Letters for the week of Jan. 12

Housing proposal drew few objections
To the editor:
   Thank you for reporting on the activities of the Lawrence League of Women Voters. We appreciate the interest and community participation that your attention promotes.
   We are writing to request a correction to your coverage of our Dec. 1 meeting at the Lawrence Public Library (The Ledger, Dec. 8).
   This regular monthly meeting of our league chapter included a presentation by Harold Vereen, president of the Eggerts Crossing Civic League, and Patrick Durkin, vice president for real estate development at Isles, Inc.
   The purpose of the meeting was to inform our members and the community of the study for new affordable housing options in Lawrence .
   Our correction is to the second paragraph of your otherwise informative article. The estimated number of people who attended our meeting was at least 40 — the article states "about two dozen," although less were present at the meeting’s end.
   More importantly, however, in the opinion of many of the league members present, the majority of the audience did not express disapproval of the proposed Johnson Avenue project.
   They listened carefully to the presentation and to the discussion that followed. The majority of the audience had many questions for the presenters; distinct opposition was voiced by two audience members.
   Thus the meeting accomplished the league’s mission, which is to inform and promote community dialogue.
   The league looks forward to learning more about affordable housing options in Lawrence.
Adele Vexler
League of Women Voters
Lawrence Chapter
Carver Place
Heart group thanks community for support
To the editor:
Thank you Mercer County! As a Mercer County health care executive and chairwoman of the fall 2005 American Heart Association Mercer County Heart Walk, I want to thank the businesses, community organizations and residents of Mercer County for the great support provided to Mercer County Heart Walk.
   Featuring the theme "Walk, Change tomorrow. Today.," the Mercer County Heart Walk theme encouraged everyone to make exercise a regular activity of daily life. We also brought attention to Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s national movement to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women and the No. 1 health threat facing women today.
   Just over 2,500 walkers joined us at Mercer County Park to raise more than $420,000 to help fund research, community programs and education to help save lives – the lives of our loved ones, family members, friends and coworkers. Thanks to events like Mercer County Heart Walk, the American Heart Association is currently funding nearly $6 million in heart and stroke research throughout the Garden State.
   The success of Mercer County Heart Walk would not have been possible without the support provided by Mercer County volunteers, sponsors and teams.
   I want to recognize the special contributions to Mercer County Heart Walk by national presenting sponsor Subway; tri-state presenting sponsor Oxford Health Plans, LLC, a United Healthcare Company; local 2005 platinum level sponsor Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; gold level sponsor Horizon NJ Health; red cap level sponsor Janssen Pharmaceutica; and official media sponsor WIMG 1300 Am, WZBN-TV25, News 12 New Jersey, WCTC 1450 AM, Magic 98.3 FM WMGQ, and Patriot Media.
   Walk. Change tomorrow. Today. Make exercise a regular part of your life and be sure to wear red on Feb. 3 — the third annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women. Wear something red to bring attention to the No. 1 killer of women — cardiovascular disease.
   For more information about heart disease, stroke, exercise, the Go Red For Women movement or Heart Walk, visit the American Heart Association’s at www.americanheart.org, or call (800)-AHA-USA1.
   To learn more about National Wear Red Day for Women or to obtain a "Wear Red Day" kit, call the American Heart Association in New Jersey at (732) 821-2610.
Karen Clark
President and Chief Operating Officer
Horizon NJ Health
Silvia Street
Withholding taxes makes a statement
To the editor:
I object to being legally required to pay for war. Four times a year, when an estimated portion of my federal income tax is due, I am withholding $100 from my payment as a token of my conscientious objection to war and my denunciation of our government’s military policies.
   When the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill in the U.S. Congress is enacted, it will amend tax law to make it possible for the taxes of conscientious objectors to war, like myself, to be used only for non-military expenses. Then, and only then, I will pay my full share.
Priscilla B. Maren
Stony Brook Road
Hopewell Township
Children are helped in season of giving
To the editor:
Again this holiday season — as in so many years before — the offices of The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey were temporarily transformed into a satellite Santa’s workshop. Once again, our devoted staff took on the role of elves. And most importantly, once again, children who would otherwise go without were included in the season of giving.
   We are deeply touched by the generosity of the many businesses — large and small — and their enthusiastic staffs, the church groups, civic clubs, classrooms, families and individuals who find themselves compelled to reach out to those less fortunate. (We wish we could list you all.) We are reminded that we are not alone in our struggle to save our children. We are lifted up by the compassion you’ve shown. And we are appreciative of your contributions — large and small.
   The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey has been saving children’s lives and building healthy families since 1894. It is encouraging to be reminded that so many members of the communities we serve share our commitment to children.
   Thank you. Happy New Year.
Chris Rollins
The Children’s Home Society
of New Jersey
South Clinton Avenue