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Letter To The Editor

From a reader:

As the election comes closer upon us, the candidates’ true colors come out. Tom Brennan pushed the replacement of plastic grocery bags with recycled multiple use bags. A noble effort, but it appears it was more a public relations effort, since he’s up for re-election, rather than an earnest interest in the environment. If the environment was of utmost importance to Mr. Brennan, I would have thought that he would agree with Mr. Joshua Vallario NOT to use lawn signs since they truly pollute the environment and are only used for one month. Again, was this just seizing the opportunity to be in the public eye? If Mr. Brennan cannot uphold his own professed values when it comes to environmental issues, how can we expect him to uphold the values and interests of the residents of Belmar on the things that really matter to them? We need a new voice in Belmar. Josh Vallario should be that voice.

A longtime resident of Belmar


  1. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Brennan is not a serious man. All the talk of the environment is merely schtick to him. Just a means to give himself a bit of relevance – nothing more.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:08 am | Permalink
  2. A Voter Too wrote:

    Sorry, but the lawn sign issue is just a distraction. I am waiting to review the 29 Days Pre-Election Contribution Filing for both candidates which are now past due. Like they say, “follow the money”.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    Bravo #2, this is a distraction from discussing any true issues or a persons ability. Signs have been around local politics forever and now some unknown candidate makes a rare appearance at the borough council meeting to unvail his great environment savings measure. Come on now, why are you the better person for the job?

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  4. Petitioner wrote:

    Proof is in the printing of the lawn signs. You either stand by your principles or you don’t. Recycling is our future.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Recycling? Belmar doesn’t do it

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    #2, Garbage bag forced recycling ala’ “in California” (the bankrupt state), recyle this and recycle that was the obscuring, cover of darkness, only media grabbing issue that Brennran with for at least 2 Council meetings. He was Belmar’s Garbage Bannerman so his principles should be probed if indeed that rhetoric was genuine.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  7. admin wrote:

    BTW, check his Facebook page for a total trashing of Christopher Columbus.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink
  8. A Voter 2 wrote:

    Mr. Brennan needs to take classes on history. Columbus was the start of immigration to this country. Many of the immigrants came with diseases which spread here and killed many, yet they (liberals) want unlimited immigration without knowing if they carry diseases including mental illness.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    Funny how they want intense backround checks of American citizens who want to buy guns but they would let people people come here from some of the worst countries on earth with no backround check at all.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  10. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #7. First , the most common joining of two nationalities in marriage in the U.S. is between an Italian-American and an Irish-American. A very stupid and not politically astute post for an Irish-American politician. Add to this Democrat Ken Pringle “guido” comment that made national news years back and you have the true picture of Democrats and their prejudice. Like Harvey Weinstein, let the prominent Italian-American Belmar Democrats give him a pass.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    First they came for the Trump supporters, and I did not speak out because i was not a Trump supporter.

    Then they came after the Republicans, and I did not speak out because I was not a Republican.

    Then they came after the NRA members, and I did not speak out because I was not a NRA member.

    Then they came after the White “Privilege” folks, and I did not speak out because I was not White or Privileged.

    Then they came after people who where not members of a Union, and I did not speak out.

    Then they came after me and there was no one left to speak out.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink
  12. NO Pass wrote:

    Another far left hypocrite imposing 21st century American values on someone in the 15th Century WHILE condoning the Clinton Foundation taking large contributions from 21st Century counties who practice 11th century values. He’s a teacher?

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink
  13. Guest wrote:

    Write in – James Bean

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Like Matt, Tom is demonostrating once again that he STANDS FOR NOTHING.

    And that band played Waltzing Matilda?

