Should NFL commissioner Roger Goodell resign?

 

Darth Vadar, Planet Alderon - Some of the players seem to have gone to the dark side. He has to use the force to get them to clean up their acts.

Darth Vadar, Planet Alderon – Some of the players seem to have gone to the dark side. He has to use the force to get them to clean up their acts.

Nick Bergan, Keyport - No, I don’t think he should resign. He’s not the best commissioner the NFL ever had, but he's not the worst. Plus, I just like to watch the games. I don’t get involved in politics.

Nick Bergan, Keyport – No, I don’t think he should resign. He’s not the best commissioner the NFL ever had, but he’s not the worst. Plus, I just like to watch the games. I don’t get involved in politics.

Jerry Carannante, Cracker Barrel - No, I don’t think he should resign. He’s doing his job. Hopefully he won’t have anymore to deal with.

Jerry Carannante, Cracker Barrel – No, I don’t think he should resign. He’s doing his job. Hopefully he won’t have anymore to deal with.

Almando Cordero, Beckman’s - Roger Goodell should  not resign. He’s doing the best he can in a complicated situation. He should have told the truth in the beginning about the tape, but he shouldn’t resign. It’s like Barack Obama being blamed for every little thing. That’s what happens when you’re in charge.

Almando Cordero, Beckman’s – Roger Goodell should not resign. He’s doing the best he can in a complicated situation. He should have told the truth in the beginning about the tape, but he shouldn’t resign. It’s like Barack Obama being blamed for every little thing. That’s what happens when you’re in charge.

Mike Donatoni, Belmar & Marcell Del Corpo, Toms River - We agree that he shouldn’t resign. We all know that when you are the top dog, you pay people to do certain things. He didn’t beat his wife, he didn’t do anything wrong. People like drama and just jump on things. It’s not about the game it’s about someone’s personal life.

Mike Donatoni, Belmar & Marcell Del Corpo, Toms River – We agree that he shouldn’t resign. We all know that when you are the top dog, you pay people to do certain things. He didn’t beat his wife, he didn’t do anything wrong. People like drama and just jump on things. It’s not about the game it’s about someone’s personal life.

Dave Duncan, Asbury Park - I think Roger Goodell has nothing to do with the private affairs of Ray Rice. He didn’t do anything. If you don’t like what’s happening, don’t go to the games. That way you can take it out on the league, but the league didn’t do anything. I don’t watch football, but I believe in human rights.

Dave Duncan, Asbury Park – I think Roger Goodell has nothing to do with the private affairs of Ray Rice. He didn’t do anything. If you don’t like what’s happening, don’t go to the games. That way you can take it out on the league, but the league didn’t do anything. I don’t watch football, but I believe in human rights.

Donna Esposito, Long Branch & Denise Lemmon, Bradley Beach - We say no, he shouldn’t be forced to resign. It wasn’t handled properly from the start. It’s the same old, same old, with the cover-up, but he shouldn’t lose his job for it. Michael Vick is still playing, and look at what he did with the dogs. Because they’re celebrities it’s blown out of proportion. It happens everyday.

Donna Esposito, Long Branch & Denise Lemmon, Bradley Beach – We say no, he shouldn’t be forced to resign. It wasn’t handled properly from the start. It’s the same old, same old, with the cover-up, but he shouldn’t lose his job for it. Michael Vick is still playing, and look at what he did with the dogs. Because they’re celebrities it’s blown out of proportion. It happens everyday.

Wanda Kinard w/Mya Fisher, Neptune - If they find out that he withheld information, then he should resign. There’s no reason for a man to put his hands on a women or a child. Losing some of his sponserships and a lot of fans is not good for football. And we’re big football people. It’s sad.

Wanda Kinard w/Mya Fisher, Neptune – If they find out that he withheld information, then he should resign. There’s no reason for a man to put his hands on a women or a child. Losing some of his sponserships and a lot of fans is not good for football. And we’re big football people. It’s sad.

Marion Lynch, Wanamassa - Yes, he should. Absolutely, they have to set an example that they’re going to change football. You see all the horror stories that came out about football lately, with Penn State and the pros, it’s time to change the image.

Marion Lynch, Wanamassa – Yes, he should. Absolutely, they have to set an example that they’re going to change football. You see all the horror stories that came out about football lately, with Penn State and the pros, it’s time to change the image.

Christine Mizrahi, Belmar - I think Ray Rice should not only be suspended from playing football, but he should be in jail. He needs therapy. His wife needs therapy for marrying him.

Christine Mizrahi, Belmar – I think Ray Rice should not only be suspended from playing football, but he should be in jail. He needs therapy. His wife needs therapy for marrying him.

Nick Moore, Neptune - There’s no reason for him to resign. He admitted he mishandled the situation. If we all got fired for mishandling a situation, there would be a lot of unemployment. He makes money for the owners and they’re standing by him. That’s the bottom line.

Nick Moore, Neptune – There’s no reason for him to resign. He admitted he mishandled the situation. If we all got fired for mishandling a situation, there would be a lot of unemployment. He makes money for the owners and they’re standing by him. That’s the bottom line.

Poncho D., Neptune - Here’s the thing, he’s the commissioner, not a babysitter. He can’t control what goes on behind closed doors. If he should resign for that, Christie should resign for Bridgegate. As for the child getting hit with a switch, in my time we were sent to get the switch. It wasn’t about child endangerment, it was about discipline. Should he resign - no. And those bandwagon jumpers - it’s getting out of hand.

Poncho D., Neptune – Here’s the thing, he’s the commissioner, not a babysitter. He can’t control what goes on behind closed doors. If he should resign for that, Christie should resign for Bridgegate. As for the child getting hit with a switch, in my time we were sent to get the switch. It wasn’t about child endangerment, it was about discipline. Should he resign – no. And those bandwagon jumpers – it’s getting out of hand.

Steve Rubenstein, Ocean - I want to remain neutral on that one. I’m just glad Michael Vick is no longer playing for the Eagles. (Over the dog incident). I think he should be in jail. I stopped watching football for 3 years because of that. Rand Paul 2016!

Steve Rubenstein, Ocean – I want to remain neutral on that one. I’m just glad Michael Vick is no longer playing for the Eagles. (Over the dog incident). I think he should be in jail. I stopped watching football for 3 years because of that. Rand Paul 2016!

