One thing we have always been proud of is the extensive network of railroads we have in our country. One thing we are NOT proud of is the amount of garbage and waste we produce on daily basis.
One thing we have been always indifferent about is big stretches of desolate desert in Nevada that the federal government uses occasionally to test bombs and aircraft.
Now that we are excited about the enhancement of our infrastructure, why can’t we add an extra leg of railroad that goes to a valley in the desert, and use it as a national garbage dump? This would not only contribute to the ecology of the cities, but would also free up a lot of space that could be used for other purposes such as agriculture.
For example, Staten Island is a small, beautiful island that is very strategic, given its location in New York City across from New Jersey. Yet, large portions have been used for dumping waste from from all over New York, and they have run out of space.
What is its future? Is dumping large amounts of New York trash in New Jersey next?
If we built this rail system to Nevada, trains carrying waste from the cities could run between 2 and 4 a.m., so they would disturb no one. Our grandchildren will probably take on this project and improve it by using the Japanese technology of high-speed bullet trains, or that use magnetic systems so wheels do not touch the rails.
Shall we start talking about pollution savings?
Julio E. Parra, Edison
There are liberals on the ‘pro-life’ side, too
As a lifelong “pro-life” Democrat, I am continually dismayed by my party leaders slamming shut the liberal circle of life when it comes to the unborn. I find the euphemisms of “choicespeak” very telling and quite chilling. And, New Jersey’s radical Reproductive Freedom Act goes far beyond what most Americans think Roe v. Wade legalized.
There are many of us otherwise liberal pro-lifers who refuse to see abortion as a must for a successful life, and applaud feminist demands that society adjust to real women’s lives. Moreover, REAL health care cures. Abortion in a health care setting — actually a public act requiring others — needs medical staff to take a life and, sometimes, taxpayers to fund it. Then the woman involved goes back to sole responsibility for birth control and the abortion experience.
Rather than focusing on how horrible right-to-lifers must be, please understand that many of us are feminists, work for racial justice, help women in crisis and resent the stereotypes.
No fan of Donald Trump of Texas, I actually voted for Joe Biden for president. The prime Democratic backers of the Reproductive Freedom Act, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Bergen County and Gov. Phil Murphy, are good on supporting pregnancy care and true solutions to poverty and racism that “first, do no harm.”
Hopefully, they can appreciate the difference here.
Kathy Quinn Vaccari, Westfield
States like N.J. must back abortion rights
On Sept. 1, the restrictive Texas abortion law took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court refrained from blocking it. This bans abortions once cardiac activity can be detected, typically about week six of a pregnancy.
According to Texas abortion providers, 85 percent of patients seeking the procedure are already at least six weeks pregnant. In effect, the bill bans most abortions. No exceptions for rape or incest are allowed. To evade judicial challenges, the Texas law actually bans state officials from enforcing it; rather private citizens may bring civil lawsuits against anyone who performs an abortion or “aids and abets” one.
New Jersey can be a national leader by providing an alternative to burgeoning legislative initiatives in conservative states. In fact, after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many state legislators and Gov. Phil Murphy supported a bill called the Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848). It was introduced in October 2020, the month after Ginsburg’s death.
If approved, it would guarantee the right to abortion and expand access to essential reproductive health care services. However, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, have essentially blocked it for 11 months by not advancing it to committee hearings or scheduling a vote on it.
Please write or call your Assembly members and senator to urge them to move this bill forward.
Ed Jones, Maplewood
‘America’s mayor’ has vanishing act
Isn’t it amazing that during all the heartfelt 9/11 ceremonies and 20th anniversary events, including the tributes at the Yankees/Mets game Saturday at CitiField in New York City, that “America’s Mayor” at the time — Rudy Giuliani — was not seen or even mentioned.
Larry Monaco, West Caldwell
Note: Although he was not featured at high-profile events, Guiliani did i">>speak at an annual 9/11dinner that he hosts at a Manhattan restaurant. He also attended the memorial ceremony at Ground Zero.
Kick this one out of the comedy store
So, a second-tier comic named Jim Breuer has decided that he won’t perform in any venues that require patrons to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
That’s his right. It is also the right of any venue where he’s canceling shows to permanently ban him from performing there — which I hope they do.
You don’t get to blackmail locations into risking public health just so you can make a buck.
Breuer, the joke is on you. Or maybe YOU are the joke.
Michael Schnackenberg, Newton
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