I am a resident of Toms River, and it is absurd that in this town of wealth, we have needy people living just a few hundred feet off our main roads. What we need is our elected officials to recognize this problem publicly, develop a plan and let us know what we can do to help.
We can get our citizens all worked up about stem cell research and excited over a 3-day-old blastocyst that can only become a human if implanted into a womb. And we have people freezing and dying a few feet away from us, and we just turn our heads the other way.
We can ask our people here to invest millions of dollars for a school bubbledome to run track and field and we have people dying around us.
We need an Ocean County Peace Corps. We need someone to stand up and empower the wealthy to help the needy. After all, what good is all this wealth and good fortune if we have no compassion?