The Question Is….

 

Should professional athletes be held accountable for their off field antics?

 

Marilyn Tomaino, Ocean - It depends on the severity of it, I think. People have a right to their privacy, to an extent. What Ray Rice did was despictable.  He deserves whatever  penalty he’s dealt. What kind of message does this send?

Marilyn Tomaino, Ocean – It depends on the severity of it, I think. People have a right to their privacy, to an extent. What Ray Rice did was despictable. He deserves whatever penalty he’s dealt. What kind of message does this send?

Charlie Anteby, Elberon - My answer is absolutely. They have an obligation to serve as role models. There's a lot of fans out there who look up to those players, and they have an influence. So when we see abuse from them on their spouses and children, it has an influence. I’m more appalled by the abuse of the kid. What happened to the wife was awful, but the kid was worse.

Charlie Anteby, Elberon – My answer is absolutely. They have an obligation to serve as role models. There’s a lot of fans out there who look up to those players, and they have an influence. So when we see abuse from them on their spouses and children, it has an influence. I’m more appalled by the abuse of the kid. What happened to the wife was awful, but the kid was worse.

Don Barlett, Neptune -  Definitely. I think everybody should be held accountable for their actions. Besides the fact that kids look up to them. I don’t think any man should punch a female. I guess he’s going to get what he deserves.

Don Barlett, Neptune – Definitely. I think everybody should be held accountable for their actions. Besides the fact that kids look up to them. I don’t think any man should punch a female. I guess he’s going to get what he deserves.

Lenny Bigglesworth, Neptune City - I think that everyone should be responsible for all of their actions all of the time, and nobody’s exempt from taking responsibility for their actions.

Lenny Bigglesworth, Neptune City – I think that everyone should be responsible for all of their actions all of the time, and nobody’s exempt from taking responsibility for their actions.

Sal & Sam Boyd, Allenhurst - Yes. definitely. They’re role models for children, more than anything. They need to be held accountable and, perhaps, one day they’ll realize the consequences. Antics are antics, everybody should be held accountable, no matter who you are.

Sal & Sam Boyd, Allenhurst – Yes. definitely. They’re role models for children, more than anything. They need to be held accountable and, perhaps, one day they’ll realize the consequences. Antics are antics, everybody should be held accountable, no matter who you are.

Sal DeStefano, Ocean Grove - Yes, despite what Charles Barkley says, athletes are role models and they get paid a lot to be role models. Look at Derek Jeter, he’s an excellent role model.

Sal DeStefano, Ocean Grove – Yes, despite what Charles Barkley says, athletes are role models and they get paid a lot to be role models. Look at Derek Jeter, he’s an excellent role model.

Kiernan & Laura Dugan, Interlaken - We think that despite what your profession is you should be held accountable for your actions.  Those in the public spotlight, even more so.

Kiernan & Laura Dugan, Interlaken – We think that despite what your profession is you should be held accountable for your actions. Those in the public spotlight, even more so.

Marc Ellington, Laquella Johnson, Wall & Mina Wilson, with the youngsters of Asbury Park Pop Warner - Yes, they should. A lot of people look up to professional athletes. They represent a lot more then just playing. They need to be held to a higher standard. Kids see these things on TV and they don’t know if it’s okay or not.

Marc Ellington, Laquella Johnson, Wall & Mina Wilson, with the youngsters of Asbury Park Pop Warner – Yes, they should. A lot of people look up to professional athletes. They represent a lot more then just playing. They need to be held to a higher standard. Kids see these things on TV and they don’t know if it’s okay or not.

Gerard & Martha Kieczylowski, Ocean Grove - Absolutely. Why should they be different then anyone else. Not  to mention their special position as role models. We think everyone should be held to a higher moral and civil standard.

Gerard & Martha Kieczylowski, Ocean Grove – Absolutely. Why should they be different then anyone else. Not to mention their special position as role models. We think everyone should be held to a higher moral and civil standard.

Raya Quinones, Asbury Park - Absolutely!! Beat your kid with a switch? Put your hands on a woman? I hope you’ve got some money stashed. You’re going to be on the dole like the rest of us. Unacceptable. Total unacceptable.

Raya Quinones, Asbury Park – Absolutely!! Beat your kid with a switch? Put your hands on a woman? I hope you’ve got some money stashed. You’re going to be on the dole like the rest of us. Unacceptable. Total unacceptable.

Dan Sheridan, Ocean - Yes, they should. It’s a private business. they have a reputation to uphold. They’re role models. The NFL has an image to uphold. It’s a business; a brand. It’s the most popular sports brand in the US. I think anyone should be held accountable for their actions outside or anywhere, as it could impact their employment.

Dan Sheridan, Ocean – Yes, they should. It’s a private business. they have a reputation to uphold. They’re role models. The NFL has an image to uphold. It’s a business; a brand. It’s the most popular sports brand in the US. I think anyone should be held accountable for their actions outside or anywhere, as it could impact their employment.

Mary Ann Shorter, Asbury Park - Of course. You shouldn’t beat your wife. You shouldn’t beat your kids with a stick, so bad he had to go to the hospital. We used to get smacked as a kid, even in school, but not like that.  You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

Mary Ann Shorter, Asbury Park – Of course. You shouldn’t beat your wife. You shouldn’t beat your kids with a stick, so bad he had to go to the hospital. We used to get smacked as a kid, even in school, but not like that. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

Jay & Stacy Stark, Allenhurst - Yes, we do. There is a moral conduct code that the athletes agree to when they sign their contract and domestic violence clearly violates the code of conduct.

Jay & Stacy Stark, Allenhurst – Yes, we do. There is a moral conduct code that the athletes agree to when they sign their contract and domestic violence clearly violates the code of conduct.

“How was the start of your school year?”

 

This week THE COASTER asked, “How was the start of your school year?” – and the consensus was that the future looks bright for these outstanding students:

Jenna & Noah Spitzer, Long Branch - It was good for both of us. We saw our old friends and our teachers are really nice. We both like school.  It’s going to be a good year for us.

Jenna & Noah Spitzer, Long Branch – It was good for both of us. We saw our old friends and our teachers are really nice. We both like school. It’s going to be a good year for us.

Victor Andrade, Ocean - It was good, I got to play with my friends at recess. I’m in second grade. It’s going to be a good year because my teacher is really nice - Mrs. Buck.

