at 500 (ages 2-94). But as I said we take walk ups. Hopefully, we will have more […]

Open Letter To Gov. Murphy On School Opening

Open Letter To Gov. Murphy On School Opening

By Jonathan Medina, Somerset. Dear Governor Murphy, I appreciate your efforts to keep New Jersey residents safe. You were swift in your response, closing the state to all but essential businesses, while mandating face-masks. I also am grateful that the state has employed contact-tracing efforts to ensure that those who are infected do not further […]

In Your Opinion: Hate The Virus, But Respect It

In Your Opinion: Hate The Virus, But Respect It

By Arnold W. Schmidt, Somerset. In a recent opinion letter that discusses the rule of law and Covid-19, Mark Grieco makes some interesting points.  However I am at a loss about why he did not name the store where four times he witnessed violations of the Governor’s Executive Orders requiring workers and customers to wear […]

In Your Opinion: Return To The Rule Of Law

In Your Opinion: Return To The Rule Of Law

By Mark Grieco, Somerset. There has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 in the township and one theory is that as we open up, people are getting lax about wearing masks. That is one possible explanation, but it points to a larger problem in the township: the dwindling ability to enforce the rule of law. […]

In Your Opinion: COVID Concerns Keeps Mayor Away From Protest Marches, But There In Spirit

In Your Opinion: COVID Concerns Keeps Mayor Away From Protest Marches, But There In Spirit

By Mayor Phil Kramer.  Citizens of Franklin Township along with citizens throughout our country have been stirred to raise their voices in recent days. Not only due to the incredible act of inhumanity leveled against George Floyd, but also due to the continuing inequality and injustice which still too frequently occurs in today’s society. Citizens […]

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