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In Your Opinion: CJCP Creates Racial Equity Committee To Combat Systemic Racism

In Your Opinion: CJCP Creates Racial Equity Committee To Combat Systemic Racism

By Dr. Namik Sercan. The CJCP Board of Trustees, administration, and staff are devastated by recent incidents of police brutality and racial violence in several communities around our nation. It is a very emotional and problematic time in our  country right now, which requires immediate and tangible actions from all segments of our community in unity  and solidarity. Just […]

In Your Opinion: The Long Road To Justice

In Your Opinion: The Long Road To Justice

By Mayor Phil Kramer. “These are the times that try men’s souls”, wrote the patriot Thomas Paine during the American Revolution. At the time he penned those words, Americans were struggling to establish the first steps on the long road to the perfection of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, we face what […]

In Your Opinion: Opening Businesses Too Quickly Could Be Dangerous

In Your Opinion: Opening Businesses Too Quickly Could Be Dangerous

Editor’s Note: Mayor Kramer wrote this opinion in response to the effort by mayors in Bedminster, Bernards, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, and Far Hills to convince Gov. Phil Murphy not open more businesses faster. By Mayor Phil Kramer. I respect the position of the five Somerset County Mayors who are advocating for business owners.  Some might perceive they are […]

In Your Opinion: Franklin Hits Good, Bad COVID-19 Milestones

In Your Opinion: Franklin Hits Good, Bad COVID-19 Milestones

By Mayor Phil Kramer On May 13th Franklin hit two milestones regarding COVID-19. Both of them 100. The one we will all notice is sadly, very sadly, is we reached 100 deaths. One hundred people, and hundreds of family members and friends affected. One hundred lights on our makeshift memorial. And one hundred lives cut […]

In Your Opinion : Help Health Care Workers By Following Instructions

In Your Opinion : Help Health Care Workers By Following Instructions

By Bill Connell, Somerset. To get to the bottom of what I am about to say, think about yourself. How many of us have trouble dealing with a problem at home or at work because of the personal peril? Imagine not having that choice. I am sure I am not alone in worrying about the […]

In Your Opinion: Kramer: Stay Home!

In Your Opinion: Kramer: Stay Home!

By Mayor Phil Kramer. There are a lot of comments objecting to closing the parks. I know it’s a hard thing to do. It’s hard to stay inside as it gets nicer. But yesterday I was given 64 reasons why the park should be closed. 64 reasons ranging in age from 19 to 97. I […]

In Your Opinion: Mayor Kramer To Hold Virtual ‘Town Meeting’

In Your Opinion: Mayor Kramer To Hold Virtual ‘Town Meeting’

Dear Franklin Residents: In our continued efforts to keep everyone updated on accurate and up-to-date COVID-19 information and resources, I will be broadcasting an online discussion with township officials and local press representatives. Residents can post questions in the comments and we will field them as time permits. Please enter questions rather than commentary so […]

In Your Opinion: Franklin Food Bank Needs Your Help

In Your Opinion: Franklin Food Bank Needs Your Help

By Bill Grippo. Dear Friends, My kids asked me the other day if I have ever seen anything like this CoronaVirus in my life… they said you have been around for a while! Never I said, I have seen our country go through horrible assassinations of great leaders, friends who lost their lives in Vietnam, […]

In Your Opinion: Residents Should Attend Budget Request Hearings

In Your Opinion: Residents Should Attend Budget Request Hearings

By Bill Connell, Somerset. At a Township Council meeting a while ago, resident John McConville said something to the effect, “People don’t come out to budget meetings that decide their taxes, but they fill the chambers if you want to put a license on a cat.” Again, this year the chamber was mostly empty. The […]

In Your Opinion: ‘Yes Virginia, There Is A Grinch’

In Your Opinion: ‘Yes Virginia, There Is A Grinch’

By Arnold W. Schmidt, Somerset. Yes, Virginia, there is a Grinch.  Your friends who believe he is a “stable genius” are wrong.  They have been overwhelmed by his constant self-flattery, self-aggrandizement, and self-promotion.  In this great world of ours, this Grinch is a mere insect; an ant, in his intellect; as compared with the boundless […]