It’s no surprise that “conservative” is a term often self-applied by the right wing. It is often misleadingly applied, though, because too often, it doesn’t mean conserving but rather unwillingness to change or refusal to learn. Nowhere is that clearer than in a letter to the Herald Oct. 3 about how “wind energy” would raise our electric bills to 30 cents a kWh.

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" portrays Jefferson Smith, a senator played by James Stewart, fighting a one-man war against a corrupt political machine. John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" details senators who defied the opinions of their party and constituents to do what they felt was right.

I am the mother of a heroin addict. Our struggle has been for a long 10 years. No different than most. The time filled with rehab, overdoses, withdrawals, theft, arrests, and accidents all that came as a result of addiction.

Even though we haven’t met yet I would like to say hello.

In 1990, I had the honor of being appointed as a commissioner on the Garden State Parkway by Gov. Jim Florio. As only the second Cape May County resident to ever serve as commissioner, I was able to accomplish many improvements on the roadway.

Every few years, New Jersey politicians look for lofty ways to spend our tax dollars. The suggested wind energy located off the N.J. coast will again create the speculative folly that a renewable, emission-free energy will supply three million homes.

I completed the New Beginnings program run by Cape Counseling. I was required to attend after an assessment which was required by the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) after a DUI (driving under the influence) offense.

The fall air and school buses driving by are sure signs of a new beginning and an exciting time for children. The wonders of the new school year are boundless; new friends, new experiences, a little more independence and a time where a child might just have the guts to try and become a part of a team.

The documents produced by the St. Joseph stakeholders group and its members do not accurately detail the process used to develop the new church.

As CBS juggernaut "The Big Bang Theory" rolled into a record 12th season Sept. 24, most of the gang exploring mysteries of the universe have gone vegan, opting for plant-based eating.

I am 70 years old and have a home on 47th St. in Sea Isle City. I have nothing against the new dunes that they built. It would be nice if they kept them clean from all the amount of sand that had covered it over the course of the years.

In response to a letter in the Sept. 12 Herald...

On Aug. 22, I suffered a silent heart attack. At first, I thought I pulled a muscle. After a short period of time, I decided to have it checked out at Cape Regional's emergency room (ER).

On Sept. 6, Lower Township approved changing the zoning for the Brine restaurant property from commercial to residential. The plan calls for the removal of the restaurant and warehouse on the property to be replaced with six residential lots.

The one overriding concern with Brett Kavanaugh up for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is that he’s President Donald Trump’s preferred inside man. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, the fix will be in.

Republicans have been selling a bill of goods for years now.

Sea Isle had been my home for 27 years prior to moving. Born and raised here I had, as so many other children did, the opportunity to grow in a neighborhood of good and honest people.

We went to a wedding in Monterey, Calif. in August 2018. For my husband and me, it was a return to the area where we had first met and courted.

A couple of years ago, a Bay Atlantic Symphony board member was attending our final subscription concert of the year at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. She was sitting next to a Stockton student.

After watching the beautiful funeral service for John McCain in Phoenix, Ariz., one realized that greatness will prevail over evil. McCain didn't fall for the lies that America needs to be great again because he, like me, believes America was already great.

I'm an old native of Cape May, a lovely Victorian resort that offers so many diverse activities. Tourists come to enjoy the restaurants, beaches, and the restored Victorian architecture.

Stone Harbor's Beach Patrol (SHBP) captain noted that the town will not be able to man all beaches. This is not a problem unique to SHBP, as almost all seasonal patrols have the same problem.

While having breakfast with three friends at a restaurant at the Cape May County Airport Aug. 28 at about 10 a.m., a complete stranger paid for our breakfast.

How’s that draining of the Washington swamp working out? All I see is filling the so-called swamp with more gators of secret, self-important profit makers.

I read a recent letter to the editor on entitlements. It began with some perfectly sensible examples - the right to do what you want with your own property, the right to earn money and do what you want with it, and the right to voice an opinion, no matter how ill-informed. No reasonable person would disagree there.

A church which “goes forth” is a church whose doors are open. These were the words spoken by Holy Father Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel in 2013.

I was pleased to see a Gordon College student writing for the Cape May County Herald. I was even more pleased to see it was about climate change. Good job.

For some reason, it seems that the term “entitlement” is being steered and restricted by the right to refer to welfare for the needy or government expenditures on public health and the like. But, that’s not the core meaning of entitlement.

It is without question that we are living in a time unlike any other in history. Looking back over the six decades that I have lived, I can't help but feel saddened and dismayed at what we have come to accept as normal and appropriate.

I grew up in the 50's and 60's in Illinois. My grandparents on my mother's side were Republican. My dad was a Democrat and my mother was a Republican.

In my opinion, America has lost its national identity.

A spouter from Cape May/Bedminster Township made disparaging remarks in the Aug. 8 Herald about my family over our alleged disrespect to the American flag at the Sunset Ceremony at Sunset Beach.

I would like to compliment the Herald on a relatively fair and balanced report in the Aug. 22 edition regarding the future of the Old St. Joseph Church. I chair St. Joseph’s Catholic Strong Committee and feel deeply the strife and division at work in our parish.

The changes you go through woman will never alter your inward ways.

In response to Editor Al Campbell’s column in the Aug. 8 Herald, I think he is forgetting the jobs that the extension of Route 55 would bring to the area, which is an already job-strained area, because there’s no industry.

America deserves what it gets for electing incapable leaders.

For most of us, Labor Day is part of the three-day weekend that ends our summer vacations. For many, it is a day of barbecues, baseball, beaches, and boats. For others, it is shopping, packing, and getting kids ready for school.

Being an elected member of the Middle Township Board of Education is an honor given to those who seek to improve the education standards and practices of today’s schools.

I was driving to work when I heard on a local radio station that Stephen Sweeney proposed a bill to cut school funding for schools in Cape May County, and it was signed by the governor to redistribute the money to Atlantic, Bridgeton and Cumberland Counties instead.

“Acres of Diamonds” by Russell Conway was a parable/sermon he preached over 6,000 times of a successful Persian farmer who was never quite satisfied with the riches he possessed. Do you know anyone like that?

With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the west, and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the east, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise anymore. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call for drastic remedies.

Two thumbs up to a special meeting July 24 where Middle Township Zoning Board, its attorney, zoning officer and staff gave unanimous vote of approval to move ahead plans for a new waterfront restaurant in Middle Township.

I am appalled at the irrational hatred and vitriol aimed at the president in three of the letters to the editor in the July 25 Herald.

A plan afoot to utilize a Middle Township gravel pit as a dumping site for Ocean City's dredge soils should be rejected by Middle Township Committee.

If anyone in America took a child from their parent and refused to return that child unless the parent agreed to leave the country, which they came to for asylum, they would be put in jail.

Many years ago, as young parents, we cobbled together enough money to buy a small Avalon home. It became our “happy place.” Avalon was a town where pleasant three-bedroom cottages and a family-friendly environment was the norm.

On Aug. 1, I once again felt the pain for our homeless as I read the article about the approval of affordable housing ordinances in Avalon.

Economists, writers, politicians and the like have been claiming lately that the economy is stronger than ever. I’m here to argue that we need to take a step back and ask what a “strong economy” actually means, and what it means for real people.

No, Route 55 does not need to be extended any further south.