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Letter: Mark Hines Has Earned My Respect

A resident asks for voters to support the Democratic council candidates and expresses her esteem for open space advocate, and candidate, Mark Hines.

To the editor:

I have known Mark Hines and his family for many years. I have pictures of them, even when their children were very young, helping with STEM's Natural Area Care projects, as well as with our special events. Many people don't know Mark has been contributing his time and energy to the well-being of Moorestown in many ways.

He has served on the library board and is currently on the board of the Moorestown Improvement Association. I have observed him at town council meetings advocating for transparency in our local government for years. When the current council attempted to use the Open Space Trust Fund for an athletic project, he, with an immense amount of perseverance and effort, initiated MSOS (Moorestown Save Open Space). He rallied citizens to encourage council to finance artificial turf fields another way. It wasn't easy for him or his family, as well as many of us who voted for a dedicated tax to PRESERVE our open spaces—not develop them—to be called “misinformed” or “divisive.”

My esteem for Mark grew immensely then and confirmed my belief that he would provide the kind of leadership Moorestown needs. He is a good person who demonstrated for a long time and in many ways that he is willing to work for the good of  our town.

I hope many will join me in voting for the Hines, Newcomer and Sattinger team this week.

Kathy Carswell
Moorestown

Editor's note: Patch had previously stated all election-related letters to the editor would not be run after Saturday, but due to the number of letters received prior to the 5 p.m. Friday deadline—and the abundance of non-political news featured on Moorestown Patch on Saturday—we made an exception. There will be no more election-related letters run until Wednesday.

Mark Hines November 04, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Elizabeth and I have known Kathy, and her husband Sam, personally for many years. However, I think it is clear in her letter who she is supporting, for all three votes.
Susan November 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Mr. Hines is a nice man. That has never been my issue. My issue was only ever the plans he and his fellow candidates are putting forth. Many of their ideas are about spending money (they say reinvestment, but it all costs money). I just think it's a bad idea right now. I think I will wind up supporting Sattinger, but vote for Napolitano and Palko as my other two votes. I'd like to see Republicans hold the majority, but I think having a Democrat with a financial background could be helpful and give a different voice.
Mark Hines November 04, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Good morning Susan. Thank you for your kind comments. You have every right to challenge us on fiscal responsibility. All citizens should do so. First of all, you will have an excellent councilperson in Brian Sattinger. He is a fine man, involved quietly in the community for years, and is very good with financial issues. In regards to your concerns about spending money, I served on the Moorestown Library Board, and was on the budget subcommittee. We had to deal with some significant financial issues, and found ways to do more with less. I supported the phasing out of longevity bonuses for employees, which impacted friends and dedicated library employees, but it was one of the tough choices we had to face and address. The Main Street Manager concept has clearly worked, and continues to work in Haddonfield and Collingswood, and communities throughout the country. If we continue to have empty storefronts, we have work to do in economic development. We have stepped forward with a plan, and we will guard our tax dollars by thorough metrics to measure performance and get results. When this works, this is the real long term tax relief that was promised to Moorestown. Nearly all of the revenue from the sale of liquor licenses will essentially stay in reserves, or used to provide meaningful long term tax relief, but 2% of it can be used in a highly effective means to reinvigorate our retail districts and provide tax relief through enhanced revenues.
New poll November 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This race has tightened a bit but republicans still leading in the fictitious, amateur analysis.. Parker's Creek Poll Garwood 39%, Napolitano 35%, Palko 33%, Newcomer 30%, Sattinger 26%, Hines 22% Strawbridge Lake Poll Garwood 40%, Napolitano 33%, Palko 32%, Newcomer 31%, Sattinger 26%, Hines 25% Swedes Run Poll Garwood 40%, Palko 34%, Napolitano 31%, Newcomer 30%, Sattinger 25%, Hines 24% All these fictious polls have a margin of error and may have undecideds not included, may have robocall hangups not counted, those placing wrong lawn signs on their yard, houses not included during canvassing, etc.
HomeBrew November 04, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Don't always agree with Mr. Hines, but he deserves tremendous credit for standing up against efforts to drain the OS Fund to pay for a second [unnecessary] $1M+ syn-turf field at WBNorth. Dems and Repubs alike were appalled when three GOP Council members, backed by a small cadre of synners, tried to hijack the fund. And Dems and Repubs alike, when voting on Tuesday, should remember Mr. Hines' role in stopping it.
dirty laundry November 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
is this the same person who endorsed this guy and msos last year? " i may not always agree with him" ?? a good guess is this guy was running all along in this year's election. so is this guy endorsing mr hines for council behind the scenes? am i wrong?
Disappointed Democrat November 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Voting Republican this year. Obama turned me big time against Democrats.
New poll November 04, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Hey laundry, that's like saying "is this the man?" "Yes" "Is this the man who wrecked the buffet at the Harrow Club this morning?" "ahh, yes"
Tyroil Smoochie-Wallace November 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Ranked by qualifications and experience. Party doesn't matter. 1. Palko 2. Sattinger 3. Hines 4. Newcomer 5. Garwood 6. Napalitano
New poll November 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Depends on what qualifications and experience is defined. Your rankings are very suspect. Or was this a multiple choice question and we are to choose from this list? For what I know the republican candidates and their team did run a good campaign with fresh faces, whereas the democrats two have run before and lost and the other had been active. But their campaign seemed to be not well organized? We will see where this all goes.
Tyroil Smoochie-Wallace November 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
New poll just in! Newcomer is surging! Turns out experience and qualifications matter more than running a "good" campaign
Ed Nice November 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Mark do you still think the Open Space Recreation Farmland and Historic Trust fund is only for acquisition or can fields be fixed with it to0? What about using the fund on lands that were not acquired like STEM sued about like Strawbridge Lake would you or anyone use the fund this way? Be honest with us before we vote. Do you think you owe JB an apology for the lies and attacks you made?
New poll November 04, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Sorry, all three polls that came out this morning may show it close but neither have a democrat winning. Buy I'll give your point that newcomer is within the margin of error for a possible pickup but not likely. With all the robocalls, canvassing, and other fictitious rough data, it seems to be a republican victory Tuesday night.
Run and Hide November 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Look at the Moorestown Republican record on tax and spend: 2009: largest tax increase (28%) in Moorestown history. Brought to you by the Moorestown Republicans. 2009 - 2012: $4 million spent on a pile of dirt, where the town hall should be. Again, brought to you by the Moorestown Republicans. 2013 and on: elect more Republicans. Spend millions more on vanity projects (town hall, artificial turf).
Run and Hide November 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I like Mark Hines. He is a kind, generous and smart person.
Run and Hide November 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
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