The Jersey Journal: Abolish Political Parties, Safeguard Home by Disposing Old Meds, American Citizenship is Priceless

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Abolish political parties; Safeguard home by properly disposing old meds; American citizenship is priceless | Letters

Updated: Apr. 12, 2023, 5:21 p.m.| Published: Apr. 12, 2023, 3:48 p.m.

Source: The Jersey Journal | By Letters To The Editor

Abolish political parties

Democrats vs. Republicans, conservatives vs. liberals, left vs. right. It’s all a psychological scam to divide “We the People” — and it’s working.

My question is who benefits from this intentional division? Reasonable humans can see that while there are repulsive Republicans and demonic Democrats, there are good conservatives as well as liberals.

Both love God and nature. If one wants to jump ship from both, one must register as unaffiliated. Instead of being a “D” or an “R,” one becomes a “U.” Some say it reminds them of getting a “U” in Conduct, known as “Unsatisfactory.”

A positive mindset may think of it as a “U” for “United.”


Unfortunately, there is no longer the availability to register as an “Independent.” The word “independent” is way too empowering for politics. Some may argue that it doesn’t matter what one’s party affiliation is, so long as a candidate has a pure heart and cares deeply for “We the People.” I know many of them from both sides of the aisle. I’m also nowhere near naive enough to think that there are not rotten apples in the business.

There are, and some are rotten to the core, but on the same note, there are an equal amount of good souls with an intention to serve humanity. If it were possible to vote on the matter, my opinion is that “We the People” would vote to abolish political parties altogether.

James Francis Waddleton, Jersey City

Properly dispose of old meds

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Rx Takeback Day is Saturday, April 22, a day to raise awareness and encourage people to safely dispose of their expired and unused medications.

In 2021, more than 3,000 people in New Jersey died from suspected drug overdoses, with a vast majority involving some form of opioid including prescription painkillers, heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. A National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that many of these opioids were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

It is vital for all parents and caregivers to talk with their families and loved ones about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of never sharing prescription medication. Safely disposing of opioids is a vital component in addressing the opioid epidemic and keeping households and communities safe. All communities should have access to safe disposal and remove expired and unused opioids from their homes.


I encourage all New Jerseyans to take the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s American Medicine Chest Challenge, which encourages and provides action steps for families to safeguard their homes, take stock of their medicine cabinet and safely dispose of any unused or expired medication at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site. (For information, go to

Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

American citizenship is priceless

Something always happens to me whenever I hear the national anthem. It doesn’t matter where I am — at a parade, the movie theater, or the ballpark. My heart starts racing. I get a lump in my throat. I begin to sweat.

My face beams with pride and joy as I place my trembling hand over my thankful heart. Indeed, I am proud to be an American citizen.

However, with this sense of pride comes an even greater responsibility.

American citizenship unites all of us. However, American citizenship is not always about what the country can do for you — the individual. Instead, as President John F. Kennedy once said, it is frequently about “what you can do for your country” to make it the best nation on earth.

American citizenship is the universal thread that sews us all together as one. It is about our shared enduring and endearing values. American citizenship is about our shared customs, beliefs and traditions. It is about sharing our noteworthy accomplishments with the rest of the world so it could be a better place for everyone. It is about our glorious history, legends, folklore and heroes. Although some of us have origins in foreign countries, our American citizenship permits all of us to enjoy the stories of Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox, Babe and Pecos Bill as he rides a twister.

Our American citizenship allows us to appreciate the sacrifices that those who came before us made in the name of freedom.

American citizenship is priceless! Yet, sadly, as many “Gold Star” mothers know all too well, there is often a costly price to being an American citizen. For this reason, American citizenship should never be taken lightly. Nor should it be taken for granted!


People from distant lands are willing to endure hardships and pressures so they can become American citizens. They are willing to learn about American culture, traditions and history so they can become citizens and enjoy the American dream for themselves and their children.

Truly, I feel pride and joy whenever “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played. However, as the anthem is played, I think about the sacrifices that people have made so I can enjoy the freedoms I now have as an American. This is the reason why there is often a grateful tear in the corner of my eye as the national anthem is played.

Igor La Manna, Seaside Heights


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