I read with a sense of disgust  the repeated letters supporting the mayor of Middletown by his party’s  faithful cronies. The most recent one from the failed candidate who ran with  Scharfenberger three years ago. Can’t imagine what planet she has inhabited in recent years because there is no denying the mismanagement of this township. The near forty five percent increase in the municipal tax levy in the last five years tells the whole story. No denying those figures ….no way at all.

The repeated lies and deception that this man engages in is beyond comprehension except it is explained by this man’s obsessive desire for re-election. He will do or say anything to achieve that goal. To hell with the people paying the bills in this township. He could not care less. He cannot be trusted to serve the people of Middletown. Far too engrossed in party politics !

It will take legislative action to ever remove supporting the schools from the property tax bill  in New Jersey and to find a secure funding for the most important job the citizens of this community and this state have to do… the education of our youth. To think otherwise is delusional and selfish. It is incomprehensible to try and  understand  just when Mr.Scharfenberger  thinks he could ever accomplish such a change in school funding without some extensive legal support for that kind of a change. But I guess I just forget that this man has never shown  any regard for the rights of the people or  respect for what is and is not legal. He never has had  any reservation about what  or who he tramples on  to serve his own agenda.

COAH  is the law in New Jersey. It has recently been reaffirmed and this state has been given five months to get back on track providing affordable housing.  Only Sunday the Asbury Park Press printed an article regarding this very information There may be changes to COAH but it is not going away. Again this mayor is blowing  in the wind !! Get real for a change !

The  disregard for the residents of this community can be seen in the proposals for turf fields  in locations nobody wants and at a time when we cannot afford them. Just grandstanding in hope of deceiving the people  about his motives.He needs something to try and  look good for re-election. Fix the problems of  the flooding in the Bayshore  that have  been neglected for more than  twenty years. The sneaky, underhanded actions and  the neglect  that has  surrounded those  efforts tells it all !

Try an honest effort to contain expenses and make the hard decisions to reduce the workforce,reduce bond expenses,and institute the necessary measures to properly plan municipal  financial obligations. Can’t blame all the problems here on someone else so stop trying . Whatever plans this mayor claimed he had have never materialized . He never had any plan and the result is the exorbitant municipal tax increase this year.  

Middletown will be a better community to live in when this man is gone from government here.

Barbara R. Thorpe
Middletown, NJ

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...