Letters to the Editor

Highland Park Planet welcomes letters to the editor. We will endeavor to publish all letters but reserve the right to be a responsible gatekeeper and not publish content that we deem inappropriate. We will also limit the number of letters we publish on any one topic. We encourage all letters be brief, to the point, and pertain to a current issue or event. Letters should addressed “To the Editor” and sent to phersh@highlandparkplanet.org. All letters must include the author’s name, his/her contact information, (phone or email belonging to the author, not to a surrogate), as well as an indication of the author’s connection to Highland Park (a resident or an individual with a role in the community, such as a business owner). We do not accept editorials or op-ed columns.

Recent Articles

NJ Asm. Patrick Diegnan urges action to improve school safety



To the Editor of the Highland Park Planet:

On December 14, 2012, an armed intruder attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The inconceivable carnage left 20 children dead, along with six adults who attempted to thwart the attack. Although there will never be a simple answer as to how to prevent the

behavior which led to the attack, everyone agrees that access to our

schools is far too easy for those intent on causing harm. Immediately after the Sandy Hook shooting, members of the New Jersey

Legislature made proposals to improve school safety. Upon the request of

Gov. Chris Christie, these initiatives were placed on hold so that a

commission could be formed to study the issue on a holistic basis. READ MORE

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Reader resents negative characterization of HP which is a great place to live

To the Editor:

In a NY Post article dated April 21, 2015, “The steady death of a blue New Jersey town,” Bethany Mandel writes about what she describes as the decline of Highland Park, NJ due to “feel good,” liberal legislation. Just so we’re clear, the “Blue” in the title means Liberal, in case you were thinking that Highland Park was about to experience mass depression or an onslaught of Jazz musicians. One of the reasons Ms. Mandel, who hails from Highland Park, gives for this decline is that Highland Park was the first town in New Jersey to ban fracking. Since our small town along the Raritan is far away from fracking country, she reasons, this law is just another feel-good, frivolous piece of liberal back-patting designed to make us feel better about ourselves without enacting any meaningful change. Ms. Mandel cites the increase in the borough’s smoking age to 21 as “meaningless” legislation that will send business to Edison. READ MORE

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Mayor Brill Mittler Disputes Sidewalk Program Allegations

To the Editor:

I want to call attention to a matter that I believe must be addressed. Mr. Herb Gross sent responses to your mayoral candidates’ questions referencing some significant misinformation about our sidewalk program that I feel I must correct. He refers to our municipal court fining residents “up to $2,000.00” for not repairing cited sidewalks. I am sorry to say that this is not true. Our sidewalk law allows for violations of up to $300.00 per instance. READ MORE

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Letters of Support for Gowen, Roslewicz and McFadden-DiNicola for School Board

To the Editor: On Nov. 4, Highland Park voters can elect the three candidates who spent their time and energy in public efforts to halt the ill-advised actions of our current Board of Education. As board members, Anne Gowen, Rob Roslewicz, and Michelle McFadden-DiNicola, (ARM) will continue to research issues, advocate for public school children, READ MORE READ MORE

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