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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, October 25, 2017

It’s nice to see the Republicans in disarray, fighting amongst themselves and seemingly unable to govern. It’s good to know that they are so dysfunctional that they come across as completely ineffectual. Unfortunately, they’re still doing quite a lot of damage, and rather than focusing on rebuilding the party, developing an effective platform and determining a new message, Democratics are fighting amongst themselves. Mainly Hillary supporters versus Bernie supporters. It’s bullshit.

There is no real leadership in the Democratic Party. No one to get behind. We have a bunch of the old guard, defending their ground, and refusing to change. We have angry people on the Left (here I thought all Democrats were on the Left), sick of the status quo and looking for change.

This is probably not new I guess. There are always different factions pulling one direction or another.

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Most people in Cape May County would tell you that the engine that drives the economy is tourism, and they’d be right. But the problem is, that engine isn’t enough to sustain growth and provide a living wage for all our residents. We need more opportunities and a vision for growing the local economy.

Danielle Davies and Gregory Wall are running for Cape May County Freeholder. They have a plan to reinvest in Cape May County Technical Schools and take advantage of the best opportunity this county has for growth: the marine industry.

Between the fishing industry, marine construction, countless marinas and pleasure boating businesses, we also have boat manufacturers such as Yank Marine and Viking Yachts. There is a need for skilled jobs such as welders, engine mechanics, and electronics technicians.

The reality is, not everyone is going to go to college, but that doesn’t mean those kids don’t deserve a future. With the ballooning cost of higher education, for many people, it’s just out of reach. As a nation we need to be reinvesting in technical and trade schools. Give our young people a foundation towards making a living wage and a path towards success and the American Dream.

Starting right now, we can make a difference in the lives of countless young people, change the direction of Cape May County, and begin to build the foundation for future growth.

We need to reinvest in education across the board, but we have immediate opportunities in the technical and vocational schools. We need to be working with local business to help guide our curriculum and provide graduates with the best possible chance of success. With a skilled local workforce, we can attract businesses to the area and become a catalyst for growth.