Letters Extra: Merger shows the way

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A student on Princeton's campus. (File)

The merger of Princeton with Princeton Township was a great success and should be a source of inspiration for all 565 municipalities in New Jersey.

Even though everyone agrees we have too many local government bodies, the Princeton merger was the state's first since 1997. There may be many good reasons to maintain a separate municipality, but it's often too much of a burden for taxpayers.

One efficient measure, which would be less drastic than forcing municipalities to merge, would be to make them share their services. By cooperating, local governments would save money while keeping their local identity.

In late 2012, the state Senate passed a bill sponsored by Stephen M. Sweeney (D,. Gloucester) that would provide incentives to share. We need to reward municipalities that manage funds efficiently, and punish local officials who refuse to do so. That is exactly what the Sweeney bill would do if passed by the state Assembly.

John Hall, Woodstown

Rhetorical footwork doesn’t help
<NO1>verified<NO>Charles Krauthammer would get many more readers to learn that he favors carbon dioxide emission reduction if he could avoid the pointless hyperbole<NO1> we must plow through first <NO> (“A pointless climate agenda,” July 8). The economy stagnates. Really? If Krauthammer calls doubling market indexes and a 3 percent reduction in unemployment stagnant, then how can we believe the rest of his argument? Obama a “flat earther.” That sounds more like a description of a Texas tea-partier. Entire states impoverished … “billions … for new Solyndras.” Solyndra was a better example of a freak event than the Alaskan heat wave. “Global temperatures flat for 16 years” is a deliberate misuse of statistics. How about the last 10 years or the last 5 years? By the time I reached Krauthammer’s conclusion on carbon dioxide reduction, I could no longer believe anything he said.
Robert Cohen, RichCharles Krauthammer would get many more readers to learn that he favors carbon dioxide emission reduction if he could avoid the pointless hyperbole<NO1> we must plow through first <NO> (“A pointless climate agenda,” July 8). The economy stagnates. Really? If Krauthammer calls doubling market indexes and a 3 percent reduction in unemployment stagnant, then how can we believe the rest of his argument? Obama a “flat earther.” That sounds more like a description of a Texas tea-partier. Entire states impoverished … “billions … for new Solyndras.” Solyndra was a better example of a freak event than the Alaskan heat wave. “Global temperatures flat for 16 years” is a deliberate misuse of statistics. How about the last 10 years or the last 5 years? By the time I reached Krauthammer’s conclusion on carbon dioxide reduction, I could no longer believe anything he said.Robert Cohen, Richboro 

 

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