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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? […]

In Your Opinion: Ask NJDEP For New Public Hearings On Transco Project

In Your Opinion: Ask NJDEP For New Public Hearings On Transco Project

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on COmpressor Station 206. Before August 2 – Take a minute to let NJDEP know that you want them to hear your concerns about Compressor Station 206 & pipeline under Raritan Bay Maybe once, maybe twice, but never thrice … Williams/Transco’s 2017 permit applications were withdrawn because they […]

In Your Opinion: Fix The Problem And Move On

In Your Opinion: Fix The Problem And Move On

By Bill Connell, Somerset. This spring I was on the New Jersey Turnpike in a snow squall and got a flat tire on my driver’s side. I got out of my car to assess the situation. It was terrifying. I could feel the kinetic energy of the cars as they passed. I had the choice […]

In Your Opinion: Let The Police Department Issue Play Out

In Your Opinion: Let The Police Department Issue Play Out

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Some of the twaddle in the comments section regarding the police force entice me to write this. It is best summarized by a disagreement the Editor of the Franklin Reporter & Advocate and I have . The Editor thinks he has a right to know everything now. I on the other […]

In Your Opinion: Happy Fathers’ Day

In Your Opinion: Happy Fathers’ Day

By Bill Connell, Somerset. One day I came into the house  ready to brag about some evolutionary breakthrough I had in the garage.  As I am talking, my wife looks at me amazed and in a tone reminiscent of Alice of the Honeymooners says, “it’s amazing you ever had children.” Apparently she did not like […]