I just read a Letter to the Editor from West Milford, NJ (because my Google Alerts is not properly excluding other states). The writers pledge that “The few signs we will be placing will be on individual properties that owners have given us permission to do so. (…) And we will not be littering your mailbox with campaign material.”

In Milford, campaigners are not allowed to put signs on private property without permission (or on public property at all) and it is totally illegal to put campaign materials on or in mailboxes.

I suppose seeing your name on a sign is thrilling, but my last name is rather "common," so I don't really need the publicity. Anyway, all those names are lost in a flimsy forest of signs, cluttering the landscape, ineffective and hardly informative.

Last election someone came into my yard to smear feces on my candidate signs.

No, I don’t know if it was Dog or Human excrement. Does it matter?

So, I have a simple statement that doesn’t require so many signs: Vote Row A.

Essentially that is a vote for the Democratic ticket. It is a vote against the unapologetic local supporters of the Trump Administration. It is a vote for healthcare, civil rights, equal education opportunities, environmentalism, and a slew of humanist causes.

That’s it. Just “Vote Row A.”

It is a short message and no landscapes have been harmed.

Mike Brown

Milford

As members of Milford’s Board of Education, we’re proud of the progress our district has made over the last two years. Many of our schools have experienced double digit improvements in academic performance. Our students are taking more challenging courses. We now have Technology and Entrepreneurship Career Pathways available. School safety has been improved. Busing has been expanded.

No matter how good our schools are, they can always be better and we believe we have an obligation to make that happen. A district can’t be great unless every student can reach their full potential. It’s critical that students with special needs and disabilities, English learners, and students from low income families get the support they need.

If Hartford cuts education funding and our budget is reduced, the board may have to make very difficult decisions. We’re committed to ensuring that we maintain a student centered quality education for all.

While there have been improvements in communication with families and the community, many parents and teachers still don’t feel their voices are being heard. We need to make sure that they are not only heard but that they know their thoughts, opinions and expertise

are valued.

We’re active members of the board. We don’t just attend meetings. We research issues, analyze state test results and budget reports, attend conferences, meet with legislators and discuss issues with parents and educators within and outside our district. We’re committed to being transparent and make our positions on issues clearly known.

We need your vote on November 7. We love being on the board, we’re passionate about education and we hope that we can continue to contribute to making our schools the best they can be.

Tom Jagodzinski, Susan Krushinsky

Milford

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit #15 in Milford, would like to thank all of our neighbors who donated coats and other warm items to us on October 7th. It was the best drive we have had and we owe it to all of you. We had groups dropping off bags of handmade hats an scarves, cars with one to ten large bags of items. All donations were appreciated and will be given out to the men and women veterans this month. Just in time for the cool weather. A special thanks to Milford Bank, Executive Cleaners, Stop & Shop and Dollar General for allowing us to place our flyers. Thanks to Greg Smith and the VFW for spreading the word.

Hope to see you all next year.

Pam Monacelli

DAV Auxiliary, Unit #15

Milford