Victor Andrade, Ocean – It was good, I got to play with my friends at recess. I’m in second grade. It’s going to be a good year because my teacher is really nice – Mrs. Buck.

J.J. Atkins & Ra’Zhon, McNeil - J.J.: We learned the times tables and multiplication. After school we had a party. Ra’Zhon: I walked to school. We learned and at the end of the day we had a party for one of the girls. It was her birthday.

J.J. Atkins & Ra’Zhon, McNeil – J.J.: We learned the times tables and multiplication. After school we had a party. Ra’Zhon: I walked to school. We learned and at the end of the day we had a party for one of the girls. It was her birthday.

Ethan Brandimarte, Ocean - I just started Ocean Junior High, the fifth grade. It was fun, but not the best. The lunch was good. My locker is next to Emily’s.

Ethan Brandimarte, Ocean – I just started Ocean Junior High, the fifth grade. It was fun, but not the best. The lunch was good. My locker is next to Emily’s.

Ethan DeFonseka, Wayside -  It was good. I got my second grade teacher again, Miss McConville. It was good to see her again. She taught us all the rules. I think I’m going to have a good year.

Ethan DeFonseka, Wayside – It was good. I got my second grade teacher again, Miss McConville. It was good to see her again. She taught us all the rules. I think I’m going to have a good year.

Elizabeth Ellis, Oakhurst - It was fun being able to see all your friends again. I think it’s going to be a good year, because all my teachers are very motivational. I go to Ocean Twp. Intermediate.

Elizabeth Ellis, Oakhurst – It was fun being able to see all your friends again. I think it’s going to be a good year, because all my teachers are very motivational. I go to Ocean Twp. Intermediate.

Brian & Ellen Gibbons w/Maeve & Brian, W., Allenhurst - Maeve: It’s really fun and exciting. I love my teacher, Mrs. Francisco. Brian: My teachers are really nice. I just started at the Ocean Middle School. I expect to have a good year and one last day at the beach.

Brian & Ellen Gibbons w/Maeve & Brian, W., Allenhurst – Maeve: It’s really fun and exciting. I love my teacher, Mrs. Francisco. Brian: My teachers are really nice. I just started at the Ocean Middle School. I expect to have a good year and one last day at the beach.

Manny Hernandez & Norma Quinunez, Neptune - Norma: It was ok. I was late both days so far. I’m looking forward to graduation. Manny: Good. It went by fast. I’m a sophomore at Neptune High. It’s a good school.

Manny Hernandez & Norma Quinunez, Neptune – Norma: It was ok. I was late both days so far. I’m looking forward to graduation. Manny: Good. It went by fast. I’m a sophomore at Neptune High. It’s a good school.

Chase Kopacko, Oakhurst - Chase just started pre-school. He has friends. He’s learning his vowels.

Chase Kopacko, Oakhurst – Chase just started pre-school. He has friends. He’s learning his vowels.

Owen & Ben of Asbury Park - Owen: I’m in the second grade. We had a snow ball fight with paper balls. There were notes written in the inside. That was the best day ever. Ben goes to pre-school, he learned about letters and numbers. And he learned about a train.

Owen & Ben of Asbury Park – Owen: I’m in the second grade. We had a snow ball fight with paper balls. There were notes written in the inside. That was the best day ever. Ben goes to pre-school, he learned about letters and numbers. And he learned about a train.

Lucas & Logan Renvoize, Wayside - Logan went to Ivy Hedge. I just like it. My favorite time is art class. Lucas: I love school. I have Mrs. Velba in the first grade. I love sports - gym class.

Lucas & Logan Renvoize, Wayside – Logan went to Ivy Hedge. I just like it. My favorite time is art class. Lucas: I love school. I have Mrs. Velba in the first grade. I love sports – gym class.

And the Question is….

 

What do you do on a rainy day in the summer? (asked on a rainy day in the summer)

Laura Mowczan, Neptune & Clayton Twidle, Ocean Grove - Go out to eat, and probably go to the movies. Sip hot tea, tea for two. We occasionally dance in the rain. We don’t sing.

Laura Mowczan, Neptune & Clayton Twidle, Ocean Grove – Go out to eat, and probably go to the movies. Sip hot tea, tea for two. We occasionally dance in the rain. We don’t sing.

Carl Baumann w/Luke, Allenhurst - We go to the movies. We saw “Despicable Me II’. The kids loved that movie. We’re going over to Middlebrook to catch another movie today, ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ We saw the ‘Lego Movie.’ The song is ‘Everything is Awesome.’ A favorite with the kids.

Carl Baumann w/Luke, Allenhurst – We go to the movies. We saw “Despicable Me II’. The kids loved that movie. We’re going over to Middlebrook to catch another movie today, ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ We saw the ‘Lego Movie.’ The song is ‘Everything is Awesome.’ A favorite with the kids.

Ryan Coutu & Jon Biondo, Asbury Park - We play bridge. Go bowling. sometimes the movies. Eating and adult beverages.

Ryan Coutu & Jon Biondo, Asbury Park – We play bridge. Go bowling. sometimes the movies. Eating and adult beverages.

Rosemarie Decker, Ocean Grove - I go to the farmer’s market in Asbury for local produce. I’ll be shopping at the local stores today. I rather shop with the local store owners than the stores at the mall.

Rosemarie Decker, Ocean Grove – I go to the farmer’s market in Asbury for local produce. I’ll be shopping at the local stores today. I rather shop with the local store owners than the stores at the mall.

Vincent Donato & Kristin Kruger, Asbury Park - We’re up early, no matter what the weather. We joke around and enjoy our company. We can turn any bad situation into a positive one. Good vibes.

Vincent Donato & Kristin Kruger, Asbury Park – We’re up early, no matter what the weather. We joke around and enjoy our company. We can turn any bad situation into a positive one. Good vibes.

Raina Grossman, Deal & Judy McClellan, Allenhurst - Today we’re going to breakfast at Franks and then we’re going home to Allenhurst and strategizing our next move for the next chapters in our careers. We’re looking for new positions.

Raina Grossman, Deal & Judy McClellan, Allenhurst – Today we’re going to breakfast at Franks and then we’re going home to Allenhurst and strategizing our next move for the next chapters in our careers. We’re looking for new positions.

