Another reason to save Camden High School; Sweeney a friend to disability community | Feedback

Camden High School has been the subject lately of views both for and against the  preservation of the 101-year-old building, which is being torn down for a replacement school.

Those in favor of preservation say the old structure should be added to the Register of Historic Places. A lawsuit has been filed which also raises environmental concerns for the community. Conversely, Camden Superintendent of Schools Paymon Rouhanifard has said,”We simply can’t put adult nostalgia over the needs of children,” but he hopes to include some historical features in the new building.

Having visited the “Castle on the Hill” a number of times, a clear memory comes to mind: walking up the marble steps in the entryway and seeing the engraved lettering of Proverbs 1:7 on the left wall. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. In this case, “fear” means respect.

In the 1900s, when the Bible was respected more in public life than it is today, a portion of it was read daily in many public schools. However, in our current politically correct culture God is not welcome, and the Word of God is banned in many government-run places. Maybe some are threatened by the one book that, if read and applied would make a big difference in one’s life.

Whether or not the “Castle on the Hill” is preserved, I would hope that many of its students over the years would have remembered the truth of Proverbs 1:7 and be encouraged by it.

Barbara Essington, Carneys Point Township

Individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities are accustomed to have to fight at the state and local levels for both resources and attention to issues vital to their needs.   

While no one actively opposes the rights of people with disabilities, very few are willing to risk political capital to really fight for them and their priorities. 

Being a father to a daughter with a developmental disability, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) is a leader who has strived for the…

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