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In Our Opinion: Prasad Must Resign

In Our Opinion: Prasad Must Resign

Here we go again. For the second time in three years (that we know of), Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve, and must, for the sake of the township, step down. And once again, that display of his lack of trustworthiness revolves around race, with some backroom dealing added […]

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In Your Opinion: It’s Time For The Democrats To Stop Protecting Prasad

In Your Opinion: It’s Time For The Democrats To Stop Protecting Prasad

By Rob Trautmann, Somerset. Time and time again, Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad has proven he has neither the intellect nor temperament to represent the people of Franklin Township. Time and time again, the Township’s Democratic Party has swept his indiscretions under the rug. This was highlighted by the council’s recent post hoc approval of what […]

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In Your Opinion: Disband ‘Peace And Nonviolence’ Monument Park Ad-Hoc Committee

In Your Opinion: Disband ‘Peace And Nonviolence’ Monument Park Ad-Hoc Committee

By Bill Connell, Somerset. An ad-hoc committee is formed by a council or a school board usually to speed up a process, to come to a faster conclusion, or get to the bottom of something quickly.,  It is sanctioned by the governing body but it is more like a club, not an official committee.  It […]

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In Your Opinion: Now Up To The Community To Make ‘One Less Move’ Work

In Your Opinion: Now Up To The Community To Make ‘One Less Move’ Work

By Bill Connell, Somerset. This May I was in a South Carolina Arena, about to watch my eldest daughter graduate.  For any parent this is a defining moment.  My daughter’s proud, Mom is proud, and I am proud.  As I looked over the crowd of 1000s of kids all as special as mine, a thought […]

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In Your Opinion: Don’t Rush Approval Of ‘Peace And Nonviolence’ Park

In Your Opinion: Don’t Rush Approval Of ‘Peace And Nonviolence’ Park

By Arnold W. Schmidt, Somerset. Franklin Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad performed the impossible at the August 14th Township Council meeting.  We live in a beautifully diverse town and Mr. Prasad managed to transform the proposed construction and celebration of a “Peace and Nonviolence Park” into a controversial, divisive issue. Mr. Prasad is the organizer and […]

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In Your Opinion: Handling Of Monument Park By Council Anything But Transparent

In Your Opinion: Handling Of Monument Park By Council Anything But Transparent

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Apart from Assemblyman Joe Danielson’s professional presentation on medical marijuana, Tuesday’s (Aug. 16) Township Council meeting was an absolute train wreck. As a Democratic committeeman I was beside myself. So much so, I had to wait to write this to process my thoughts. I was there as a member of the […]

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In Our Opinion: The Free Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People

In Our Opinion: The Free Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People

“Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.” Thomas Jefferson wrote those words in a letter to John Jay in 1786. Even though Jefferson had often been pilloried in the press while he was president, he always maintained his belief that a […]

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In Your Opinion: ‘E Pluribus Unum’ In Reverse

In Your Opinion: ‘E Pluribus Unum’ In Reverse

By Skip Schaeffer, Somerset. “E pluribus unum” is Latin for “out of many, one.”  It is the national motto of the United States and can be found on the Great Seal of the United States as well as some U.S. currency. Franklin Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad apparently has his own translation, though.  He interprets the […]

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In Your Opinion: Never Stop Listening To What’s Going On

In Your Opinion: Never Stop Listening To What’s Going On

By Bill Connell, Somerset. This letter is in response to Mark Grieco’s letter regarding his assertion that Pres. Trump’s actions were treason. Your letter made me realize I have stopped listening or trying to understand all together. That’s bad. To start, watching Trump’s public discourse is like that lemonade commercial with the kid playing T-ball. […]

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In Your Opinion: Compressor Station And Pipeline Will Cost Well Into The Future

In Your Opinion: Compressor Station And Pipeline Will Cost Well Into The Future

Submitted by Franklin Township Task Force on Compressor Station 206 & NESE’s Steering Committee. Series Issue 6:  Williams-Transco’s NESE and Compressor Station 206:  Who Will Protect Us? The costs of continuing to build natural gas facilities and pipelines will be borne by all of us and future generations who will contend with health issues, impacts […]

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