Timothy Harden & Viva Van Story, Belmar - We sleep late on rainy days. Movies, bowling. we spend quality time on the couch together. We party.

Timothy Harden & Viva Van Story, Belmar – We sleep late on rainy days. Movies, bowling. we spend quality time on the couch together. We party.

Norman James, Neptune - Being a veteran and senior vice commander of Post 2639 in Neptune, we usually have a party at the post. Eat and drinks. We have to make the best of it.

Norman James, Neptune – Being a veteran and senior vice commander of Post 2639 in Neptune, we usually have a party at the post. Eat and drinks. We have to make the best of it.

Jerome Johnson, Bradley Beach - I still go to the gym at 7am on Saturdays. When I’m done I go to Franks to pick-up my tuna sandwich for dinner. I have a protein shake. I’ll catch a movie, maybe two if it’s really pouring.

Jerome Johnson, Bradley Beach – I still go to the gym at 7am on Saturdays. When I’m done I go to Franks to pick-up my tuna sandwich for dinner. I have a protein shake. I’ll catch a movie, maybe two if it’s really pouring.

Harvey & Lisa Karen, Wall - Go to the movies. We stop at Frank’s for breakfast. We love the jelly donuts there. We go to the Cabin on Rt 33 for dinner and cocktails. It’s not a bad day. It’s never a bad day.

Harvey & Lisa Karen, Wall – Go to the movies. We stop at Frank’s for breakfast. We love the jelly donuts there. We go to the Cabin on Rt 33 for dinner and cocktails. It’s not a bad day. It’s never a bad day.

Rob Martinetti, Belmar - I go shopping a the mall. I’m in business, ‘Robert’s Carpentry,’ so I do some inside work on a rainy day. Sometimes I go to the movies.

Rob Martinetti, Belmar – I go shopping a the mall. I’m in business, ‘Robert’s Carpentry,’ so I do some inside work on a rainy day. Sometimes I go to the movies.

Lisa Rodgers, Long Branch - I usually go shopping. I like thrift stores. The local thrift stores where you can find great bargains. Today I went to the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury. I bought a brand new Rachel Ray cast iron potware. Great stuff.

Lisa Rodgers, Long Branch – I usually go shopping. I like thrift stores. The local thrift stores where you can find great bargains. Today I went to the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury. I bought a brand new Rachel Ray cast iron potware. Great stuff.

 

Are you leery of flying?

 

Dameon Winslow, Asbury Park - Yeah, I’m scared to death. If something happens, you just can’t jump out and run like with a car or train. For me, no boats, no planes. At least not now, I’m too afraid.

Dameon Winslow, Asbury Park – Yeah, I’m scared to death. If something happens, you just can’t jump out and run like with a car or train. For me, no boats, no planes. At least not now, I’m too afraid.

Neil aka “The Silver Fox” Den Braven, Ocean Grove - I don’t mind the flying, it’s the airports, very inconsiderate! I just got back from flying to see my kids. I got cancelled three times. Very inconsiderate. Other than that, it’s the only way to go!

Neil aka “The Silver Fox” Den Braven, Ocean Grove – I don’t mind the flying, it’s the airports, very inconsiderate! I just got back from flying to see my kids. I got cancelled three times. Very inconsiderate. Other than that, it’s the only way to go!

Terri Fasolo, Asbury Park - Yes, I’m always leery. I never get on a plane. Who would right now? With all that is going on in the world. It’s sad. It really is.

Terri Fasolo, Asbury Park – Yes, I’m always leery. I never get on a plane. Who would right now? With all that is going on in the world. It’s sad. It really is.

Bob Gould, Oakhurst - It depends in the size of the broom. I wouldn’t fly overseas on an airplane, I have too much work and I can’t swim. I’m a plumbing contractor.

Bob Gould, Oakhurst – It depends in the size of the broom. I wouldn’t fly overseas on an airplane, I have too much work and I can’t swim. I’m a plumbing contractor.

Jesi Halprin, Asbury Park - No, not at all. I’ve flown so many times, especially in the past year. I don’t think about it. I think it’s safe.

Jesi Halprin, Asbury Park – No, not at all. I’ve flown so many times, especially in the past year. I don’t think about it. I think it’s safe.

Beth Shabazian, Belmar & Sue Hitcher, Atlanta - Beth: We were just talking about that this morning. I’m terrified of flying in the first place, and more so lately. Sue: I fly frequently, easily and it’s the best way to get there. I feel like I’m in my living room. No sense of being up in the air at all. I flew here Wednesday.

Beth Shabazian, Belmar & Sue Hitcher, Atlanta – Beth: We were just talking about that this morning. I’m terrified of flying in the first place, and more so lately. Sue: I fly frequently, easily and it’s the best way to get there. I feel like I’m in my living room. No sense of being up in the air at all. I flew here Wednesday.

John & Connie Lysko, Ocean - No, not at all. In fact, we’re flying to France in September. We have ‘Wander-lust.’ We love to travel. John recently retired and our major goal is to do as much traveling as we can.

John & Connie Lysko, Ocean – No, not at all. In fact, we’re flying to France in September. We have ‘Wander-lust.’ We love to travel. John recently retired and our major goal is to do as much traveling as we can.

Jill Magnuson, Ocean Grove - In the states I would fly. I would go out of the country where it was safe right now. I wouldn’t want to travel to Afghanistan or any other place where they’re at war with a no fly zone.

Jill Magnuson, Ocean Grove – In the states I would fly. I would go out of the country where it was safe right now. I wouldn’t want to travel to Afghanistan or any other place where they’re at war with a no fly zone.

Patti McCormick, Bradley Beach -Yes, I am. I’m always leery of flying, but more so now. Our daughters is in Germany right now, and I’m a little bit scared. She’s flying home this week.

Patti McCormick, Bradley Beach -Yes, I am. I’m always leery of flying, but more so now. Our daughters is in Germany right now, and I’m a little bit scared. She’s flying home this week.

Bill Mockridge, Ocean Grove - Not in this country. The crazies are in the other countries. I fly down to Florida. I’ll be going this fall.

Bill Mockridge, Ocean Grove – Not in this country. The crazies are in the other countries. I fly down to Florida. I’ll be going this fall.

