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In Your Opinion: An Easy Way To Stand Up For The Health And Safety Of All In New Jersey

In Your Opinion: An Easy Way To Stand Up For The Health And Safety Of All In New Jersey

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on Compressor Station 206. There are only a few more days to let DEP know why they should reject permits for NESE with its Compressor Station 206 in Franklin Township and pipeline under Raritan Bay. The DEP can stop it if they deny the permits again and do […]

In Your Opinion: Republicans Staged Political Theater At Council Meeting

In Your Opinion: Republicans Staged Political Theater At Council Meeting

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Tuesday night at Township Council was more interesting for who was not there then for who was. The chamber was filled with the usual gadflys and antagonists. I did not see any “normal” citizens or, for that matter, police officers. Nobody beyond the predictable got up and spoke on the matter. […]

In Your Opinion: Time Running Out For Comments On NESE Permit Applications

In Your Opinion: Time Running Out For Comments On NESE Permit Applications

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on Compressor Station 206. Do you care about breathing polluted air, drinking water of poor quality, and eating poisoned fish? Increased hot and rainy days, more ozone-alert days and flooding, and increased water temperatures threaten our health and economy. Now is the time to speak up – We […]

In Your Opinion: Township Council Unanimously Approves Predetermined Mindset

In Your Opinion: Township Council Unanimously Approves Predetermined Mindset

By Robert Petersen. Overall, time will tell the measure of the decision to have a civilian administrator for the Franklin Township Police Department who is appointed by, and beholden to, the Township Manager. But something else occurred last night that is very troubling. Mayor Phil Kramer’s accusations that those who only had two Township Council […]

In Your Opinion: Public Safety Director Is Best For Franklin And Police Department

In Your Opinion: Public Safety Director Is Best For Franklin And Police Department

By Arnold W. Schmidt. I read with interest that our former Mayor and now Freeholder Brian Levine and other Republicans running for office in Franklin Township are trying to use our current Police Department situation as a politically divisive wedge issue. So far as we know, this problem has been going on for at least […]

In Your Opinion: Public Safety Director Is Best Course Of Action

In Your Opinion: Public Safety Director Is Best Course Of Action

By Mayor Phil Kramer. The turnover of leadership in the police force in the last 3 years has left us understaffed in command positions.  The first step to fill that void was to invite the County Prosecutor to assist us by administrating the Franklin Township Police Department. To that end, the Prosecutor assigned County Chief […]

In Your Opinion: Eliminating Police Chief Position May Be Too Extreme A Solution

In Your Opinion: Eliminating Police Chief Position May Be Too Extreme A Solution

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Our beloved former Mayor Brian Levine is to thank for this. (Hi Brian). I intend to be at the Aug. 13 Township Council meeting with popcorn. One thing I know for sure is Republican candidates for Council will make vacuous statements and make it easy for Council to play whack-a-mole with […]

In Your Opinion: Franklin Should Stay With Chief Of Police

In Your Opinion: Franklin Should Stay With Chief Of Police

By Brian Levine. I have confidence in the men and women of the Franklin Township Police Department in Somerset County, New Jersey.  They have performed their public safety mission in a stellar manner. Now they are being undermined by a proposal to insert a politically connected six-figure salaried police director, which will cost the town […]

In Your Opinion: Consequences of BOE Charter School Athlete Ban

In Your Opinion: Consequences of BOE Charter School Athlete Ban

By Michele Petersen, Somerset. As most residents of our town know, the charter school topic is a hot one. Charters are public institutions, but the way they are funded in New Jersey causes division among pro- and anti-charter citizens. Funding needs to be fixed at the state level, but that’s a complicated topic for a […]

In Your Opinion: Recent FTPD-Related Events Spur Questions

In Your Opinion: Recent FTPD-Related Events Spur Questions

By Ravikanth Kolla. The recent revelations about the FTPD raise even more questions in my mind: How far back does this go? It looks like this goes back years and we had one party completely control the Township Council for over 12 years. If this goes back years, what was the Council doing for years? […]

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