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  1. Villas - The Cape May spout about our changing society here dismisses actual census report projections for the long range make-up of the U.S., since the younger minority families here will produce more children of different racial lines. It's a definite trend which most of us can see now, and maybe future affirmative programs for all races might be welcomed.

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  2. Court House - The parent complaining about an educational presentation at the grade school needs to understand that N.J. state standards are set for developing life skills, for critical thinking and age appropriate sex education. While the parent may have reservations, just being a taxpayer cannot supersede state educational policies, as approved by the legislature.

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  3. Wildwood - A North Wildwood spouter said that in some Scandinavian countries, military volunteers get to pick what missions they go on. If true, I find that interesting. Mostly all of the Scandinavian countries have compulsory military service, so volunteers may be professional soldiers, and it may also be indicative of the fact that no Scandinavian country has won a war since the days of the Vikings.

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  4. Wildwood Crest - With all the constant spouts about term limits for area congressmen, how come there are so few calls to limit the number of years that local politicians can serve? Some of these people have been around since I was in school, doing the same things. We need younger people, with fresh ideas, and who aren't necessarily putting business interests first.

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  5. Ocean City - A Rio Grande spouter thinks that America is "becoming" diverse because of the Latino and Asian immigrants. We have been diverse since we were provinces of England, France and Spain. We spoke many languages as time went on and new immigrants arrived from Ireland, Germany and France. As the influx of Eastern European Jews came, we added Yiddish, Russian and Polish to our lexicon. The difference is that as much as each of these cultures struggled to maintain identity, they also strove to conform and learn English.

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  6. Avalon - The self-proclaimed Avalon intelligent high school spouter must not have done well in history. The Social Security Act was passed in 1935 and the first social security number issued in 1937. The first social security benefit check was issued in 1940. Not only was that well past the "Great Depression" but even after the recession of 1937. High school history books don't have all the facts. I am eligible to collect social security and I was raised by persons who grew up in the Depression. With the glut of unwarranted SSI payments and some great mismanagement, I may outlive what I am due.

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  7. Cape May - A writer in a letter to the Herald wishes our country to again become part of the U.K. Having lived there in the military, I will assume that writer would not be pleased with the very conscious class system they still have today. Generally decent folks, they accept these class distinctions quietly, and probably would be appalled ruling us feisty Yanks.

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  8. Wildwood Crest - The parent who feels she should decide what her child is taught in school just because of paying taxes might feel differently were she stopped by a cop for something, whose salary we all help pay. She/he makes no mention of qualifications to make rational decisions, but paying taxes should not be the determining factor.

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  9. North Wildwood - Reading the comments here, many from older veterans, we wonder if today's youth were subject to a military draft, who, in general, are pampered and helicoptered by loving and overly-caring parents, would they hold up? Would they unquestioningly follow orders, accept discipline and face death, as did the older generations? Would our military today be comfortable with draftees?

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  10. Rio Grande - Accepting change is usually difficult for many people, but because of millions of Asian, African and Latino immigrants over the last 40 years, whose average age is below 30, America is becoming culturally, socially and racially diverse, on the order of today's Brazil, and the older folks need to accept the new reality.

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