Lee Morgan, Ocean Grove - Not in the least. Statistically it’s a very safe way to get around. I’ve done a lot of flying, both long and short flights. My longest flight was 14 hours. I don’t think twice about it.

Lee Morgan, Ocean Grove – Not in the least. Statistically it’s a very safe way to get around. I’ve done a lot of flying, both long and short flights. My longest flight was 14 hours. I don’t think twice about it.

Jessica Rant, Ocean - I don’t go away too much, but right now I wouldn’t travel outside of the US. It seems too risky right now. In state, I feel safe and I’d fly.

Jessica Rant, Ocean – I don’t go away too much, but right now I wouldn’t travel outside of the US. It seems too risky right now. In state, I feel safe and I’d fly.

Virginia Simpson, Spring Lake Heights - I’m sort of half and half. I think I would fly if I have to go somewhere. If I was going some place good. I wouldn’t just go for no reason at all. If it’s my time to go ...But it really is scary.

Virginia Simpson, Spring Lake Heights – I’m sort of half and half. I think I would fly if I have to go somewhere. If I was going some place good. I wouldn’t just go for no reason at all. If it’s my time to go …But it really is scary.

Should we seal the border?

 

Linda Tanchak, Asbury Park - Yes, absolutely, yes. All I want from my government is to defend my borders. That’s all I’ve ever asked. That and a strong military.

Linda Tanchak, Asbury Park – Yes, absolutely, yes. All I want from my government is to defend my borders. That’s all I’ve ever asked. That and a strong military.

Pat Arpasi, Tinton Falls - Yes, I definitely think we should. I don’t care who comes here, but we should know who they are and where they are going. When I was young, people who weren’t citizens had to register at the Post Office. Put up a fence. Whatever it takes. But there should be more registration opportunities if they want to come here legally.

Pat Arpasi, Tinton Falls – Yes, I definitely think we should. I don’t care who comes here, but we should know who they are and where they are going. When I was young, people who weren’t citizens had to register at the Post Office. Put up a fence. Whatever it takes. But there should be more registration opportunities if they want to come here legally.

Graham Carter, Ocean Grove - Definitely, seal the border with Canada and don’t let any Americans out.

Graham Carter, Ocean Grove – Definitely, seal the border with Canada and don’t let any Americans out.

Joseph Caruso, Old Bridge & Emi Modi, Asbury Park - Yes. God wants to protect America. They should pay taxes if they want to come here and work, even if they’re illegal. Our parents, we’re brother and sister, came here from Russia and worked like a dog. These people come here scott free, it’s not right. It’s all politics. They are hard workers, but let them pay taxes.

Joseph Caruso, Old Bridge & Emi Modi, Asbury Park – Yes. God wants to protect America. They should pay taxes if they want to come here and work, even if they’re illegal. Our parents, we’re brother and sister, came here from Russia and worked like a dog. These people come here scott free, it’s not right. It’s all politics. They are hard workers, but let them pay taxes.

Joyce Darling, W. Hartford, Conn. & Cynthia Darling, Montclair, NJ - We don’t think we should seal the borders, but we do need to address some issues. We can’t just ignore the suffering of those coming in, but we have to proactively address the backgrounds and the needs of those coming in.

Joyce Darling, W. Hartford, Conn. & Cynthia Darling, Montclair, NJ – We don’t think we should seal the borders, but we do need to address some issues. We can’t just ignore the suffering of those coming in, but we have to proactively address the backgrounds and the needs of those coming in.

Cathy Gorry, Bradley Beach - No. Borders weren’t sealed when al of our ancestors came here. They should get here legally, but don’t seal the borders.

Cathy Gorry, Bradley Beach – No. Borders weren’t sealed when al of our ancestors came here. They should get here legally, but don’t seal the borders.

Bonnie Graham, Ocean Grove - Yes, I do think we should.  As much as this country was settled by immigrants, they did so by proper channels.  I’m sure there is much we don’t know. Seeing all these young children coming over here without their parents, it’s very distressing. Who is going to take care of these children? It’s a situation that Congress needs to address and the sooner the better.

Bonnie Graham, Ocean Grove – Yes, I do think we should. As much as this country was settled by immigrants, they did so by proper channels. I’m sure there is much we don’t know. Seeing all these young children coming over here without their parents, it’s very distressing. Who is going to take care of these children? It’s a situation that Congress needs to address and the sooner the better.

Donna Hillbreeze, Tuscon, Arizona & Leigh Grahill, Asbury Park - Donna: I’m from Tuscon, Arizona, and I’m all for the patrol because I know that some bad people are coming across, but I don’t like the ugly, steel barriers that they are putting up. That keeps out the migrating wildlife that often goes back and forth.  I’m opposed to the big, ugly steel wall. I’m for people to be hired to patrol. Leigh: I say ditto. Just give it a ditto.

Donna Hillbreeze, Tuscon, Arizona & Leigh Grahill, Asbury Park – Donna: I’m from Tuscon, Arizona, and I’m all for the patrol because I know that some bad people are coming across, but I don’t like the ugly, steel barriers that they are putting up. That keeps out the migrating wildlife that often goes back and forth. I’m opposed to the big, ugly steel wall. I’m for people to be hired to patrol. Leigh: I say ditto. Just give it a ditto.

Carol Migrala, Little Silver - We won’t be able to support these people. We need to vaccinate them, there’s disease involved. I believe in helping other people, but it has to be done in an orderly fashion, not haphazardly. The president is proposing billions of dollars, with no plan. There has to be a plan, and Congress has to be involved.

Carol Migrala, Little Silver – We won’t be able to support these people. We need to vaccinate them, there’s disease involved. I believe in helping other people, but it has to be done in an orderly fashion, not haphazardly. The president is proposing billions of dollars, with no plan. There has to be a plan, and Congress has to be involved.

Christopher Nagy, Bradley Beach - Yes. And the reason is that the money we spend on housing and feeding illegals, it would be much cheaper to patrol the borders properly. I’m a former New Jersey Environmental Federation employee.

Christopher Nagy, Bradley Beach – Yes. And the reason is that the money we spend on housing and feeding illegals, it would be much cheaper to patrol the borders properly. I’m a former New Jersey Environmental Federation employee.

Sarah Pingatore, Cedar Knolls - I’ve been told that a fence has been disruptive to wildlife migratory patterns, so therefor it’s detrimental to the environment. We have to take everything into consideration.

