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Curb military spending and impulsive war

I strongly hope that Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Donald Payne Jr. will vote to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Military Force that allows the president to declare war alone so that again Congress will be required to approve before the country enters a new war. We are already spending a million dollars a minute on the military and I believe there are many preferable uses for much of that money.

The United States is largely financing Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen, which is causing terrible human suffering with little gain for our country -- or others that I can see.

I hope that the negotiations in Korea go well and that we can cut our military spending there.

The president clearly does not share my concern with cutting taxes or curbing military action.  I hope that Congress will regain its power over the latter and that all humanity can live in peace.

Pat Kenschaft

Montclair

 

Councilman: protect net neutrality in Montclair

Access to a free and open internet is an essential part of a functioning modern society, and should be the right of everyone — not just a privileged few.

Unfortunately, that right is under attack.

At the Federal level, Donald Trump’s FCC has voted to repeal net neutrality protections.

Without the protections of net neutrality, customers will be subject to the unfettered greed of corporate internet service providers who will be free to charge exorbitant fees, filter content and block access from users.

We can’t let the internet be held hostage.

Montclair is a progressive and forward looking community. As such, municipalities throughout New Jersey and throughout the United States look to Montclair to set an example for social and economic justice.

We understand that limiting access to something as essential as the internet is deeply wrong.

That’s why, as Montclair’s deputy mayor and Third Ward representative, I have introduced a resolution to protect net neutrality in Montclair.

We can’t wait for the federal government to do the right thing.

I sincerely hope that my council colleagues will recognize the importance of keeping the internet open for all citizens, and of safeguarding this vital part of our lives from corporate interests that would seek to limit and restrict it.

SEAN SPILLER

Montclair

Editor’s note: The author is Montclair’s deputy mayor and Third Ward Councilman.