NEVER HAVE SO FEW RISKED LIVELIHOOD OF SO MANY PEOPLE

NEVER HAVE SO FEW RISKED LIVELIHOOD OF SO MANY PEOPLE

It is not possible to take a short lunch break while reading The Journal of Commerce anymore. Every week there appears another article reporting more delays and problems over the dredging for the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Aside from losing my appetite in the short run, in the long run I can hear the sucking sound of Maersk Sealand changing its mind and bolting for Baltimore, jeopardizing the whole port and the $20 billion in annual economic activity it creates.Never have the needs of so few, in this ''advocacy group for clean waters,'' ever threatened the livelihood of so many people in the greater New York-New Jersey area.

I strongly suggest the JOC copy the editorial of Dec. 27 (''Dredging and air quality,'' Page 5) and mail it to the members of this group of narrow-minded people. It illustrates that if they succeed in delaying or killing the dumping needed for the dredging, then they must be prepared for (according to your math in ''Eye-opening illustration,'' Dec. 20, Page 5) 40 miles of tractor trailers loaded with containers coming back up to the New York-New Jersey area for delivery with every mega container ship that has to go elsewhere.

Basically this would equate to the air quality in New Jersey being destroyed totally, with end-to-end tractor-trailers lined along the entire length of the Jersey Turnpike!

TED ANDERSON

Partner Charles H. Anderson Lumber Jersey City, N.J.

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