Sarah Pingatore, Cedar Knolls – I’ve been told that a fence has been disruptive to wildlife migratory patterns, so therefor it’s detrimental to the environment. We have to take everything into consideration.

Ed Poehlmann, Ocean Grove - That’s a loaded question. I would say we need to regulate the borders, not close them. We have never been a country with sealed borders, and we shouldn’t start now. What we’re permitting to happen to all these children is inhumane. I don’t know the solution, but we have representatives in Washington who are supposed to figure it out. That’s they’re job, and they’re not doing it.

Ed Poehlmann, Ocean Grove – That’s a loaded question. I would say we need to regulate the borders, not close them. We have never been a country with sealed borders, and we shouldn’t start now. What we’re permitting to happen to all these children is inhumane. I don’t know the solution, but we have representatives in Washington who are supposed to figure it out. That’s they’re job, and they’re not doing it.

Joshua Reinhardt, Ocean Grove - Oh, that’s a tough one. I’ve worked with many Latinos before, and they are needed. And the Irish work just as hard and fast. Right now it doesn't seem as if the playing field is level, as people who come here illegally are given so much at taxpayers expense.

Joshua Reinhardt, Ocean Grove – Oh, that’s a tough one. I’ve worked with many Latinos before, and they are needed. And the Irish work just as hard and fast. Right now it doesn’t seem as if the playing field is level, as people who come here illegally are given so much at taxpayers expense.

What are your plans for the summer?

 

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Bryan Vitalo, Starving Artist - I hope to survive this job(waiter). They made me a server and that comes with a lot of responsibility.

Bryan Vitalo, Starving Artist – I hope to survive this job(waiter). They made me a server and that comes with a lot of responsibility.

Ed Whitney & Caryn Whitman, Asbury Park -  Caryn is in a play, Hairspray, at the Asbury VFW, July 11 thru 20th, the Premiere Theater group. Ed will be relaxing on the beach and doing a lot of spear fishing. Also, kayaking and competing on a Sprint triathlon.

Ed Whitney & Caryn Whitman, Asbury Park – Caryn is in a play, Hairspray, at the Asbury VFW, July 11 thru 20th, the Premiere Theater group. Ed will be relaxing on the beach and doing a lot of spear fishing. Also, kayaking and competing on a Sprint triathlon.

Amy Beringer, Taylor Carton & Arielle Mastando - Amy: Going to the Belmar beach and hanging out with friends. Taylor: I’m going to spend the summer at the Loch Arbour beach, by the pool. Arielle: I’m going to California for a vacation.

Amy Beringer, Taylor Carton & Arielle Mastando – Amy: Going to the Belmar beach and hanging out with friends. Taylor: I’m going to spend the summer at the Loch Arbour beach, by the pool. Arielle: I’m going to California for a vacation.

Tom Botwin, Avon - Hopefully at the beach in Avon and golfing. I’ll be enjoying the Avon Pavillion, which just opened again after Sandy.

Tom Botwin, Avon – Hopefully at the beach in Avon and golfing. I’ll be enjoying the Avon Pavillion, which just opened again after Sandy.

Vincent & Lindsay Codispoti, Neptune City - We’re having a baby - a boy. This will be our first. He’s due August 14th. Francis Codispoti.

Vincent & Lindsay Codispoti, Neptune City – We’re having a baby – a boy. This will be our first. He’s due August 14th. Francis Codispoti.

Arnold Criscitiello, Interlaken - I still work, at 79, full time. I’ll be going to the Allenhurst Beach Club, which I’ve done for the last 50 years. I do most of the cooking for the family. When the grandkids come home from college, they come to my house.

Arnold Criscitiello, Interlaken – I still work, at 79, full time. I’ll be going to the Allenhurst Beach Club, which I’ve done for the last 50 years. I do most of the cooking for the family. When the grandkids come home from college, they come to my house.

Vic Della Pello, Interlaken - Working, going to the beach. Getting my house painted and making music. I go to the North Beach in Asbury. I am not going away. I just moved to Interlaken and it’s all about the house.

Vic Della Pello, Interlaken – Working, going to the beach. Getting my house painted and making music. I go to the North Beach in Asbury. I am not going away. I just moved to Interlaken and it’s all about the house.

Norm Goldman, Ocean Grove - I’m going to spend my summer on the beautiful Ocean Grove beaches, catching up on my reading and solving the world’s problems.

Norm Goldman, Ocean Grove – I’m going to spend my summer on the beautiful Ocean Grove beaches, catching up on my reading and solving the world’s problems.

Michael & Raquel Green, Asbury Park - Mike: I’m going to work and I’m going to to enjoy the gift of God I have by being here in Asbury Park, where the music always rings and sings. Raquel: I’ll be visiting my dad in Asbury Park at the beach and enjoying the new restaurants in town.

Michael & Raquel Green, Asbury Park – Mike: I’m going to work and I’m going to to enjoy the gift of God I have by being here in Asbury Park, where the music always rings and sings. Raquel: I’ll be visiting my dad in Asbury Park at the beach and enjoying the new restaurants in town.

Bill Lisa, Long Branch - I’m going to catch up on things. I’m going to take a computer course at Brookdale. I’m going to take a writing course, as well. I’m going to visit all the relatives I haven’t seen in a while. I’m going to relax. I’m one of 10 siblings and I’m going to visit them all this summer.

Bill Lisa, Long Branch – I’m going to catch up on things. I’m going to take a computer course at Brookdale. I’m going to take a writing course, as well. I’m going to visit all the relatives I haven’t seen in a while. I’m going to relax. I’m one of 10 siblings and I’m going to visit them all this summer.

Tony Malke & Marrisa Whaite, Eatontown - We’re planning on spending the summer together in Asbury Park. Fishing and going to the beach. Pretty much we’re going to spend our summer in Asbury. We like it here.

Tony Malke & Marrisa Whaite, Eatontown – We’re planning on spending the summer together in Asbury Park. Fishing and going to the beach. Pretty much we’re going to spend our summer in Asbury. We like it here.

Paul & Mary Kay Oliveira, Tinton Falls - When we’re not working, we’re going to Seven President Park. We’ll be spending as much time a the beach as possible. We’ll be at the shore all summer spending our time and our money.

