To the editor:

As you may be aware, I have opted to run as an independent candidate for township council this fall. This was not a decision I made lightly, as I have always been a Republican and consider myself one to this day. I have been active in West Milford for some time now, and I have never been more worried about the negative impact of politics on our community. It seems individuals have opted to place party loyalty and personal gain over the interests of our fellow townspeople. As a result, our township is rife with personal feuds, public controversy, and political gamesmanship. What happened to the days where people came together to have open discussions about how to improve our community? What happened to the Golden Rule? I respect that we may disagree from time to time, but as a lifelong resident of a place that has been so kind to me, my interests have only been in serving our community. At this time, I can no longer serve those interests and the people of West Milford by being a member of the West Milford Township Republican County Committee. While I maintain optimism that we can return to the civility and discourse our town used to have, it is with disappointment that I respectfully resign from the County Committee at this time. Please accept my resignation.

Marilyn Lichtenberg

West Milford