Columns/Opinions

Thu
23
Jul
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Whose Responsibility Is It?

The Tribune this week received a call from a very angry reader who demanded that the newspaper "do something" to force the town manager to put the flags at half-staff in memory of the five U.S. service members who were slain by a gunman in Chattanooga last week. While we do not condone the caller's tone nor should we have had to listen to his foul language, we did opt to look into his concern.
 
Thu
16
Jul
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Summertime Safety

Summertime safety is about more than sunblock and lifeguards. This is the time of year when many residents take family vacations and spend a bit more time out and about. As residents are enjoying the weather, attending social functions and traveling, we urge them to take time to think about ways to keep their home and property safe while they are gone.
 
Thu
09
Jul
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The Importance of a Helmet

This week, a 60 year old bicyclist riding on South Livingston Avenue was grazed by a bus, lost his equilibrium, struck the curb, and went flying over the handlebars of his bike. As a result, he was banged up and taken to the hospital. This man didn't plan to have an accident.
 
Thu
02
Jul
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To Speak or Not to Speak

There has been a lot of furor over the propriety of allowing governor Chris Christie to use Livingston High School as a venue to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The Board of Education has a very clear policy, #7510, which states that "The use of school facilities and grounds shall not be granted for partisan political activity, private social functions, or any purpose that is prohibited by law." We cannot think of any function that could be more "partisan politics" than a declaration of intention to run for the position of President of the United States.
 
Thu
25
Jun
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“For Pride, Not Pay.”

We have said it many times, but we will say it again. Livingston’s firefighters are volunteers. They are not compensated to train or to respond to calls at all times of the day and night. Aside from five paid employees, including the Chief, the Assistant Chief, two inspectors and a mechanic, the entire roster is composed of those who donate their time to the position. They do not provide supplementary staffing to paid firefighters. They are the staff.
 
Thu
18
Jun
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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Livingston residents and businesses will receive a letter this week asking for financial support of our volunteer fire department, which has been providing service to the community for more than 94 years. Each week in the pages of our newspaper, our readers can see how these hard-working men and women come to the aid of their neighbors on a daily basis.
 
Thu
11
Jun
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Make Bicycling Safe

Some 300 people turned out for Livingston's third annual Bike Livingston event on Sunday. People of all ages, all sizes, and all ethnic backgrounds started from the township's parking lot, adjacent to the YMCA, and traveled around to see Livingston in a different way – from the seat of a bicycle. There were four mile, seven mile and ten mile routes that had been mapped out to provide a safe and relatively fl at view of our town.
 
Thu
04
Jun
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Tennis Team Advances To Tournament of Champions

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The Livingston High School boys' tennis team advanced to the “Tournament of Champions” (TOC) after winning the Group IV State Tennis Championship. Tennis is one of the few sports in New Jersey that holds a Tournament of Champions. The six Group State Champions then compete to crown one overall winner in the Tournament of Champions.
 
Thu
04
Jun
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Remember, Recycling's the Law

Recycling is not just a passing fad. It is a necessary requirement for our planet. Those who think that throwing a single soda or water bottle in the garbage is "no big thing," should stop and remember that we live in the most densely populated part of the most densely populated state in the nation. If each person recycled just one soda bottle, it would save acres of landfill. Multiply that one plastic bottle or can by the millions of people living in Essex County and the savings becomes staggering.
 
Thu
28
May
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Letters to the editor

The Tribune has always opened its pages to our residents to express their opinions and has reserved this space for our own opinions – as clearly marked above. As most of the print media does, we do not pick and choose which letters we will publish. We print all letters which follow our very few rules; and over the years we have resisted requests from some of our readers to tighten up those rules.
 

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