Paul & Mary Kay Oliveira, Tinton Falls – When we’re not working, we’re going to Seven President Park. We’ll be spending as much time a the beach as possible. We’ll be at the shore all summer spending our time and our money.

Pansy Robinson w/Jaydene, Neptune - We’re not going on vacation this year. No money. Pansy will be working at Riverview Hospital and working around the house. My vacation will be spent fixing up the house. Jaydene plans to eat, sleep and watch TV. She’ll be catching up on school work.

Pansy Robinson w/Jaydene, Neptune – We’re not going on vacation this year. No money. Pansy will be working at Riverview Hospital and working around the house. My vacation will be spent fixing up the house. Jaydene plans to eat, sleep and watch TV. She’ll be catching up on school work.

Wayne Taylor, Nino Jr’s - Hopefully I have my toes in the sand and a drink in my hand. My sons works at the Allenhurst beach, so I go there. It’ll be between Nino Jr’s and the beach. That’s it.

Wayne Taylor, Nino Jr’s – Hopefully I have my toes in the sand and a drink in my hand. My sons works at the Allenhurst beach, so I go there. It’ll be between Nino Jr’s and the beach. That’s it.

Janet Torsney, Asbury Park - I want to learn how to stand-up paddle. I took my first lesson on Father’s Day in Asbury Park; SUP Asbury. It’s summer time, I don’t want to stretch myself out with too many goals. And, of course, I’ll be at the Bradley Beach Library all summer. Stop by.

Janet Torsney, Asbury Park – I want to learn how to stand-up paddle. I took my first lesson on Father’s Day in Asbury Park; SUP Asbury. It’s summer time, I don’t want to stretch myself out with too many goals. And, of course, I’ll be at the Bradley Beach Library all summer. Stop by.

What do you think of the American soldier being traded for 5 Gitmo prisoners?

 

THE COASTER asked these Shore-area residents, “What do you think of the American soldier being traded for 5 Gitmo prisoners?” Here are their replies:

Ellen Zanetti & Jim Wagner, Morristown - We think it stinks. It was underhanded and deceptive. Anything that’s done under the cover of darkness, it sets a bad precedent for our troops over there. Now they think they can grab a U.S. soldiers and get 5 of their own back. It puts our troops in danger.

Ellen Zanetti & Jim Wagner, Morristown – We think it stinks. It was underhanded and deceptive. Anything that’s done under the cover of darkness, it sets a bad precedent for our troops over there. Now they think they can grab a U.S. soldiers and get 5 of their own back. It puts our troops in danger.

Lori Finley w/Ashlyn & Kayle, Ocean - I think it was an abomination. I believe in No Soldier left behind, but there should have been more investing. Did he desert? I think it’s a travesty that Obama didn’t consult Congress first.  We elected them to represent us, they should have had some input. And now there are 5 terrorists back, and what do you think they’re going to do. I feel like we’re not the America I used to know, anymore. The president should follow the law. I think it was wrong. This guy very well may be court marshalled.

Lori Finley w/Ashlyn & Kayle, Ocean – I think it was an abomination. I believe in No Soldier left behind, but there should have been more investing. Did he desert? I think it’s a travesty that Obama didn’t consult Congress first. We elected them to represent us, they should have had some input. And now there are 5 terrorists back, and what do you think they’re going to do. I feel like we’re not the America I used to know, anymore. The president should follow the law. I think it was wrong. This guy very well may be court marshalled.

Wayne Johnson, Neptune - Well, I don’t think it was a negative. Let’s wait until all the information comes out, and let’s hope he’s not a deserter. On the positive side, the war is coming to an end and we’re bringing home our last known P.O.W. I’m not worried about the prisoners too much. I’m 100% certain they will keep tabs on those guys and they won’t cause any harm.

Wayne Johnson, Neptune – Well, I don’t think it was a negative. Let’s wait until all the information comes out, and let’s hope he’s not a deserter. On the positive side, the war is coming to an end and we’re bringing home our last known P.O.W. I’m not worried about the prisoners too much. I’m 100% certain they will keep tabs on those guys and they won’t cause any harm.

Paul Miller, Boston & Estelle Miller, Tinton Falls - Paul: I think there should have been more transparency with Congress before the deal was made, as the law requires. Estelle: I think I would like to hear all the facts before I make a decision. It certainly hasn’t been discussed enough as far as I’m concerned.

Paul Miller, Boston & Estelle Miller, Tinton Falls – Paul: I think there should have been more transparency with Congress before the deal was made, as the law requires. Estelle: I think I would like to hear all the facts before I make a decision. It certainly hasn’t been discussed enough as far as I’m concerned.

Margie Parrillo, Bradley Beach - It’s a national disgrace. I believe, from what I’ve seem and read, he was a deserter. And, while his life is valuable, I feel the exchange for these Taliban leaders puts Americans at greater risk. It’s just a disgrace that he’s being treated like a hero, and he’s not a hero.

Margie Parrillo, Bradley Beach – It’s a national disgrace. I believe, from what I’ve seem and read, he was a deserter. And, while his life is valuable, I feel the exchange for these Taliban leaders puts Americans at greater risk. It’s just a disgrace that he’s being treated like a hero, and he’s not a hero.

Marlene & Jim Stoever - We think it was wrong. We think it was an abuse of power. Obama should have consulted Congress before hand. We’ll see what happens.

Marlene & Jim Stoever – We think it was wrong. We think it was an abuse of power. Obama should have consulted Congress before hand. We’ll see what happens.

Tiffany & John Suarez, Ocean - We don’t like it. We support the military. We appreciate those who serve, but we don’t like the way this went down. Everyone who signs up understands the risk. If he was a prisoner of war, that’s one thing, but he walked away. He’s AWOL.

Tiffany & John Suarez, Ocean – We don’t like it. We support the military. We appreciate those who serve, but we don’t like the way this went down. Everyone who signs up understands the risk. If he was a prisoner of war, that’s one thing, but he walked away. He’s AWOL.

Dwight Taylor, Asbury Park - I think the decision to exchange the prisoners for Bergdahl was worthwhile. Our policy not to leave any soldier behind was followed. The circumstances can be worked out later. The thing is, we’re only told a certain amount of information from the government as to what the deal was, but it was up to us to get him back.

