Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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A better way to fight a fire

Regarding "Blaze destroys fire chief's house" (Page A-1, May 9).

There is a photo accompanying the article of a firefighter standing on the roof of the residence. I have seen photos like this before, and a firefighter friend has told me that the reason they stand on the roof is to vent the flames and heat by poking a hole into it. It seems like a dangerous tactic to me, and I know of at least one local instance in which a firefighter fell through the roof and suffered extensive burns.

Wouldn't it be easier, safer and possibly quicker to have a mechanical device, like a small crane, either attached to a fire vehicle, or separate, that could be remotely maneuvered above the roof in order to break through it? The same device could also have a hose attached to begin that process of fighting the fire, if necessary. It could save a life some day.

Skip Van Lenten

Rochelle Park, May 9

Scalia's strange view of democracy

Regarding "From Scalia, a crash course on Constitution" (Page L- 1, May 9):

It was interesting to read the report on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's take on his perceived shortfalls in our current system of government with regard to the election of our U.S. senators.

In Scalia's enlightened Federalist world, our legislative system would be much better off with selection of our senators by our gerrymandered state legislatures rather than trusting this important right to us voters. It also seems incongruous that Scalia's rationale is that senators elected by us, the voters, have less connection to the states they represent than do senators picked by state legislatures, as was done prior to the early part of the 20th century.

Using Scalia's logic, maybe we shouldn't stop going back in time to the adoption of the 17th Amendment but rather go back even further in U.S. history to when only "privileged" property owners were allowed the vote. Might not this give us an even smarter electorate with better outcomes, at least in Scalia's eyes?

Or better yet, maybe because of our untrustworthy voters, Scalia would have us dispense with presidential elections altogether and let the Supreme Court decide for the voters ... certainly something never done in the past.

Joseph Gould

River Vale, May 9

Do not extend the bear hunt

Regarding "October bear hunt seen as possibility" (Page L-1, May 8):

It all makes perfect sense to me. The state of New Jersey has been hunting black bears for five years now, yet their numbers are about the same or have increased. Nuisance complaints are on the rise, state officials say; I wonder why.

It is only "recommended" that property owners properly secure garbage and not feed bears to keep them from becoming a nuisance. The laws are on the books against such behavior, but they are rarely enforced.

It is much easier for authorities to expand the existing hunt to deal with these complaints than it is to use current legislation or enact tougher laws to keep them from happening in the first place. …

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