Where is that U.S. 1 Business Directory? As always at this time of year, the annual directory is at the printer as we write this notice, scheduled to be delivered to our office sometime on Thursday, April 29.

But unlike the case in past years, the 2010-’11 Business Directory will not be delivered free of charge to your office. This year, in line with many other publications, we are asking readers to pay some of the freight for this publication. It will be available in our office for just $18.95 ($23.95 by mail). We will have more details in this space next week.

#b#To the Editor: Teacher’s Letter Missed the Point#/b#

A letter in last week’s edition by Alina Lupo, a teacher from Hillside who was critical of Governor Chris Christie’s budget decisions, generated a response online from a first-time writer.

I’m usually not a letter writer either, but Alina Lupo’s letter (U.S. 1, April 14) has me so incensed that I felt I needed to respond.

It seems like the members of the public employee unions, including the teachers unions, are living in a world that is different from the one I live in. The economy is down and the state is broke and, thanks to the previous governor, has a deficit of $11 billion, yet the unions expect nothing to change for them.

The teachers unions expect to continue receiving raises every year, have the taxpayers fund their entire health insurance premiums (while the people in the private sector pay for some or all of their premiums, something that really frosts me), and to retire in their mid 50s with pensions that are much better than anything private industry is able to offer for us even at age 65. Taxing our way out of the problem is no longer an option, either, since New Jersey already has some of the highest taxes in the country.

Governor Christie has proposed to offset the proposed cuts by asking teachers to forgo one year’s raises and to pay 1.5 percent of their medical insurance premiums. In the face of the current economic problems, these seem like reasonable solutions, yet the response from the teachers unions has been a rabid attack on the governor including a $1.8 million ad campaign against him. This is from a union, the NJEA, that is always pleading poverty but always has money to spend on politics and pays its president $265,000 a year and its executive director $550,000.

Like many in the public sector, Ms. Lupo only complains about the situation but doesn’t offer any solutions. What taxes would they like to raise, or what other programs would they like to cut?

What scares me and other taxpayers in the private sector is the prospect of possible increased local and state taxes on top of rumored increased federal taxes, like a VAT and increased gasoline taxes. I’m sorry, Ms. Lupo, and other public servants, the current salary, benefits, and pension structures are such that we in the private sector can no longer afford you.

John Bisset, West Windsor

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