Dwight Taylor, Asbury Park – I think the decision to exchange the prisoners for Bergdahl was worthwhile. Our policy not to leave any soldier behind was followed. The circumstances can be worked out later. The thing is, we’re only told a certain amount of information from the government as to what the deal was, but it was up to us to get him back.

Tom Viggiano, West Long Branch - I don’t think we should have made that deal. I think we set a bad precedent. We’re still at conflict with them. We’re dealing with terrorists. I think it opens up a new scenerio where soldiers or even civilians could be captured. I’d be very leery about traveling to Europe now. I was considering a trip to Europe before this.

Tom Viggiano, West Long Branch – I don’t think we should have made that deal. I think we set a bad precedent. We’re still at conflict with them. We’re dealing with terrorists. I think it opens up a new scenerio where soldiers or even civilians could be captured. I’d be very leery about traveling to Europe now. I was considering a trip to Europe before this.

The 13th of June falls on a Friday this month. Are you superstitious?

 

THE COASTER asked these Shore-area residents, “The 13th of June falls on a Friday this month. Are you superstitious?” and here are their replies:

Carmela West, Carmela’s - No, not when it comes to Friday the 13th. My grandson was born on the 13th and it was one of the happiest days of my life. I think of 13 as good luck.

Carmela West, Carmela’s – No, not when it comes to Friday the 13th. My grandson was born on the 13th and it was one of the happiest days of my life. I think of 13 as good luck.

Liza Aschettino, Wanamassa - Yes, kinda. I only believe in the one, don’t walk under a ladder.  When I was younger they would tell me that. I always have to knock on wood in order not to jinx myself.

Liza Aschettino, Wanamassa – Yes, kinda. I only believe in the one, don’t walk under a ladder. When I was younger they would tell me that. I always have to knock on wood in order not to jinx myself.

John Baccarella, Tinton Falls - I’ve never been superstitious. It’s just another day for me. I don’t even think about it. I walk under ladders all the time. No problem.

John Baccarella, Tinton Falls – I’ve never been superstitious. It’s just another day for me. I don’t even think about it. I walk under ladders all the time. No problem.

Sister Maureen Christensen, Lakewood - Friday the 13th is a lucky day for me. My father and brother were each born on Friday the 13th. It works in reverse for me, it’s good luck.

Sister Maureen Christensen, Lakewood – Friday the 13th is a lucky day for me. My father and brother were each born on Friday the 13th. It works in reverse for me, it’s good luck.

Matthew Ciuccio w/Angelina, Nyack, NY - I’m not superstitious at all. I don’t care about a black cat or walking under a ladder. Life is what you make of it.

Matthew Ciuccio w/Angelina, Nyack, NY – I’m not superstitious at all. I don’t care about a black cat or walking under a ladder. Life is what you make of it.

Jessica Hawkins, Sunset Diner -Yes, I am. I’m old school Italian and we believe in the Malouk, that’s when someone can put a bad wish on you. I believe in that sort of thing.

Jessica Hawkins, Sunset Diner -Yes, I am. I’m old school Italian and we believe in the Malouk, that’s when someone can put a bad wish on you. I believe in that sort of thing.

Brandon Healey, Carmela’s - No, not really. I believe in karma. If you do good things, good things happen. If you do bad things, bad things happen.

Brandon Healey, Carmela’s – No, not really. I believe in karma. If you do good things, good things happen. If you do bad things, bad things happen.

Nikki Iadanza, Ocean Grove - I believe in the magic of it. Everyone always thinks it brings out the worst in  people and events, but I think it brings out the good stuff.

Nikki Iadanza, Ocean Grove – I believe in the magic of it. Everyone always thinks it brings out the worst in people and events, but I think it brings out the good stuff.

Chuck & Sue Mitchell, Neptune City - Chuck: Yes. I’m superstitious. If I’m playing baseball I never step on the white line. If we win the game, I don’t change my socks. And I even have a black cat. Sue: No i’m not superstitious. And I don’t think Friday the 13th is a bad luck day. For no particular reason. I think you make your own luck, good or bad.

Chuck & Sue Mitchell, Neptune City – Chuck: Yes. I’m superstitious. If I’m playing baseball I never step on the white line. If we win the game, I don’t change my socks. And I even have a black cat. Sue: No i’m not superstitious. And I don’t think Friday the 13th is a bad luck day. For no particular reason. I think you make your own luck, good or bad.

Mike Phillips, Wanamassa - About some things I guess.  When I was playing sports I was very superstitious about the socks I wore and how I dressed. I wrestled in high school and college. Only bad things could happen If I didn’t do my routine.

Mike Phillips, Wanamassa – About some things I guess. When I was playing sports I was very superstitious about the socks I wore and how I dressed. I wrestled in high school and college. Only bad things could happen If I didn’t do my routine.

Vicky Roon, Ocean - I’m really superstitious. I was born on the 13th, but not a Friday. Sometimes my birthday falls on Friday the 13th. And I do have a black cat, Meeko.

Vicky Roon, Ocean – I’m really superstitious. I was born on the 13th, but not a Friday. Sometimes my birthday falls on Friday the 13th. And I do have a black cat, Meeko.

Sharon Spiropulos w/Haley, Wanamassa - A little, I guess. If I see a black cat in front of my car, I get nervous. Friday the 13th doesn’t scare me. I don’t watch horror movies because I don’t like being scared. I avoid it.

Sharon Spiropulos w/Haley, Wanamassa – A little, I guess. If I see a black cat in front of my car, I get nervous. Friday the 13th doesn’t scare me. I don’t watch horror movies because I don’t like being scared. I avoid it.

Jane Stada, Neptune -This year, Friday the 13th happens to be June 13, which is the Feast of St. Anthony. St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost items. He has helped my friend and me on several occasion to find important lost items.

Jane Stada, Neptune -This year, Friday the 13th happens to be June 13, which is the Feast of St. Anthony. St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost items. He has helped my friend and me on several occasion to find important lost items.

Ron Weir, Neptune City - No, not at all. I believe in karma, not so much superstition. As for karma, I think it comes around to get you every time you do something wrong. I do auto racing and when I do things wrong, I never have a good day at the track. It always comes back to get me.

Ron Weir, Neptune City – No, not at all. I believe in karma, not so much superstition. As for karma, I think it comes around to get you every time you do something wrong. I do auto racing and when I do things wrong, I never have a good day at the track. It always comes back to get me.