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  15. Anony mouse wrote:

    #6 The huge hepatitis A outbreak in ca is being partially blamed on the fact that the homeless no longer have a place to deposit their waste. I shit you not. The law of unintended consequences.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
  16. OLD MAN wrote:

    #13. You can’t write in Jim Bean. Then Tom will win. We know you want Tom. Just say so. Give us the details why we should give him another term.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  17. Joshua Vallario wrote:

    I have successfully managed very large construction and technology projects for the largest financial firms in the world. I have worked with state and municipal governments for tax abatement programs, DOT, have managed a large global staff of data center engineers, managed engineering and construction teams, built a successful business during nights and weekend through just plain old hard work and creativity.

    I can help make better decisions in regard to the development efforts and the business deals that are coming before our council – simply, I just have more of the experience that is necessary to do the job. Seems pretty logical, no?

    And I have really nice blue sneakers (snuck this one in there for the folks that saw the blue sneaker comment on the other thread)…

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  18. Terry wrote:

    No name candidate strikes again.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:10 am | Permalink
  19. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Let’s all lighten up a bit and listen to this great rendition of The Weight – Gillian Welch & Old Crow Medicine Show – YouTube

    Video for The Weight – Gillian Welch & Old Crow Medicine Show 6:28

    Sep 27, 2007 – Uploaded by fw22901
    OCMS join Gillian and David Rawlings for an encore at St Lukes in London. This was broadcast on BBC4.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:33 am | Permalink
  20. Predictions wrote:

    #16. You are unhinged. How dare you tell others how to vote. A write in is the ONLY sane vote this November. You can not guarantee that Josh will be any better than Tom. Your a fool.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8:04 am | Permalink
  21. Guest wrote:

    16 – Write in – James Bean

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  22. Write In wrote:

    How far thus blog has fallen. At one time the posts contained substance regarding candidates. Now we have lawn sign arguments. I agree, write in James Bean.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    How humiliating this must be for James Bean.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink
  24. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    Trust me Jim is not humiliated. He was not “humiliated” even in his loss to Mad Matt in 2014. When we write him in this November he will humbly accept the compliment. That’s who Jim Bean is, a gentleman, a friend, a great dad, a great husband and a reminder that we can do better.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  25. admin wrote:

    Are you writing him in for mayor of Florida?

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  26. P.S. wrote:

    I am so disgusted by the two candidates for N.J. Governor that I will do a write in also for that.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  27. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #25. Very Funny! You know there is no such office as “Mayor of Florida”. If Jim moves to say Ft. Myers ( which is out of control, crime is higher than Newark NJ ) I’m all in and would work my butt off to see him elected. Just sayin.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    So Jim would rather his name be forever associated with the “write in” machinations of the unhinged Guest and Company?

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm | Permalink
  29. Sheesh wrote:

    “Forever associated”? Are you high? Lay off the sauce. I agree with you Mr.Ehmann. He has my write in vote.

    Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  30. Terry Pierce wrote:

    #18 why don’t you have the courage to use your full name? It might encourage people to read what you write.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Boyscouts are soliciting all over Belmar with garbage bags left on residents doors.

    Is Doherty going to call the police on our Boyscouts for garbage bag soliciting?

    Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  32. Missy wrote:

    Boy Scout soliciting all over Belmar for food drive.. The manner in which it is promoted irks me. No face to face contact with homeowners…collect as many bags as possible. Is this a contest? God forbid if the scouts do not get a badge! Of all days, pick up is Nov. 11th…It would be fitting to visit a vet with a bag of nonperishable food. Just my thought.

    Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  33. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #32 Missy, what makes you think veterans need food?
    As far as the boi scouts, face to face might mean the bouys have to actually converse as in speak actual wurds, listen to the repli and then possibly repli to that. It may end up erupting into actual full blown konversashun, heaven forbid.

    Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Permalink
  34. Missy wrote:

    #33..Thank you vets!
    Enuf said!

    Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
  35. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #34 – Nott to be a stikler, but their are too fs in the wurd – enuff.

    Monday, November 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Permalink
  36. dizzy wrote:

    Wow, I read the comment about vets to mean veterinarians and people should bring canned or dried pet food. Animals are people, two, I mean, too.

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

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