Letter: What's Going on With South Jersey Democrats?

In this letter to the editor, the writer says South Jersey Democrats, including those in West Deptford, are on the wrong course.

To the Editor:

There was an article in the Gloucester County Times a few weeks ago (September 1, 2012 front page) where Steve Sweeney was quoted by saying we must “punish our enemies” in regard to this upcoming election. Punish? Enemies? Is there a Civil War? I would hope as a leader his thoughts would be “How we can work together?” In this economy, a leader should be striving to work together instead of talk of punishment and enemies. This reminds me of his statement last November when Denice DiCarlo and Hunter Kintzing lost their bid at West Deptford Township Committee and the next day Mr. Sweeney “vowed to work to restore Democrats to power next year.” (WD Patch November 9, 2011)

Additionally, in the Gloucester County Times , September 1, 2012, there was a headline alleging Rob Andrews misused campaign funds for personal expenses. An additional article on September 13 stated that Mr. Andrews was identified by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics as one the 12 most “corrupt” members of Congress. This is the same Mr. Andrews who heavily endorsed and walked West Deptford Township on behalf of Denice DiCarlo.

Also placing hope in Mrs. DiCarlo, are Mr. Gerry White and Mr. Michael Angelini. Mr. White, who is worried about the feelings of the golf course owner instead of the West Deptford residents, in regard to the RiverWinds Golf course loan, selected Mrs. DiCarlo for the seat of Committee. Not once did Mr. White or Mr. Angelini (Township Administrator & Solicitor, respectively, at the time of the RW development) communicate concern or assist in finding the unaccounted for monies. 

The recent antics of Andrews, Sweeney, White and Angelini have not been in the best interest of the ordinary taxpayer. Their interests are self serving. The old saying my mother used, “you are who you hang with” comes to mind in regard to Denice DiCarlo, since they endorsed, campaigned, and/or championed on behalf of Mrs. DiCarlo. The writing is on the wall. She is one of “them.”

On Mrs. DiCarlo's campaign website, on the top page, it states “It’s time to take our town back.” If taking our town back means associating with the above people and accumulating $140 million in debt, I think I will pass.

Jerry Maher

West Deptford

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sockman September 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
What I wonder is what is wrong with the republicans... what are they hiding?? I never understood why WDTruth does not have a place for public comments (like Patch does)... what are they afraid of? Now the Mayor has set up a Hot Line to report concerns... except only Republicans will have access to it... what is he afraid of?? Just like the rest of the Republican party across the Nation, the WD reps have an "holier then thou" attitude. They will get more support if they truly want openness.
John Hostettler September 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM
very good article............. http://www.wdrealtruth.org/chintall-and-cianfarini-reinvent-the-wheel-again/
Madeline Fucci September 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
It appears that we have many Democrats in this town who share a common trait which is blind loyalty. Loyalty to someone or something who is hurting or destroying them is the definition of blind loyalty. It certainly is factual that the Democrats alone are responsible for this town's financial crisis. Any reasonable or rational person with the slightest degree of common sense would have to admit this to themselves. I also realize it is very difficult to relinquish power and absolute control after 22 years and that is the reason for this ugly election cycle. Certainly this town's governing history is anything but admirable. Even if you are a township or county employee, remember these former officials and policies of fraud, waste, mismanagement and abuse affected you and your families as well the town's residents. The people spoke in the last election because they were tired of business as usual. I am sure those in power never expected to be voted out of office by two men, Ray and Sam, who did not have the political capital or entrenched party machine in their favor; however, the will of the people prevailed.
Madeline Fucci September 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Already read it Thumper. With all the brainpower on your side, can't you come up with something more original in a name for your site? Why are people of your ilk always afraid to identify themselves? I guess you're a coward along with the rest of the anonymous people who post comments on this site.
Ernest Kraus September 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Thumper; what's your real name? Who is behind the" real truth?" What is being hidden when people will not put their real name in the open? Madeline has it right: cowards.
Wayne Klotz September 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hey Ernest, what page are you on? who invented WD truth? oh a guy named bob who never came to any twsp. meetings infill three months to last election.now who's the real person now!!!!
Ernest Kraus September 27, 2012 at 07:29 PM
And were you taking attendance? As a point of information for you, the WDTruth signs were out prior to the primary in 2011; that's more then three months. Are you one of the ones that is happy over the $140 million in debt; the missing 4.5 million for the golf and tennis center? Of the lack of accounting safeguards in the township's business office?
Chuckles September 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
So Ernie you are not disputing the article on the REAL TRUTH really is the truth. Face it Ernie your representatives that you helped elect sold you a bill of goods and you bought it. What is the bill of goods being sold to elect Jeff Hansen. I am sure you will buy them too. It sure is not people before politics because they have already failed at that.
Wayne Klotz September 27, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I am glad you were listening to me. now that we got our website is out the truth hurts,Ernest!read and weep.
Ernest Kraus September 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
And all those items I asked about were brought to you by Shields, White and Docimo. How happy are you with your taxes? So does that mean you are taking credit for that anonymous website? People that do not put their name on what they write are either not proud of what they say or cowards.
Wayne Klotz September 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Amen, chuckles! like I said the truth hurts!!!
Wayne Klotz September 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Dear Ernest, my taxes went up with these two at the helm. if I recall, they said they were going to lower our taxes! WELL, HAVE THEY? NO! THEY ARE TO BUZY WORRING ABOUT FRAUD AND A WASTE OF A HOTLINE THAT THEY ONLY CAN ANSWER! IS THAT FAIR TO US TAXPAYERS, ERNEST?!!
Butch Burgundy September 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Dear Ernie, There is no missing $4.5 million. What hole have you been living in? Ray and Sam added $40 million to the township debt in under one year and raised everyones taxes.
Thump Thumbler September 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Ernie There is no money missing, where have you been for the last few meetings. Ray and Sam have added $40 million to the township's debt in under one year. That is a new world record. congratulations
Ernest Kraus September 28, 2012 at 06:54 PM
So both of you say there is no missing money. Did either of you listen to a and read the presentation done by Mr. Cimino recently? It was the same meeting where documents were produced that showed signoffs to pay bills by Mr. White, the former township administrator. Possibly you missed it because you were to busy getting instructions from Mr. White on what to say. Perhaps you missed when Mr. White went to the microphone and said he would aid in the investigation. Time and forensic accounting will determine to where the money has gone. If you will read the entire tax bill you both received, you will note that the municiple tax is but one part of it. The county, county open space, municpal library and school taxes are up. If you would have been paying attention, you would have remembered that all West Deptford employees received a salary increase the first of the year. Also included in this years budget are expenses for new police cars.
Wayne Klotz September 28, 2012 at 08:21 PM
gee Ernest, I hate to tell you this but I was at the presentation when mr.cimino and he could not answer the question!!is the money really gone? also ask yourself this. how much did he charge tat we will have to pay!
Madeline Fucci September 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Way to go Ernest. The facts will always set you free unless your dealing with idiots.
Wayne Klotz September 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
in my last comment I meant to say I was at the mark CIMINO show and I don't know if I could cry or laugh at the same time!
Mr Excuses September 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Wow Ernie, you now have multiple excuses for why Sam and Ray have raised the taxes so much on the residents. I guess it's ok to waste taxpayers money and raise taxes as long as you are a registered republican and donate to Cianfarini, Chintall, and Forte
Wayne Klotz September 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
My question is to the GENIOUS who keep supporting ray and Sam and now Jeff Hanson! why not have the debate at the high school instead of river winds? AFRAID of the questions being asked or a guilty conscience? and why no videos allowed? afraid we will know the truth,Jeff?!


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