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In Your Opinion: School Board Candidate Introduction

In Your Opinion: School Board Candidate Introduction

By Ardaman Singh School board membership is not for everyone. Let me recount just a few reasons. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of effort and can often feel like an uphill journey given the current state of education in our country. It’s not paid so you cannot quantify return on […]

In Your Opinion: Part-Time Franklin Township Council Soaks Up Full-Time Benefits

In Your Opinion: Part-Time Franklin Township Council Soaks Up Full-Time Benefits

By Chris Kelly, Somerset. At a “Meet the Candidates” event at Somerset Run in Franklin Township on October 24, Township Councilwoman Kimberley Francois lamented that one of the reasons for the high taxes in Franklin is the cost of health insurance for town employees. She neglected to mention that she and her fellow Council members […]

In Your Opinion: Take Action To Stop NESE And Compressor Station

In Your Opinion: Take Action To Stop NESE And Compressor Station

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force On Compressor Station 206 and NESE. New Jersey protected our clean air and water with a denial of the PennEast pipeline permits and opposition to the Meadowlands (North Bergen) Power Plant – Now it’s time to Stop NESE. By Friday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 29, the state […]

In Your Opinion: Support Russo For Sheriff, Marano For Freeholder

In Your Opinion: Support Russo For Sheriff, Marano For Freeholder

By Deana Luchs, Somerset. I have noticed the recent slew of the Somerset County GOP negative television campaign ads. Unfortunately, mudslinging has boiled down to the county level in NJ against Democrats Melonie Marano for Freeholder and Darrin Russo for Sheriff and it won’t work. Spreading scurrilous information will do nothing to help the GOP […]

In Your Opinion: Inappropriate To Vote Parenti For Sheriff

In Your Opinion: Inappropriate To Vote Parenti For Sheriff

By Robert Quinn. In the midst of this important election season for Somerset County’s Freeholder and Sheriff races, I wanted to take a moment to comment and provide guidance to my supporters in the public and Republican Party. Several months ago, we saw Tim Pino “lose” to William “Bill” Parenti by a small fraction of […]

In Your Opinion: Time To Rediscover The Art Of Dialogue

In Your Opinion: Time To Rediscover The Art Of Dialogue

By Bill Connell, Somerset. I use this Speak Out forum liberally, sometimes to express an opinion on a matter or sometimes to encourage something like volunteerism. Volunteerism I believe to be the important quiet engine of Franklin, as for opinions, you know what they say about those, we all have one …. John Felix, my […]

In Your Opinion: Franklin Woman’s Club Starts New Season

In Your Opinion: Franklin Woman’s Club Starts New Season

By Angela Dubivsky, Franklin Woman’s Club Publicity Chair and Kecia Baptist, Franklin Woman’s Club Membership Chair. The cool mornings and shorter days may mean the end to summer but for Franklin Woman’s Club members, they remind us that the 2019/2020 club year will soon begin! As new members are always welcome, adult women (age 18+) […]

In Your Opinion: Deadline Is Aug. 23 For Comments On TRANSCO Compressor Station

In Your Opinion: Deadline Is Aug. 23 For Comments On TRANSCO Compressor Station

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on Compressor Station 206. Our health is harmed by increasing numbers of air quality alert days, heat spells, rainy spells and more climate change effects linked to fossil fuel projects The state Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing permits for over a dozen fossil fuel projects, and one […]

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. […]