Freeway cash transfer gives NJ Transit leeway – and we | Letters
On April 27, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority took a significant step forward for our health by approving a revenue transfer of at least $ 2 billion to NJ Transit. These are essential funds to create a clean, sustainable and safe transit system.
As a public health professional, I am fully aware of how pollution from vehicle exhaust fumes contributes to asthma and other chronic diseases, a relationship established by decades of studies of health. Investing in sustainable public transit will ultimately result in much greater savings in public health costs. Funding sources such as toll highways, the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and the American Rescue Plan (the federal stimulus package that President Joe Biden signed in March) can put NJ Transit on a much more solid and secure financial footing.
The World Health Organization’s manifesto for COVID-19 recovery calls on nations to provide basic services, switch to clean energy and stop subsidizing polluting industries. May New Jersey be a model of a green economy for the United States.
I look forward to the Legislature taking action on life-saving transit and commemorating these revenue transfers as a dedicated source of funding. Our health depends on it.
Marsha Love, Montclair
This is what the government does its best
In his first joint address to Congress, President Joe Biden laid out his vision for an inclusive government that will help large swathes of Americans as we continue to emerge from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden’s plans are ambitious, but fit neatly within the framework of what is needed to achieve real results for those who need the federal government to be a partner on the path to continued recovery.
The government is at its best when it can provide everyday Americans with the tools they need to move forward, including job creation. From public health proposals to economic proposals, Biden’s plans will do just that.
Steve Clayton, Township of Ocean
Thanks for the hoops and the hockey blanket
I send a “thank you” to the Star-Ledger Sports Editor-in-Chief for bringing back statistical coverage of the NHL and NBA in the daily print edition of April 28.
As an avid Devils hockey fan, I really appreciate having the stats to follow on a daily basis. Thank you for adding them and please keep the full summary page for all major sports of the season.
Fred Hoth, Middlesex
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